There is such a lot going on in "Manhattan Beach" that, for me, the book couldn't handle it all. And I think she focused on the diving woman aspect because that was the most interesting. I agree, it was. The absent dad, damaged sister, sea-faring secrets, sexy dangerous gangsters.... all just too much, didn't flow together & I skipped till I got to where I wanted to be. Still, though, what a terrific writer she is! Her women characters are always very compelling. Waiting for the next, haven't given up... ***
The Temptation of Forgiveness by Donna Leon :: Always excellent, this may be the best of the bunch. ****
The Waters of Eternal Youth by Donna Leon :: Excellent, engaging. ****
Sunburn by Laura Lippman :: Absolutely outstanding new novel by one of my favorite authors. She continues to grow and evolve, and create even more interesting novels about women in the modern world.
In this one, she tells the reader many, but by no means all of Polly's secrets, so that you are never quite sure of what is happening in the past (after killing her first husband & leaving her daughter) or in the present (after leaving her second husband & daughter). I thought I knew, but had it all wrong. Go, Laura! *****
Down the River unto the Sea by Walter Mosley :: Outstanding Walter Mosley novel of NYC police corruption, redemption, re-evaluation, and restitution. You cannot go wrong reading Mosley; make this a movie. Thanks to Mulholland & NetGalley for an advance copy for my Nook.*****
The Rub of Time: Bellow, Nabokov, Hitchens, Travolta, Trump: Essays and Reportage, 1994-2017 :: He can chill you with his awesome language skills. Perhaps non-fiction gaining the upper hand? So happy I'm a Martin Amis fan. Thanks to Knopf & Edelweiss for an advance copy for my Nook.*****
Conversations with Friends: A Novel by Sally Rooney :: Good writing, interesting mix of characters and inter-relationships. But, me, your Impatient Reader, it took too long to get where it was going, so I skipped & skimmed to the end. Love the cover. Hope she does more. Thanks to Hogarth & Edelweiss for an advance copy for my Nook. **