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A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
Spoiler ahead, so if you don't want to know, read the book first. In this one a young American, Henry, is serving in the Italian Army during WWI. He meets Catherine, who is grieving the death of her husband (I think I've got that right, it's been a while since I read it.). Henry and Catherine see a lot of each other while Henry is recovering from surgery and they flirt, pretending to be lovers. Soon it develops into something real and after some hair-raising combat situations, they escape to Switzerland. A few months later Catherine goes into labour, delivering a stillborn child, and then dies herself from complications. Henry is alone in the rain at the end, Of course he is, it's Hemingway. 

I didn't love the story or the characters. Henry seemed distant or disconnected somehow, and Catherine was a bit much, but when I read Hemingway none of that matters. It's not about the plot or the characters for me, it's just about the writing. I love spending time inside his words, where the clarity, the purity of the language is as heady as mountain air. I've never found another author who makes me feel like I can breathe deeply inside his books. There is no clutter of words, no swarms of adjectives/adverbs  buzzing around your head like mosquitoes. It's fresh and...well, uncontaminated, and a joy to read.     

The Hours by Michael Cunningham 
Looking at Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway from three different perspectives, this book made me realize I hadn't read the original with nearly enough depth. I found this unique treatment of it thoughtful and smart. The first part of the book is a day in Woolf's life as she works on Mrs. Dalloway, sees her sister and talks to her husband over dinner. The second part is a day in the life of a Mrs. Brown who is currently reading Mrs. Dalloway, and the third part is a modern-day Clarissa living out Mrs. Dalloway's day, planning a party for a friend who is being honored with a poetry prize, going out to buy flowers and making observations about people and life. I thoroughly enjoyed this.  

Facing the Light by Adele Geras

The Closer I Get by Paul Burston 

Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy

The Rain Watcher by Tatiana DeRosnay

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie 

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

This Time Together by Carol Burnett

The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Finding Gobi by Dion Leonard 

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan


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