When I started this book, I was not able to put it down; I cannot wait to read about what happens next. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is a story about “a quirky yet lonely woman whose social misunderstandings and deeply ingrained routines could be changed forever—if she can bear to confront the secrets she has avoided all her life. But if she does, she’ll learn that she, too, is capable of finding friendship—and even love—after all.” (goodread)
There weren’t many characters in this story. However, each of them are lovable and especially Eleanor–you really feel yourself grow with her through the story, and experience what she was feeling. She is truly weird and wonderful. This is an important book about mental health, family relationship, dealing with loss. Yet, Honeyman is able to take on an humorous tone that makes you laugh and cry.
This book is just published in May. Highly recommended!! Especially if you liked The Rosie Project, Courting Greta, Lost and Found, and anything like that, you will really enjoy this book.
As part of a personal and work related goal, I have been setting aside my typical chick lit and psychological thrillers and exploring genres I would likely never read. The Sisters Brothers, for example, is a Western! Since I would much rather watch a film instead, I did not know how I would feel about this genre in book format. As soon as I read the first chapter however, I knew I was going to enjoy it. Set in the Gold Rush era, Charlie and Eli Sisters are contract killers hired by a man known as the Commodore. Told from the perspective of the younger Sisters brother, Eli hopes that this job will be his last; as he would much rather retire from his life as a paid assassin. I really liked the tone of the novel, the writing style, and the insight into Eli as a character. This was my first Western, but it won’t be my last!
Author Jacqueline Woodson is best known for her award-winning books for children, including her memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, which was a Newbery Honor book in 2015. Her latest release shares a setting with that book, and may also be inspired by some of Woodson’s childhood memories, but Another Brooklyn is fiction for adults.
August has returned home for her father’s funeral when she catches a glimpse of a face from the past on the subway. The sighting transports her memory to 1970s Brooklyn, a time and place when she and her girls–Sylvia, Angela, and Gigi–were walking the fine line between childhood and womanhood. Brooklyn is a city also in the midst of change: August doesn’t know the names of the white people moving out of her Bushwick neighborhood, but she knows their moving vans. Where the four best friends once jumped double dutch and cavorted in the spray of a fire hydrant on a hot day, they now see strung out veterans and men whose eyes linger just a little too long on their young bodies. Having moved to the city from Tennessee with her father and brother, August is waiting for her mother to join them, “tomorrow and tomorrow…”
On Goodreads, no less an author than Roxane Gay (Bad Feminist) called Another Brooklyn a “love letter to black girlhood”. Though this novel is a short read, it is a powerful one that will stay with you after you turn the last page. The writing is poetic, as befits a writer named the Young People’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. If, like me, you enjoy well-written novels that examine female friendship, even if they break your heart, you will love Another Brooklyn.