Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Eleanor Rigby

by Douglas Coupland.

Quickie recap: Liz Dunn imagines herself to be boring on the brink of invisible, and she is, that is, until her long-lost son from a teenage pregnancy that nobody knows about shows up and puts her life on a different path where she suddenly realizes that loneliness is not the only way.

Quickie review: Coupland is hit or miss for me, but this one was a pretty big hit. He actually seemed to be writing at a comfortable maturity level. It was touching and sweet while still retaining the detachment that Coupland's style is famous for. And for a book about profound loneliness, it manages to be funny and sarcastic and light.

Quickie recommendation: I hate that I liked it, but I did, and I think it's a pretty safe bet.


Curly Glamour Girlie said...

I liked this one too. Couldn't get into Miss Wyoming but loved Eleanor and Nostrodamus. I have J-Pod sitting on my bedside table awaiting me.

La Cremiere said...

I have not read the book, but it is an awesome Beatles song with elaborate lyrics.

"Where do all the lonely people come from?"

Jay said...

La cremiere - that last line is pretty much the theme of the book.