Sunday, May 18, 2008

Searching for Paradise in Parker, PA

A novel by Kris Radish.
Quickie Recap: Addie and Lucky are depending on an exotic trip to "paradise" to save their marriage, but when an accident prevents them from travelling, the whole thing implodes as their whole neighbourhood watches. Lines are drawn - boys vs girls - and all of suburbia goes to war.
Quickie Review: If you're thinking that this isn't my usual kind of book, you're right. It isn't. It is, however, my mother's kind of book, and so we read this one together. I was prepared to be shocked and appalled, but to smile bravely through it, but the real shock was that I wasn't at all appalled. Yes, it's light reading. Perfect for the hammock. But it's not bad reading. It had me laughing, and nodding in appreciation, and it was exactly the kind of book that was fun to read with someone else so that we became part of the bitching, too. My mother particularly enjoyed the bits that were told from the male perspective - somehow, the fact that men always say something dumb, even when they know it's dumb, rang really true. It's not going to win any literary prizes, but I bet it will get tossed into umpteen beach bags this summer.
Quickie Recommendation: Have some time to kill sitting by the pool, mai tai in hand? This, then, is the perfect solution.


Steven W. Beattie said...

Hey, men don't always say something dumb. Even when we know it's dumb. ... I just farted.


Lorna said...

Have i told you recently that you're brilliant?