February 7, 2008 -- Thursday evening

Reading all the way up the escalator--I stopped her at the top to find out what was so gripping.

It's called Suite Française, and it's by Irène Némirovsky. The author died in Auschwitz in August of 1942, shortly after writing the stories the book contains: two novellas about the German invasion of Paris--which she experienced--written virtually in real time. Here's a NY Times review about the book that describes the difficulty of writing fiction in real time.

What she's enjoying about Suite Française is that, though the author's real life has a sad ending, the stories themselves bring out the good that happened during that time.

Her favorite books--The Power of One, by Bryce Courtenay and The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley.

Books are, to her, a release--she loves experiencing other people's creativity.

1 Comment:

Starley Family said...

Thanks for the book recommendation. This sounds like a winner!