life after life by kate atkinsonLife After Life by Kate Atkinson I love Kate Atkinson's writing style, plain and simple.  But I first fell for her work when reading her mystery books with the detective Jackson Brodie (handsome, flawed, compassionate), so I've been a teeny bit leery of reading her other books.  (I also like to savor books by authors I like, so I don't "use them all up" right away.)  Jason Isaacs, who plays Jackson Brodie in the BBC One series & narrated the audiobooks, hit the nail on the head when he said that her work is deceptively simple, "minute observations that reveal everything about a person through the most innocuous gesture or phrase." I also made the mistake of reading a few reviews of her newest book on Goodreads (which has nothing to do with Jackson Brodie).  Why do I do that?  What I love is her writing style, the plot is secondary.  I am only 1/3 of the way into the book and I hardly care what happens to the characters, as long as I can keep reading.  (Okay, sort of.)  One of my favorite sentences so far describes the younger brother in the family as "loyal and affectionate as a dog, and petted accordingly."  I showed it to my daughter, and she gasped with delight:  that's her brother, to a T. Unfortunately, the reserve list at the library for the actual book was a mile long, but I was able to get the library e-book right away, so I am reading this one on my Nook -- not my favorite way to curl up with a good book (though I do appreciate the almost instant gratification).  What are you reading this summer?  Or are you saving it for the Summer Reading Program?
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2 Responses to Wednesday Book Club.

  1. CJ says:

    I recently discovered Jackson Brodie on the BBC and I remembered that you had recommended these books before, so I am keeping a lookout for them at the library. I’m off on holiday on Saturday so I am going to have a rummage for a good book to take later on. Although I usually only have the time to read about one and a half paragraphs. I’m thinking of maybe taking the second in the Secret Benedict Society series, and then maybe the children will join in and read it too. Of course then I’ll end up without a book to read at all…

  2. Lisa says:

    Gina, I’ve never heard you mention Kate Atkinson, so I’m excited to read her books. After devouring the latest Jacqueline Winspear mystery, I’m ready for another mystery.

    Love the thought of starting with a clean slate…in your case this blog and in my case a new career. Exciting times!

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