Oh Eileen. You are antisocial, you are untrustworthy, you are selfish and self-hating at the same time. You are obsessive, you are put-upon. The way you live your life makes my skin crawl.
So why do I love you so much? -Anje
This is beautiful book, the story of an impoverished, naive young artist in 1930s London, totally took me by surprise. At first the mishaps of newly-married Sophia and her husband Charles are funny and awkward--everything Sophia cooks tastes like soap; they paint all of their furniture sea-green; they live in terror of Charles' forbidding relatives; and they're always hard up for money. But through a masterful technique of Comyns, Sophia's wondering attitude slowly reveals as much about her (and her unconscious attempts to deflect the emotional impact of constant disappointments) as it does those around her, who benefit from exploiting her optimism and self-doubt. Some moments of the book approach psychological horror, and the happy ones (they exist!) come as a great relief.
This literary wormhole links mid-20th Century Venice Beach, CA; Renaissance Venice, Italy; and the Venetian Hotel in modern Las Vegas in an enchanting tangle of plot lines. When I got to the end, I turned back to the beginning and started again! -Emily
The Thief of Always is the chilling tale of Harvey Swick, a young boy who is so bored with his life that he wishes himself away to Mr. Hood's Holiday House, where the food is always good and Christmas comes every night. Just don't go to the lake or ask any questions about the enigmatic Mr. Hood. Part fairy tale, part nightmare, this an all-ages book for anyone who enjoys a fun and chilling read.-- Halley