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Book Title: Something Blue: A Novel|
The author of the book: Ann Hood
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 13.63 MB
Edition: Open Road Media
Date of issue: January 28th 2014
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Read full description of the books Something Blue: A Novel:This was originally published in 1991, so the pop culture references are dated and there is a definite sense of it being an early, less polished work (I had a similar experience when I picked up Lionel Shriver’s reissued A Perfectly Good Family). Still, this novel has Hood’s trademark emotional insight, albeit with a bit more of a chick-lit feel than in later novels. It reminded me most of Linda Yellin’s What Nora Knew (and, indeed, some of the earlier Nora Ephron/Meg Ryan comedies set in New York).
The main characters here are three 30-year-old girlfriends. Katherine fled on the morning of her wedding (thus the wedding connotation of the title), afraid she’d be settling by becoming a boring Connecticut dermatologist’s wife. Lucy was Katherine’s college roommate but they drifted apart (I kept waiting to hear in a flashback about some major bust-up to explain the chill between them, but alas, it never came); she is dating Jasper, a failed dancer, and conducting Whirlwind Weekend tours of Europe for provincial Americans while working on her career as a children’s book illustrator. And finally, Julia, a native New Yorker, lives an entirely temporary existence: she bounces between short-term subletting contracts, does temp jobs, and has one foreign lover after another.
All of the characters (including Jasper) are unaccountably blue. Life is not living up to their expectations; they are unsure what the future holds, and often too afraid to do what they really want to do. “Lucy wishes she had been born ten years earlier or ten years later. Either way, things would have been simpler…As it is, she’s caught somewhere between these two places. She feels she has missed out. There is no certainty for her.” I could empathize with such feelings of angst. Although I think Hood’s more recent fiction is much wiser and more subtle, it is still fun to catch up on her back catalogue.
Read information about the authorAnn Hood is the editor of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting and the bestselling author of The Book That Matters Most, The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread, Comfort, and An Italian Wife, among other works. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, a Best American Food Writing Award, a Best American Travel Writing Award, and the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
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