Monday, June 19, 2006

The Madonnas of Lennigrad and Queen Of The Underworld

Just thought I would share my latest reading distraction. His name is Spike and he's a wild one. My eight year old cat is not happy at the moment.

Anyway, The Madonnas of Lennigrad by Debra Dean was a lovely story about a woman at the end of her life, suffering from Alzheimers, who re-lived the early days of her life the surreal world of war and hunger.

The Queen Of The Underworld by Gail Godwin (one of our most accomplished and celebrated contemporary novelists is the story of a young woman embarking on her first job in Miami during the early days of Castro's rise to power. While the main character is not completely likeable or sympathetic I was drawn in to the day to day drama of a new journalist trying to make a name for herself in world of Cuban refugee's and fierce competition.

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