Books,  Just Life

the solace of leaving early.

{warning – no pictures and lots of words!}
just finished it while Sara had her tennis lesson…and loved it. Wanted to share a few thoughts on the book while they were fresh.First – it’s by Haven Kimmel – she also wrote A Girl Named Zippy, which we read in bookclub in the fall of 2002. And we loved it. Kind of quirky, but real enough that we could relate.So when I saw this book, I knew I wanted to read it. And Katie gave it to me for Christmas.I was hooked from the prologue:

…they looked like two little clouds, darkened before the coming storm…

Little girls is all they were.

Definitely promised something good.And it did, but it took me a while to get it. Along the way, I marked a few cultural references that I need to explore. Honestly, I mostly don’t like it when I don’t get the reference, but with this book, there were so many, I finally gave into it and started marking everything I didn’t get. I had a long list:

*Emily Dickinson – understanding the metaphorical relationship between women and dogs (this was the first one – on page 41 – I haven’t read much, maybe any?, Emily Dickenson…)
*Mrs. Dalloway (I know I know this one…)
*Other authors – Paul Tillich, A.S. Bryant, Margaret Drabble, Francine Prose, Shirley Jackson, E.M. Cioran
*John Donne
*Art – Carravaggio’s Deposition and daVinci’s Annunciation (I know I don’t know much about art)
*Music – Schubert’s trio in E flat, opus 100

looking forward to the research and hopefully finding some new things to love.There was also a lot of beauty in the ideas and words. A few of my favorites:

Three times tonight I’ve heard, out of the blue, a little piece of Brahms’s lullaby over the intercom. What does that mean? Is it a code of some kind? … Sort of. We play it every time a baby is born. New moon. Busy night. (aaawwww….loved this!)

She tried to imagine the world, even just one square mile of it, from the point of view of God – the appearances and vanishings, the abandoned objects, doors left open in haste – how it must look over centuries…

…we’re bound to lose our parents – we may even lose our children – but we should get to keep our siblings to the end, and they got to keep each other. (siblings are a big part of the story – losing them, loving them, and how they shape the people we become… I hadn’t thought about those relationships as much in my adult life, but I need to!)

…bottom line – highly recommended… and if you’re like me, bear through the first 100 pages. It gets so good it’s hard to put down!