Hay, Elizabeth. Garbo Laughs. McClelland & Stewart, 2004. ISBN 978-0771037931 384 pp. $
Posted on behalf of the lovely Marcella:
I just finished Garbo Laughs—which I LOVED–by Elizabeth Hay. Quiet yet powerful novel centered around one family and neighbourhood in Ottawa during the big ice storm (big for us. not sure if it was for you guys too) and in particular one woman who ‘lives’ through movies-particularly old movies–her emotional life really revolves around the stars and plots and so she tunes out of her real life for her reel life–oh the cliche, marcella! anyway–I loved the language and storyline and I think you will too!
Thanks for the invite to join the Hip Librarian’s Book Blog, April! Hello Allison! Glad you both liked Ella Minnow Pea! Mark Dunn has a new one out which looks equally good, haven’t read it yet but would like to. it’s called Welcome to Higby. See a review of it at http://mostlyfiction.com/humor/dunn.htm
I have just finished reading two books by Elizabeth Knox. And I am a big fan! Especially for The Vintner’s Luck–pure magic! beautiful prose, tackles themes including bisexuality, love, friendship, family, war, wine making…. Beautiful! See more about her and her books at http://www.vuw.ac.nz/vup/authorinfo/eknox.html
I hope you’re all having a good first week of September and the return of kids to the books. At the bookstore where I work we’ve been seeing some amazing teacher’s choices–such as The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie-haven’t seen that on a reading list for a very very long time!