- Alexander, Lloyd — The Black Cauldron
- Anthony, Piers — Letters to Jenny
- Cooper, Susan — Over Sea, Under Stone
- Proulx, Annie — Close Range: Wyoming Stories
- Kincaid, Jamaica — Lucy
I've been thinking I haven't made as much progress as I like on my books, but then I realized I'm a tenth of the way to my goal and still in the first month of the year. I might have a chance!
I picked Lucy up this week when I needed a quick read while I ate lunch. This proved to be just the ticket. I used the fortune from the Chinese restaurant I'd lunched at as a bookmark. It reads, "Accept yourself," which is a fitting summary of the book.
The book follows a year in the life of a young woman who leaves her home and family in the West Indies to be an au pair in some northern American city. Over the course of that year she undergoes several transformations, some subtle, some not, as she comes to terms with who she is.
The book is filled with incisive observations. Kinkaid has a talent for seeing that "x" and "not x" are not necessarily negations or contradictions, that both conditions can hold true and often do in life. It's a thought-provoking little book written in a readable and vivid style.