Looking for something to read over the weekend?
Nothing on your book radar that is screaming “read me!”?
Check out my Friday Favorite – it may not be new, it may not even be by an author you have ever heard of, but it will be a book that has captured both my imagination and my heart.
If you have been following my blog for some time, you will be familiar with Jacob M Appel’s work. He writes with a wry humour and a strong grasp of our all too human foibles. If you are new to my blog, then I am delighted to introduce you to one of my favorite short story authors who has recently branched out into writing novels. Please do wander through my archives and take a look at the other works of this amazing author.
Lizzie’s father resigned himself to his diagnosis. He informed the Pontefract Board of Education that he had six months to live and that he did not intend to spend them at the office. Then he composed a list of people who harbored him ill will – a shady plumber he’d sued in small claims court, his estranged step-brother in Las Vegas – and he telephonedeach one to apologize. One night, the thirty-eight year old agnostic middle school principal summoned his daughters to hot cocoa at the kitchen table and announced, “I fear I’ve taught you girls too much grammar and not enough forgiveness.” So Lizzie was mortified, but not unprepared, when her father insisted on taking them to meet the sex offender.
THE BLURB: A couple adopts a depressed hedgehog; a stranger shows up, claiming to be the father of a girl’s imaginary friend; a woman kidnaps her ex-husband’s turtle; a family is evicted from their home, but was it ever really theirs? Heartbreaking and hilarious, the eight stories of Einstein’s Beach House examine how we deceive ourselves and others, all to arrive at something far more real.
MY THOUGHTS: I loved these stories and will be seeking out more of Mr Appel’s works.
I tried to limit myself to one story per day as they are so thought provoking, but was not always successful.
This is a quirky, eclectic and occasionally dark collection of stories about human nature – mostly about that “aha!” moment in our lives, when things become perfectly clear, even if only momentarily.
Both Appel’s stories and his characters remain with you long after you have finished reading.
Thank you to author Jacob M Appel for providing a copy of Einstein’s Beach House for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions. Please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the ‘about’page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com for an explanation of my rating system. This review and others are also published on my Goodreads.com page https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1249010959