Unlike Jamie Mason's 2013 debut novel Three Graves Full, which started with a bang, her second novel starts off very slowly and doesn't hit full speed until almost the end. It requires more patience, but not the barf bag that might be a welcome accessory to its predecessor. Definitely more Hitchcock than Tarantino, most of the novel takes place inside the narrator's head, laid out in precise detail.
Dee grew up in the shadow of her mysterious, bold, somewhat glamorous mother, who apparently worked in covert ops. Her mother taught Dee and her younger brother to always be aware of their surroundings, to pick up things other people wouldn't. Dee's response to this unconventional childhood is to be as "normal" as possible. She married the most "normal" man she could find, reliable Patrick, with whom she tried to build a "normal" life, but by the time we meet Dee, nearly a decade into her marriage, things are decidedly not normal. The book blurb gives you a good idea of where the novel is headed, just how far the marriage has deteriorated, but the slow build is still gripping. Alternating between the distant past of Dee's childhood and the near past of her marriage, we discover how Dee has found herself here: on Friday, where Monday's Lie has led her.
Setting up for the Adult Beginners’ Computer Class yesterday, I found a 1978 Bantam Edition of Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey. It reminded me of the summer I spent all of the month of July in Middleville, NY, with my Aunt Kim and Uncle Don. It’s the richly imagined cover illustration that gets me every time.
Of course, this novel is also an important story about a young girl’s attainment of maturity and confidence in her talents. The main character escapes an impossible home life, lives by herself, and continues to compose music badly needed in her world.
Also, tiny dragons.
And that’s why I wanted to read this book, a sequel to Dragonsong, a book I didn’t ever even see until two years later. The little dragons, all colors, drawn on the cover of the book are irresistibly beautiful. I wanted to know about those little dragons flying around. The heck with Menolly’s personal fulfillment and acceptance into a male-dominated profession! She confronts jealous, petty girls her own age and triumphs, who cares! She has little dragons coming in the window! That’s what appealed to me.
I have grown older. I have read and loved many books since Dragonsinger, even many books by Anne McCaffrey, but none have ever been so perfectly timed for me. If you are, or if you know, a twelve-year-old girl who likes swords and dragons and alien worlds more than princesses and teenager drama and vampires, this would be a good book.
But speaking of swords and dragons and PRINCESSES, I want to tell you about a girl called Cimorene…
Here at the Pendleton Public Library, we like to knit and we like to crochet and we like to sew. Gertie Sews Vintage Casual, by Gretchen Hirsch is a book that helps us sew every vintage outfit a librarian could ever want. The author not only includes sewing tips and instruction, she also provides updated patterns with a vintage feel. These patterns are simple, but beautifully fitted. The author helps you draft her patterns to your personal measurements, so the fits you wish you had from ready-to-wear clothes are now available to you. Those nipped-in waists from a 1950s pattern have been made accessible for the modern clothes horse. Gretchen Hirsch has also written Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing, a guide to improving your sewing projects. The finished product will be head and shoulders above your past garments.
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