Some of My Favorite Books

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

So Much for That by Lionel Shriver

Well, well, well. After a long dry spell of book duds, I finally found a book that I thoroughly enjoyed reading the entire time, and the real clincher, I didn't want it to end.

So Much for That is Lionel Shriver's latest book, and it's fabulous! Not fabulous in a sweet, isn't-life-wonderful kind of way. No, I'm not a lover of Pollyanna crap, and this ain't that.

The premise of So Much for That:  Hard-working, plays-by-the-rules New Yorker, Shep Knacker, wants to accumulate enough money for the Afterlife, what he calls his dream of leaving it all to move to the island of Pemba in Africa. But as life does, he's thrown a curve ball in the ninth inning. And so the story unfolds. This book contains a fabulous take on health care in America and the dilemma of hard-working, tax-paying citizens that often feel screwed to the wall for following the rules. It's tough and honest and so well written.

Shriver's writing is up to snuff in So Much for That just like the other two books of hers I've read:  We Need to Talk About Kevin (it won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2005) and The Post-Birthday World. Wanna-be fiction writers should read her books for a lesson in the use of foreboding. She is a wonderful writer. Read it!

Book ReadSo Much for That
Author: Lionel Shriver
ISBN: 978-0-06-145858-3

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