Hey ya'll. i know it's been kind of quiet on the home front here. Today was the Pride parade/celebration in the neighborhood that I work and it was insane. I had so much to prepare for and today was busier than Christmas. It was fun experiencing my first pride parade and the insanity, but I am mentally exhausted, and have to get up tomorrow morning and keep pushing through. You know you work too much when you think Saturday is Monday.
Anyways, I will be posting some news about the giveaway tomorrow, a little late but it's for the better. For now, I wanted to start the discussion about the July book club book, St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves. I have had a chance to get about 100 pages in. I normally tear through books in a day or so, but I just haven't had the time. I do love this book so far. I wish the stories were longer though, and I am guessing that's why she wrote "Swamplandia" to follow up with the first story.
So far, my favorite story, so far, was the short about the young astronomer who gets involved with an ironic crime circle. The gang is comprised of the "bad boy" from school, a pretty little girl and an albino man-child. Their ultimate goal is to steal baby turtles, although don't have any idea what they will do with them. It is such a familiar feeling, being away for the summer and getting mixed up in hi-jinks. It is the ultimate child fantasy. Although there is a darker side to it. I like that about each story. Light and strange, intertwined with dark and moral.
There is a common theme of innocence and youth in each story that makes the oddities of the short easy to digest and relate to. The story in which the young boy is forced by his brother to look for their dead sister through magical goggles seems so unreal. However, the logic is so childish and hopeful. The elder brother blames himself for his sisters death/disappearance, so finding her through magic will ease the guilt.
One of the things I love about these stories are the places they take you to. They are so mysterious, yet could exist anywhere. Places I want to fall into through the pages of this book.
What do you think so far? Which characters stand out to you? Which story do you love? Is there anything you don't like about the book? I'd love to hear your thoughts! We can discuss more of the book in the comments!
Thanks for playing along!