Missing Person by Patrick Modiano
“I’m reading this one for the Murder in the Afternoon book club, meeting at BookPeople this upcoming Tuesday. Ever since I found out that Modiano had won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2014, wrote the screenplay for Lacombe, Lucien,and primarily wrote detective novels, I’ve been anticipating reading his work, and Missing Person does not disappoint. Like Lacombe, Lucien, it is a moving and desperate exploration of the nature of memory and the quest for identity in the context of post-war France. Missing Person is more an existentialist detective novel than an actual mystery – the story follows a man as he plunges into the past in the hopes of recovering his memories and identity, both lost to amnesia at the end of the war. Delving into his own wartime history, like delving into that of his nation’s, cannot be done without compromising information coming to light, and this is the essential metaphor of the novel. Looking forward to discussing it on Tuesday!” You can find copies of Missing Person on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.
The General In His Labyrinth by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
“It’s about Simon Bolivar’s final days as he’s going to the sea, off into the sunset. He was the George Washington of South America but failed in his ambition to unite the continent into one country. Marquez writes Bolivar as the Great Liberator, foiled in his final intentions, but a figure who freed more people and land from colonial control than any other general. In the book, however, Bolivar is frail, poor, has lost his fortune, has no uniform, and passes his time remembering his glory days.” You can find copies of The General In His Labyrinth on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.
The Cartel by Don Winslow
“I’m not too far into it – it’s an exciting continuation of the story begun in Winslow’s Power of The Dog. The Cartel is a clear-eyed, frightening look at the Mexican drug trade, which would not exist without the American demand for drug imports. Winslow gets inside the heads of all his characters, and while Winslow’s book is loosely based on current events, its factual accuracy has little to do with how good it is.” You can find copies of The Cartel on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
“A tragic premise – teen Hannah records via tapes the people and events leading up to her suicide. Told through the eyes of Clay as he listens to Hannah’s tapes and rediscovers the town and classmates he thought he knew. When and how should people be responsible for their own actions? Should society change so that we raise more thoughtful and conscientious children? Read this one with a friend because you will want to discuss it!” You can find copies of 13 Reasons Why on our shelves and via bookpeople.com.