So I’ve been on a reading glut of late, and I thought I would share what I have been reading.
California Fire And Life by Don Winslow. This is a lean, mean read that doesn’t relent in pace and execution. Winslow is a great writer who uses social tensions and makes them personal. It’s brutal and humane writing that is pared into a punch of a book.
The Twelve Children of Paris by Tim Willocks. Baroque and operatic writing informs Willocks and it fits perfectly in this book set against the massacre of Hugenots in 1257. It’s very violent and robust but it’s solid and capable in the telling.
I’m currently 200 pages into John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath. It’s a beautiful book about the migration of people after The Great Depression and it talks about the corrosive conflict of economic change versus humanity and dignity by showing the experiences of the Joads as they make their way to California. I tear up at simple kindnesses and this book demonstrates a courage and a devastating eye for detail. The book breaks your heart and for nearly eighty years of age, that’s powerful work.