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The Sunday Salon #9

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I am very slow with completing books this semester, so I thought that it would be fun to have a progress report of my reading.  This is an online reading group where all the participants set aside time to read every Sunday and blog about the experience.

I just realized that I posted this on Saturday-- oh well, it is still Sunday Salon-ish! During exam period, I have such a tough time keeping up with dates and times (with the exception of actual test times)

I continued the book I started three weeks agoSt. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves makes for good reading while in law school.  The short stories are easy enough to read quickly, but bizarre and filled with enough twists to keep my attention.  This morning, I read the last two stories "Accident Brief, Occurrence #00/422" and the flagship story "St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves." Both of the stories were sad. The main characters were frustrated with their current circumstances but did not have the power or resources to create a change.  This week, I also read, "Out to Sea." The main character in that story was an older man with one leg who lived in a retirement community that is made of boats.  After taking Elder Law this semester, I found myself wondering why he did not plan for better long term care.  The story was also sad because the main character's main source of companionship is a visit from a teenager who steals from him.   

I will post a formal review later.  Overall, I enjoyed the book. I found the stories engaging even though I felt sad, disturbed and frustrated at the resolution (or lack thereof) of almost all of the stories.  For more discussion on this book, please visit Planet Books.  This was the March/April selection for the online book club. If you are interested in participating in the May/June book club, you can vote for the selection here.

Posted on Saturday, May 3, 2008 at 1:32PM by Registered Commenter[beastmomma] | Comments2 Comments

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That does sound very sad indeed, but unfortunately not so uncommon as to seem unlikely. Having just come out of a long period caring for both my elderly parents I find that at the moment I can't read stories about such cruelty. I find them just too believable. I hope the test go OK. When will you be free of them?
May 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnn Darnton
I wil be free of the tests by May 15th!
Thank goodness. I agree these elderly stories are pretty common and I find the stories hard to read because as my parents age, they are starting to hit closer to home.
May 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterbeastmomma

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