This has been a busy week. It has been raining non-stop and everyone is tired of it. Today it finally stopped but the temperature was a bleak 39 degrees. I want spring!
Baby Zach finally got to go home. Yea! I have been reading some interesting books. Elizabeth loaned me The Secret by Julie Garwood and it reminded me of the light romances I used to read years ago. I was surprised to see it took the moral high ground and didn’t consummate the character’s “white-hot flames of lust” until after they were married. I am actually old enough to remember Harlequin Romances, Harlequin mind you (!) that did the same.
I read but have not reviewed Empire Falls by Richard Russo. It is about a dying town after the town’s factories went overseas. I am currently reading American Rust that echoes those themes. I wonder if these are just the stories of our times. Unemployment, foreclosures, not able to afford even to move to a better place. What do people do in the face of such hopelessness?
Empire Falls is about those who stay behind. American Rust has characters that are desperate to leave. Which is the right path? There is just no telling. One thing is for sure: the way out of this type of poverty is a long and hard one.
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