And now for something completely different...
Just finished The Beautiful Cigar Girl. I discovered this book through a (now debunked) report posted on The Hollywood Spy, claiming Joaquin Phoenix would play Edgar A. Poe in the movie version. The mention of Poe sent my nerves tingling and I immediately picked up this book. It didn't disappoint.
Let me be clear, I am not one for nonfiction. However, this tightly woven twining of Poe, the murdered Rogers, and New York City in the early 19th century is scintillating.
I also read A Reliable Wife last month. At first I was a little disappointed in the plot--I felt like I'd seen it before. Then...I got wrapped up in Goolrick's writing style. Sharp, image-forming, even shocking at times--he has a definite style all his own. And I loved it.
Earlier in March, I read Mark Mills' The Savage Garden. I was smitten with his intricate overlay of murder, Italy in the 1950s, young academics, and a savage family with a secret garden. So, I read his other work, Amagansett. Equally beautiful in imagery and plot structure. In this book, Mills takes on post-WWII life in the Hamptons--from the locals' perspective. Add in a touch of murder, dangerous seas, and some hyper-wealthy characters, and you have a literary tale worthy of Dickens and Melville.
What are you reading? What have you recently finished? Any recommendations?