Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I, Mona Lisa (Jeanne Kalogridis)

I am ignorant of Italian history, but I found this novel to be entertaining, albeit in a campy way. A few too many coincidences and interesting turns of events for it to be believable, but it is fiction, right?

An interview with the author suggests that she is fastidious about attention to historical detail, which is admirable. I enjoyed it and it was thick enough to be satisfying.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Homeplace (Anne Rivers Siddons)

Another in my recently rediscovered zest for Siddons. The place is familiar but the time is actually more modern and this book deals with the fallout of the Civil Rights movement for one family (and their acquaintenances). Interesting central characters with a variety of odd relationships among them. Gothic and entertaining, just like I like my Southern novels. Has a great resolution and the sense of place is fantastic.