What a fabulous book! The overarching story weaves together the individual stories of Pasquale, an Italian who runs a not-so-successful hotel; Dee, an...moreWhat a fabulous book! The overarching story weaves together the individual stories of Pasquale, an Italian who runs a not-so-successful hotel; Dee, an unconventionally beautiful actress from America; Pat, a ne'er-do-well American musician; Claire, a young woman in the movie industry who is fed up with the movie industry; Alvis Bender, an "author" who can't seem to write; Shane, who has a Big Idea for a movie; and Michael Deane, The Hollywood Executive.
It's a pretty fascinating story, told in time-travel format (We're in Italy in 1962. Now we're in Hollywood, "recently." Now it's Seattle in the late '60s. Now back to Italy in 1962. Hollywood "recently." Idaho!). Their stories are beautifully written, and their characters are beautifully developed. I love the time-travel format, and it's probably what made me power through this book so fast -- I wanted to see how all the different time frames and threads were going to come together.
(And it's not really historical fiction about the northwest, but there were so many great drop-ins about Seattle in the 1960s, or today, or the '70s, that I felt like I was at home :) )(less)
This was SUCH a good book! I'd imagine almost every one knows the story of Apollo 13 -- if you weren't alive for it, you know of the Tom Hanks, "Houst...moreThis was SUCH a good book! I'd imagine almost every one knows the story of Apollo 13 -- if you weren't alive for it, you know of the Tom Hanks, "Houston, we have a problem" movie. Even if you didn't see the movie, they've got a problem! You know they're in a spaceship, far, far from home, and they've got a problem! You know the story. And most likely, you've seen the movie, too, so you know what a harrowing experience it was, and all of the man hours, from the crew in the ship to the rooms of people in Mission Control and their pads of paper and MacGyver-like fixes for some of the problems, that went in to saving the astronauts.
And it was SUCH a good movie! But the book was good, too! The two are a great complement to each other. While reading the book, I never felt like I was wasting my time, like I got everything out of watching the movie. On the other hand, trying to imagine I'd read the book first, I still think watching the movie would be good because everyone in the movie is SO good at bringing the story to life! Reading the book, I can imagine that it was scary, and the book described how Jim Lovell kept his attitude calm most of the time, because that's his training. But to *see* Tom Hanks with those same emotions on his face or in his voice bring Lovell's and Kluger's words and descriptions to life.
SUCH a good book! SUCH a good movie! SUCH a great pair together! Read the book! Watch the movie! Do both!(less)
""We're almost there, Gabriel," he whispered, feeling quite certain without knowing why. "I remember this place, Gabe." And it was true. But it was no...more""We're almost there, Gabriel," he whispered, feeling quite certain without knowing why. "I remember this place, Gabe." And it was true. But it was not a grasping of a thin and burdensome recollection; this was different. This was something that he could keep. It was a memory of his own."
(view spoiler)[And then they get on the sled, which just *happened* to be waiting, and they were free! "For the first time, he heard something that he knew to be music. He heard people singing. Behind him, across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too. But perhaps it was only an echo." (hide spoiler)]
Agh! How heart-breaking! In a good way... I think. All I know is that when I realized I was on the last page of the story, I gasped. I gasped because I didn't want it to end, and because "Wait! That's all?!?! What happens next?!?!"
This is like 1984 for the Young Adult Fiction set. Good book. There's no condescension to the younger crowd, and it has actual substance, in contrast to a lot of current YA fiction. This is a fabulous book, even for adults.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)