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Tuesday Nights in 1980 by Molly Prentiss
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it was amazing

I'm not a good book reviewer. I always want to review a book, but then I get that weird feeling of who am I to question a published book and/or tell someone else whether or not they should read it. Especially people I don't know that well and/or know their reading tastes. But I thought I'd share about this one. I hovered between 4 & 5 stars. It was serendipitous that I stumbled across this book because I keep bumping into a lot of things surrounding art and synesthesia lately. So that may be clouding my judgement. I felt that I should probably give it 5, but I'm one of those crazy people who feels like 5 is the most perfect book ever. Then I realize that thinking that, in itself is weird, and that I should just bite the bullet and give it a 5 because it is a debut book and I'm already disappointed that there isn't another book of hers to read, so I should just probably stop being stupid and give it a 5.

Powell's shared a great essay from Molly Prentiss about quitting. I'm glad she didn't quit and that she pushed through to write the book she did. Although now I'm wondering about all of the words she did cut and would love to know about the stories on the cutting room floor. :) Funny enough though... one sentence in that whole essay almost put me off reading the book. She talks about how someone read a chapter of the book and made a reference to Sex and the City. Because of that, I thought that it might be a cheesy book. I'm so glad that I didn't let that deter me from reading it because I can't quite imagine how that connection was made.

For some reason I can't quite put my finger on at the moment, the writing almost felt like a star-crossed love affair between Donna Tartt's Goldfinch (something more than the art) and the writing of Lauren Beukes (maybe the mystical dreaminess or happenstance?). I don't really know... but it is a positive for me either way.

I picked this up from the library yesterday and read it almost straight through. It was one of the best books I've read in awhile. It had a definite rhythm and pulse, and it was so full of densely-rich imagery and prose, it was almost overwhelming at times. It often felt like a poem that had been stretched out over several hundred pages. I always enjoy books that leave me wanting more, and this one definitely did. I wanted to find out what the characters would do next. But the ending didn't leave me angry like when you read some books and realize that the author didn't have a way to come to a tidy conclusion so they just lop it off and end and you're like What?!?!. Instead it feels like it is a glimpse into lives that you come into contact with for a little while, but then they go on without you and you'll find yourself wondering about them from time to time.

It is one of those books where you hope they make a movie out of it, but at the same time, you hope they don't because you know that the movie wouldn't be as good/rich as the book and you don't want the experience ruined.

I'm sure there are people who will have negatives to say about the book. I am not one of those people who look for them. There were a couple of spots where longer comma-rich sentences were rough and pulled me out of the trance of the stories, but they were few and far between.

I think that you will definitely hear good things about this book, and I'm looking forward to her next novel already.
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Reading Progress

April 8, 2016 – Started Reading
April 8, 2016 – Finished Reading
April 9, 2016 – Shelved

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Karen Wonderful review! I just loved it too!!


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