Reading is definitely at a slow pace around here lately, but as we get into a routine in our rental house, it's picking up a bit. Last week (our first week here) we found 4 (FOUR!) natural gas leaks in the basement and kitchen (thankfully fixed now), and have been working around the many carpenters, painters, and flooring repairers that have been coming in and out. Yes, the last tenants were real winners.
But otherwise, things are calming down, I found my new local library (HOORAY! More on that soon), I am no longer huffing gas fumes, and today is my first official day flying solo as a stay-at-home-mom (husband started his new job this morning). All exciting things! Though I'd be lying if I said I wasn't excited to move into our actual house next month...
Anyway, my current read:
The Banks of Certain Rivers by Jon Harrison
Neil Kazenzakis is barely holding his life together: ever since an accident left his wife profoundly disabled, he's been doing his best as a single dad and popular high school teacher. He's also been dealing with Lauren Downey, his sort-of girlfriend of the past two years who's pushing for a commitment—and for Neil to finally tell his son Christopher about their secret relationship.
Neil's carefully balanced world begins to fall apart when some questionable footage of him is anonymously posted to YouTube...just as Chris learns about Lauren in the worst possible way. Doubting his own recollection of the events in the online video and threatened with the loss of his job and the ability to care for his wife, Neil must find a way to prove the truth to his family, his community, and himself as he struggles to regain the splintered trust of his son.
Heartbreaking, poignant, and written with devastating humor and warmth, The Banks of Certain Rivers is a shattering story of memory, loss, and just how far a man will go to show the people closest to him the meaning of love.(from Goodreads)
I received a copy of this novel for review a while back, and finally got around to starting it last week. It's Harrison's debut novel and I am really enjoying it so far. The story is taking a while to unfold, but I love the characters and don't mind meandering my way through their journey. Hopefully a full review for you later this week!
What will I be reading next?
Likely going to be The Panopticon by Jenni Fagan. I'm on the TLC tour for August 20, and with my lethargic reading pace lately, I better start it soon! :)
After that, I have a few possibilities and tour books lined up, including Hungry by Darlene Barnes, Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa, and The Smart One by Jennifer Close.
What are you reading this week, friends?