To Go: 53
41. The Gift — Nora Roberts
42. A Winter Solstice Celebration — DiDi LeMay
43. Limitless — Alan Glynn
44. Stuff White People Like — Christian Lander
45. The Nature of Jade — Deb Caletti
46. The Time Traveler’s Wife — Audrey Niffenegger
47. The Forgotten Waltz — Anne Enright
Oh, hello there! It’s been a while, but I finally finished my next challenge book. I’ve actually been dying to read The Forgotten Waltz for the longest time (in fact, I’d go into Chapters at least once a week just to stare longingly at it while waiting to finish the other books I had on my shelf…I can’t make this up!), and I finally got around to it. How exciting.
In Dublin, in the winter of 2009, it’s just snowed terribly. Thirty-four-year-old Gina Moynihan spends the day recalling the series of events that led her to falling for the love of her life, Sean Vallely, before going in to town to pick up his 12-year-old daughter, Evie, from school.
It was one of those books where I honestly couldn’t make much of it. I just felt so upset throughout the whole thing, and spent the majority of the book either irritated with or sad for Gina, who falls in love with this absolute mess of a man (who, to be honest, didn’t strike me as the nicest type of guy) while still married. Her whole life basically turns to shit, and all I wanted to do was shake her by the shoulders and tell her what to do.
It was frustratingly and perfectly real — it captured both the mundanity and the tumultuousness of desire and love, and did not seem even a bit fake. It was, however, a real downer, and the story (which was not told chronologically) was occasionally a little jarring.
I wouldn’t not recommend the book, because it was very good, but it was by no means my favourite. However, if you do choose to read it, be forewarned: the Irish phrases and comments are actually a little confusing at times (I had to reread some things for clarity and play word-detective).
Next book: One Day — David Nicholls