What happened here?

what alice forgot


What’s it about?

Alice is 29, happily married, and pregnant with her first child. She’s happy about this. Which would be wonderful, except for the fact that it’s in her head – she’s really a 39-year-old mother of three and about to be divorced. She’s hit her head. Now she needs to figure out just what happened in the last ten years.

Why should you read it? 

I personally will always pick up any book by Liane Moriarty because she does the PTA-mom thing so well. She gets all those power dynamics, and because that’s the world I live in, I enjoy the satirization of it. In What Alice Forgot, she also covers exercise, long-term relationships, power dynamics, and, in this case, how a friendship ruined a marriage.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about books about relationships. This is partially because of my recent foray into reading romance books. But anything that’s about relationships, particularly when there’s at least one woman involved, tends to get classified as “women’s literature” whether thats romance or chick lit. And then it can be dismissed, or treated as lesser somehow.

Any maybe this is just me being ashamed of something I shouldn’t be – maybe this is a latent, internalized misogyny on my part. (God knows I’ve found enough of that as I’ve been raising my daughter – it’s amazing where it lurks.) But I suspect it’s more than just me – that books written by women, about relationships really are marginalized. (This story on Jezebel about what happened when a female author sent out her novel under a man’s name is enlightening.) And I wish that didn’t happen.

So I will continue to read and review books by women about women and relationships. And hope it helps de-marginalize it at least a tiny little bit.

Real world? What real world?

The Rosie Project


What’s it about?
The Rosie Project is a cute little beach read about a professor with Aspberger’s syndrome and his hunt for a mate. It’s told from his point of view; Rosie is a PhD student he crosses paths with. He starts to help with her project, and ends up having fun.

Why should you read it? 
You should read The Rosie Project on vacation somewhere, as a further distraction from the real world. It’s not going to change your life, but it will entertain you for a few hours. Sometimes, that’s exactly what you need. You can also admire the fact that it’s written with an autistic person as the main character – something you don’t find every day. (Diversity in fiction is important!)