by Allison Pearson |
REVIEWED BY SUE CORBETT
Nine years after her wickedly funny bestseller I Don't Know How She Does It, Pearson follows up with an equally witty novel about, of all things, '70s heartthrob David Cassidy. Raised in Wales, ardent fan Pearson-like her main character, Petra-wore only brown after reading that it was her beloved's favorite color. But in '04, when Pearson interviewed Cassidy, now 60, for a London paper, he told her the "facts" she'd read about him were made up. From that stunner, she spins stories about Petra, 13 in 1974, and Bill, the Cyrano-like journalist hired to write as Cassidy in Petra's favorite fanzine. Pearson follows both lives until they intersect, fatefully, 24 years later. Too young to have saved your Friday nights for The Partridge Family? You'll still enjoy this insightful story about how our youthful passions shape who we become.
by Karen Russell |
REVIEWED BY ROBIN MICHELI
In her debut novel, Russell creates a fanciful world in the Florida Everglades that seduces before you've turned the first page. Based on a story from her award-winning St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, this saga of an alligator-wrestling family coping with a mother's death and the collapse of their way of life is both comic and harrowing, and pulses with originality. Russell goes overboard with a contrived back-story about a dead seaman, but it can't sink her lushly written odyssey of survival and love.