Books to Read When Your Brain Has Melted
Consider these the literary equivalent of a day spa: sink in, tune out, turn page, turn page, turn page.
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Butterflies in November
296 pages; Grove Press, Black Cat
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What if the day your husband left you for another, younger woman (who also happens to be pregnant with his child), you did not sob, scream, eat chocolate, drink a bottle of cheap merlot or call your mother? What if, instead, you made your soon-to-be ex-husband a goose supper, bought a million-dollar-winning lotto ticket and set off for holiday with your best friend's son around Iceland’s Ring Road? In this winsome and whimsical novel, nothing is strictly realistic and you can be absolutely free from having to worry or freak out —thank God!—about our middle-age heroine falling into a pit of despair. Instead expect her to survive with grace and courage, due to very real moments of humor (the lunch at the boy's globally sensitive nursery school includes "black olives, fermented whale, mozzarella, feta cheese, French goat's cheese, blood pudding, dried fish and mushrooms") and very real moments of feeling—such as the unexpected kinship that a childless middle-age woman and a deaf, visually impaired boy can develop on a road trip with no end.
— Leigh Newman