21 Books to Read This May
Tuesday Nights in 1980 is a novel about art and New York City, love and disappointment. Again and again, the temptation is to underline passages: "She was a lime after a shot of strong tequila." "He began to remember all of the things that painting had once conjured for him: molasses, sand dunes, the feeling of holding hands."
There are riveting plots and subplots. A mother is separated from her child. A brother abandons his sister. An artist is rendered unable to paint. A city sells its soul. Still, the book's magnificence remains in its shadings, descriptive and emotional. Toward the end, you'll find yourself turning the pages slowly, sorry to realize you're almost finished, thinking, as one character does about returning home: "But how can you go back? You have only just gotten here."