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Jincy Willett’s Winner

What a great title for a book, even though there’s a disclaimer at the end explaining that it hasn’t yet won any such award.  Here’s the blurb about it from goodreads 

Set in Rhode Island, Winner of the National Book Award tells the story of twins who could not be more different. Abigail Mather is a woman of passionate sensual and sexual appetites, while her sister, the book loving local librarian Dorcas, lives a quiet life of the mind. But when the sisters are sought out by the predatory and famous poet, Guy DeVilbiss, who introduces them to Hollywood hack writer and possible psychopath Conrad Lowe, they rapidly become pawns in a game that leads to betrayal, shame and ultimately, murder. Darkly comic and satirical, Jincy Willett’s Winner of the National Book Award is unnervingly funny and disarmingly tender whether she is writing about sex, literary delusion or Yankee pretension.

This one I read on my kindle and thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish.  I’m glad I didn’t read the small print on the cover first, because it’s NOT hilariously funny.  It’s biting and sarcastic and clever.  I like the author’s writing style.  For me, the best indication of how good a book has been is when it makes me immediately want to search out the rest of the author’s work because I can’t wait to read more of it.

It’s a breezy, cool, overcast morning with rain predicted for today and tomorrow.  I’ll be inside hard at work and not caring.   About the weather OR work, which cuts into my reading time, but also supports it financially.  And encourages it with a 40% off book table.  One should never walk by those things pretending to be indifferent.  There could be similar novels of “Fame, Honor, and Really Bad Weather”  just waiting for you to pick them up and take them home where they can entertain you for hours at a bargain price.

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