The Queen of Tuesday by Darin Strauss
What’s it about?
This book chronicles an imagined love affair between the author's real life grandfather and Lucille Ball.
What did it make me think about?
When will this really strange book have a clear direction? The book did made me think about what constitutes a good marriage, but that thread is lost among all the other threads that the author tries to weave.
Should I read it?
Darin Strauss is obviously a talented writer- and yet I disliked this book. It was tedious to read. So choppy- one moment the characters are having a discussion and the next moment they are having an inner dialogue. It was just hard to get in the flow of the narrative. For the record my dislike of this novel had nothing to do with my feelings about Lucille Ball. It had everything to do with the writing style.
"If you want to know a person, learn what she keeps herself from remembering."
"He's been dipping in and out of time, paying occasional attention to this, his non-Lucille life, his actual life. It hasn't quite been unendurable. Just utterly beside the point. "
If you liked this try-
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
The Swans of New York by Melanie Benjamin
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3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!