If you’re newer to Freya West, I
Here’s what I’m drinking in right now:
She Always Knew How by Charlotte Chandler. The “West” in Freya West is a nod to the inimitable Mae West. I love her films, the doors she opened for women, her moxie, and of course, her brilliant one-liners. I’ve been meaning to devour this biography of her for a while. It’s based on a series of interviews with the 86 year old Mae, and reads like one long afternoon in her apartment. Although some of her memories sound embellished, it’s great to read how she viewed the path of her life. The book is funny, sad, and unapologetic. Her personality is just as fierce at 86 and she paints a picture of how she viewed herself all her life, self absorbed and loving it.
A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin. I actually just finished the audio version of this mammoth tome read by Roy Dotrice (who holds the Guinness World Record for the most characters voiced in an audio book for Martin’s Game of Thrones!). Clash of Kings is the second book of the series A Song of Ice and Fire. If you’ve been watching the new HBO series, you already know Game of Thrones is a wonderful story and I posted my thoughts on the book here. A Clash of Kings slows the pace somewhat, and I wasn’t as interested in the war strategies and especially a very long boring battle at sea, but the mysticism is interesting and the rise of magic, a visceral and intense experience, is dealt sparingly and powerfully. The end did leave something to be desired, and I felt more like I’d finished a chapter than a book, but I’m anxiously waiting to read A Storm of Swords next!
The Blind Assassin by Margret Atwood. I actually haven’t started on this one yet, but I love Margret Atwood and am excited to read more of her work. Assassin is hailed as an ambitious and complicated work, which is just what I’m hungering for right now. First Line: “Ten days after the war ended, my sister Laura drove a car off a bridge.” Based in the 1940s around one family, then plunging into a novellette by the deceased Laura, then delving into tiny science fiction parables all interspersed with the main narrative, I’m excited to tackle the intricacies and savor Atwood’s prose.
So, what are you reading this summer?