Sunday, August 06, 2006

76. "Household Words" ~ Joan Silber

Published in 1980, this is the Jewish version of Terms of Endearment. Life's a bitch and then you die.

The novel follows Rhoda's life, from childhood until death (yes, I gave away the ending). She traverses the good - meeting her husband, the bad - losing several close family members at young ages, and the ugly - a daughter that borders on hateful.

Without the edgy dialogue and bittersweet one-liners, this book would be too depressing to read, but Silber uses humor like Emeril uses his special ingredients. Pow!

3.5 out of 5.0 Dead on Arrivals.


Nathan said...

Hey, you're really plowing through the books lately. At this rate you'll have no problem making your goal of 150.

Kristin Dodge said...