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.

2 comments:

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...

Erp.