.....and nothing suits.
I have started and stopped 10 books in the last 10 days, looking for something, ANYTHING, that will hold my attention for longer than 10 minutes. Everything is too serious, too important, too something. I don't want complete fluff (not another cat mystery novel, anyway), but I want that old kind of "settle down into the story, and the longer the better" book that charmed me so as a teenager.
I think I may have finally found a contender: Herman Wouk's Marjorie Morningstar. It's been on my shelf for a year now--ever since the last Friends of the Library sale, when I purchased it for $2. I began reading it Monday evening, and continued last night. High hopes--it's the two decade story of a young Jewish girl who wants to break free from her parents' lifestyle and become an actress.
Read some of the reviews on Amazon--lots of "I loved this book when I was 17, but was disappointed in the ending. Now that I'm grown, I appreciate it much more!" That sounds promising. And a fair subset of "A period piece--thank goodness we don't have to worry about losing our virginity the way Marjorie did." And "feminists probably won't like Marjorie". Well, if they don't, I almost surely WILL.
I need to read some really good "stories." I need a break from dark and dismal. Dramatic tension? OK. Angst and sorrow as the purpose and/or meaning of the book? Need a break.
Got any other suggestions?????