I have a soft spot for fiction that takes place in New England and particularly Boston, and so this one, set right near C4′s home turf, obviously caught my eye. It seems like a fairly straightforward literary novel, dealing with class, relationships, and what it means to be an outsider. But the 1970s Cambridge setting and McGrath’s promise of the “slyly comic” have me interested in learning more.
Having grown up at one, a summer camp is another favorite setting of mine. This book sounds really good, and Franzenian in scope. If follows a group of friends from their time at an arts summer camp in the 70s all the way to the present, 50 years later. A book this big (in size and scope) takes some real chops to pull off. I don’t know anything about Wolitzer, but McAlpin seems to think she’s up to the task. Put this one in the ‘definitely’ column.
I’m not sure if I’m into the idea of a “thriller lite” or not, but the premise of this book (old people are suffering a seeming epidemic of dangerous falls in a low-income area of NY targeting for commercial development) does have promise. The book take place in a fictional corner of the Bronx, but draws on actual persons and events of history, which I like when done well. This one’s just a maybe for me, but worth a further look.