I can't believe that February had ended! Although, I am not a winter girl, so there is no complaining here! As a matter of fact, we spent 2 weeks at the beach in February, so that helped alot! You would think that I would have gotten plenty of reading done, sitting by the pool, but, alas, I was just too busy! I am reading a long book right now, so it won't be included here until March. So...my reading for February..
1) The Archivist by Martha Cooley. This is a book that I have picked up several times to look at, but never went ahead and got it to read. It came up on a list of books recently, so I decided to read it. I ended up liking it quite a bit. It is the author's first novel and she will definitely be one that I will follow.
The two main characters of the book (or are they?) are Matthias Lane, a 65 year old archivist and Roberta Spire, a graduate student. Roberta wants a look at the archived letters related to reasons that she had just learned that her parents had been Jews who escaped the Holocaust and converted to Christianity. Because Eliot had converted to Catholicism, she was hoping to learn how her parents may have come to their conversion decision. She was not aware that the Holocaust played a role in Matt's wife's breakdown. Matt had also had to commit his wife to an asylum.
So there are many elements going on in the story, with lots of different comparisons and/or similarities. Like Eliot, Matt was a rather isolated person, who tended to remain detached from others. His blossoming friendship with Roberta lead him to begin to realize his part in how his life had played out, in terms of his own decisions.
3) The Last Midwife by Sandra Dallas. This was a book chosen for one of my book groups. I had read it some years ago, so it was the second time for me. It was a good, interesting story, but the ending was abrupt and unsatisfying. It made
our group wonder why she spent so much time writing the book and then ended it the way she did.
Oh, did my review end abruptly? So did the ending of the book.