I fell in love with David Lynch when I watched Blue Velvet for the first time. His world, filled with strangeness, deformity, eroticism, a peculiar beauty and love for the past, resonated with me, right away. Later, when I was living in London, I bought his book Catching the Big Fish that ended up inspiring me a lot.
A few months ago, I read Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud by Anne Helen Petersen and there was a chapter about women and literature, and more specifically, about Jennifer Weiner and her feud with Jonathan Franzen. That made me want to read one of her books to see how I felt about her work. When I saw that her latest one - Mrs. Everything - was coming out this Summer, I knew I had to read it! I didn’t really enjoy it, however.
What Red Was by Rosie Price was such a pleasant surprise. Crown Publishing pitched this book to me and, although the premise sounded interesting, I didn’t really know what to expect, especially because it focused on a difficult topic. But Rosie Price reminded me a bit of Sally Rooney and we all know how I feel about Rooney!
Three Women by Lisa Taddeo has been everywhere. It was one of my most anticipated Summer releases and has been described as the book of the Summer. Words like “extraordinary” and “profound” keep popping up in reviews. My expectations were high. What follows is however an unpopular opinion. Perhaps, the only negative review I’ve seen around. But things are what they are. I didn’t enjoy this book. I didn’t think it was good. I am in the minority, though.