Flying Under Bridges
3 journalers for this copy...
Reminded me a lot of books like The Sunday Wife (http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/869272/Hawkette/book_The-Sunday-Wife---BookRay-Cassandra-King), and Never Been by Elizabeth Berg. This group of books is alomst a new genre - mature women's fiction! It seems like the plight of the 3/4 life crisis!
The book starts off by telling you that Eve is in jail for killing her daughter's husband-to-be on their wedding day. And then through letters from prison and naration, tells the story behind why and how it all happened. So many issues here, but only just touched on. It seems that the author tried to fit it all in, but didn't get around to fully exploring each issue. Family secrets are unraveled, small town prejudices are shown in all their ugliness, and the fracturing of a marriage that has always seemed ok on the surface.
Loved the comment about someone running 2-3 hours a day, saying they will live 10 years longer - and Eve retorting "and you will have spent that extra time running", or words to that effect!!
I will be interested to hear what others think of the book. Will be sending off to the UK with another promised book shortly.
Planning to pass on at a meet-up on Tuesday in Winchester.
I found the main theme, a 45-year-old woman feeling life has passed her by, somewhat old-fashioned. Surely these days, even allowing for the fact that this was written in 2001, anyone who has stayed at home to look after a family has chosen to do so. There may be something of the empty nest syndrome but that wasn't explored at all.
As Hawkette has pointed out, there are several important themes which are touched upon but not looked at in any depth: women's liberation, environmental issues, religions, sexuality, even the plight of victims of stroke/dementia. Far too much! However I did find it amusing in parts and I did want to find out how it happened.
It was strange, the book I had just finished when I picked it up was We Need to Talk About Kevin, also written in the form of letters, that time from Eva rather than Eve. It involved prison and a murder too, but the books couldn't have been more different.
Thanks to all who have passed it on.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
At tonight's meet