Book Review | Bright, Precious Days by Jay McInerney

brightpreciousdays.jpegProtagonists Russell and Corrine have been married for years and are parents to school-aged twins. In New York City, he runs a publishing house and she works in the non-profit sector dealing with food redistribution. Both have, at times, strayed from their marriage, but they pride themselves in having weathered storms together. When a publishing faux pas lands Russell’s business upside down, and Corrine can’t keep her bloomers on, it’s a question of whether the storm will be too much for this couple to bear.

I was not aware until after reading this book that it was the third installment by the author about the protagonist couple. Bright, Precious Days works well as a standalone novel. Enough information about the couple’s history is woven into the text that they can be understood without further background. Mostly, I found this book to be an enjoyable read, though in some places I felt details or descriptions were overdone. The text would certainly be of interest to those wanting to read about the lifestyle of New York’s rich. Ultimately, the story made me contemplate people’s values and worth, leaving me with a somewhat hollow feeling. Check it out from a library near you.

I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to the author/publisher for participating in the giveaway.

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Film Review | The Daughter starring Sam Neill & Geoffrey Rush

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After many years away from his birth town and father, middle-aged Christian returns home to attend his father’s second wedding. The relationship between father and son is tense, owing to something other than the fact that the upcoming wedding involves the 31 year old housekeeper his father had previously employed. As Christian reunites with his old friend Oliver, he pieces a few old secrets together that threaten to break apart Oliver’s family.

This Australian drama based on Henrik Ibsen’s play provided much more than I’d bargained for. The story line was intriguing and the characters were easy to relate to. The acting was very realistic without anything being overdone. Music set to the film worked quite well and served to enhance the movie overall. While the budget for this film couldn’t have been too much with it’s rural setting, I’m actually surprised it hadn’t drummed up more attention in the film world. Though it may bring on a few tears, The Daughter is certainly worth checking out from your local library!

Book Review | Terms & Conditions : a novel by Robert Glancy

imageFrank has hit middle-life and is struggling after a car accident leaves him without his memory. As a lawyer at the family owned firm, his job is to write the terms and conditions fine print on major contracts. As memories return to him, he recalls some of the not so pleasant terms of his own life prior to the accident. His loving wife seems a bit less loving and his confident elder brother, the firm’s boss, seems more of a buffoon.

Told in the first person narrative, Glancy’s novel presents a character who is easy to relate to and understand. Frank is a middle child and often bends to the will of others, despite his own conflicting feelings. The book is more of a slice of life type set in England, without any extraordinary or unreal elements. Accessible to all, Frank’s tale is instantly interesting and the book is a pretty quick read. It would serve as good entertainment for a person feeling trapped in the everyday or an open-minded cynic. Check out the book or eBook from a library near you.