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Musing Mondays2

This week’s musing asks:

What are you currently reading? Is it any good? Would you recommend it?

I’m currently reading two very different books: The Man of the House by Stephen McCauley and Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy. McCauley has always been a staple when it comes to LGBT/Gay fiction for me. I have enjoyed his other works, including the most recent Insignificant Others and my favorite Alternatives to Sex. He’s funny, pithy, and sarcastic. He’s a keen observer of relationships and the unpredictable terrain of family, friends, and lovers. The Dud Avocado follows the romantic and comedic adventures of a young American who heads overseas to conquer Paris in the late 1950s. It chronicles the adventures of Sally Jay Gorce, who travels to Paris, pursues acting, loses her virginity, and does all the funny things you’d expect an inexperience girl to do in a foreign city. This book surprises me with its depth, and the moral of the story isn’t set up so that your nose is rubbed in it.

5 Responses

  1. Since you like “funny, pithy, sarcastic” wondering what your thoughts are on “Songs for the New Depression”? Trenchant observations help ease the bite! I loved it, but read one review which said the lead was too misogynistic. He is, but he hates everyone-trying to keep others at arms length, which was part of what made him so fascinating. Curious to hear your take. Have you read it?

    • No I haven’t read it but thanks to your mentioning it now I’ve got another book on the list. A misogynistic protagonist? That makes me want to read it even more!

  2. The Dud Avocado is one of my all-time favorites. I look forward to your review!

  3. I am currently reading The Secret History, by Donna Tartt, and would definitely recommend it. It is so crazy good it is disturbing my sleep!

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