The past is never settled in this unsettling novel by Magda Szabo.
The murder of young Henriette in WWII has a lasting effect on all of the three families that had been peacefully living closely together in Budapest until the. Her death is symbolic for all that happens in the book during the war and the communist period afterwards. In their complicated attempts to save one another, the characters are just as likely to destroy one another. ⬇️
I finally read this book during my long weekend away after seeing rave reviews from #nyrbbookclub. I loved it so much and can count Cassandra as one of my favorite characters in literature. ♥️ Exquisitely written and a fabulous story.
Ever since the #NYRBbookclub read Malcom‘s In the Freud Archives , I seem to be finding Malcolm‘s or they keep finding me. Goodwill!
I have very very few books with #heartsoncover but the one I do is fantastic. Keane's Good Behaviour is a dark comedy of a character who very well might have killed with kindness. Aroon St. Charles is a fascinating complex character & despite the vitriol of her mother much is left unsaid in this chilling, effective novel. #NYRBBookClub for the win #marchmagic @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @eggs
This book was grim, but also brilliant.
It's an excruciating portrait of a lonely, unattractive (we are told), middle aged woman who bores her only "friends" to death each Sunday. She's not got any money, but at least she has her faith, right?.... right?
Well-written, believable characters, vivid, tragic, poignant. This is a highly effective piece of storytelling; just be prepared for 250 pages of joyless misery!