And the book I’m reading now is one of them. It’s by Geoffrey Becker and called Hot Springs. It’s about Bernice, a somewhat unstable young woman, Landis, her male friend, and Emily (or Pearl), Bernice’s five-year old daughter who she had previously given up for adoption and has, at the beginning of the book stolen back from the adoptive parents. I’m only on page 82, but I am liking this book a lot. And just now I read this:
I like that.
“Anyway,” said Gillian, “you can’t ever go home. Home isn’t a real place. I mean, it is, but only partly. It’s also connected to time and people and just the way the world was back when you were younger, and who you are inside, or who you were. There’s nothing sadder than walking along a street that used to mean something to you and finding out that it doesn’t at all any more, that you’ve moved on and it’s just a street.”
A few of the other books I've picked up and am looking forward to:
Going Bovine by Libby Bray
Sleepless by Charlie Huston
Impact by Douglas Preston
Alice Have I Been by Melissa Benjamin
This last one - a fictional biography of Alice Liddell Hargreaves, for whom the Alice in Wonderland books were written - is especially intriguing. In college, I roomed with one of her descendants. Wonder if she's read this book?