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Literary Sara

What I've been reading on the trolley. 

Currently reading

Salt Fish Girl: A Novel
Larissa Lai
A Place of Greater Safety
Hilary Mantel
Make Art Make Money: Lessons from Jim Henson on Fueling Your Creative Career
Elizabeth Hyde Stevens
Moby Dick: or, the White Whale
Herman Melville

White Truffles in Winter

White Truffles in Winter - N.M. Kelby This book is as opulent and sensuous as the title suggests. Although the characters and narrative go through long stretches of poverty, war, and deprivation, everyone is so hungry for beauty and deliciousness and romance that they find it, even if they have to root it out of the earth. So the novel is immensely satisfying to read in some respects - the description of food and meals is glorious! - but frustrating in another, as none of the characters exhibit the same sensitivity and mastery when it comes to love and friendship. Lovers and spouses are forever calling each other by names the other does not like, spending years apart, sending useless presents and withholding much-desired demonstrations of affection. It's realistic, I suppose, but a little discouraging.