Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which I share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers, who do the same.
To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.
Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists!
What a great way to spend a Friday!
Today’s feature is a recent download: These Violent Delights, by Victoria Namkung, a suspenseful and nuanced story told from multiple points of view. The novel examines themes of sexuality, trauma, revenge, and the American myth of liberty and justice for all.
Beginning: (Jane – April 2016)
“What is the point of a high school reunion when you can already see who got fat and bald on Facebook?” asks Caryn, the intern working with me this semester, and I can’t help but laugh because she’s right.
Caryn works one desk over from me, but she often steps into my cubicle to chat—and she’s quite chatty—anytime she’s on her way to or from the bathroom down the hall, which feels like ten times a day on average.
Friday 56: “Well, I’m eager to hear anything you’re willing to talk about. You mentioned that there was more to the story than what’s been reported so far.”(56%).
Synopsis: At Windemere School for Girls, one of America’s elite private schools, Dr. Gregory Copeland is the beloved chair of the English Department. A married father with a penchant for romantic poetry—and impressionable teenage girls—he operates in plain sight for years, until one of his former students goes public with allegations of inappropriate conduct. With the help of an investigative journalist, and two additional Windemere alumnae who had relationships with Copeland as students, the unlikely quartet unites to take him down.
Set in modern-day Los Angeles, These Violent Delights is a literary exploration of the unyielding pressures and vulnerabilities that so many women and girls experience, and analyzes the ways in which our institutions and families fail to protect or defend us.
When I heard about this novel, I had to have it. Such a timely topic in today’s world. What do you think?