Book Review: The Women
I didn’t love The Women, by T.C. Boyle.
Proof: It’s taken me about 3 months to finish it. I may or may not have snapped at my mom for saying “You’re still reading that?” the other day. Yes, yes I am!! Sorry, Mom.
But I didn’t hate it either.
It’s the second book I’ve read about Frank Lloyd Wright this year and I basically feel like I know him personally. The concept of this book is great. It’s the life of Wright told through his relationship with four different women. And it’s also narrated by a fictional apprentice of Wright’s, which gives a really interesting complexity to the novel. It wasn’t so much the concept or the plot or even the characters that I didn’t love, but more the style of the writing.
I’ve come to realize that what makes or breaks a novel for me, is the author’s ability to make me feel. I want to love the characters and become entangled in their lives and this book didn’t get deep enough into the characters to make me feel that way. If you’re looking for a good book about FLW, might I suggest this one?
What are you reading right now?
Do you know anything about Frank Lloyd Wright?
What makes or breaks a good book for you?
Also, Happy Happy Birthday to my brother today!