Commuting to Seattle by bus five days a week gives me a lot of reading time. Here’s what I read on the bus in August:
Heart Berries by Terese Mailhot: After checking herself into a psych ward Mailhot begins journaling to her ex-lover. She grapples with her past, her present, and her future as well as the cultural responsibility and weight of being First Nations. Her words of madness, love, strength, heartbreak are still running through my head. I loved the beautiful rawness of Mailhot’s voice, almost stream-of-consciousness as you read it; hers is a voice we so desperately need. It was a book that stayed with me long after the last page was read.
Gun Love by Jennifer Clement: Set in a trailer park in Florida, Pearl and her mother Margot make due while living in their broken down car. Pearl attends school and plays with her friend April May, while her mom works at the local VA hospital. All that changes when a man comes to stay with one of the residents. While some are fooled and believe Eli is in need of a hand, Eli is more of a handful than anyone predicted. He sweeps Margot further and further away from the life she was trying to build and Pearl finds herself more and more alone. Guns play a strong role in this story that shows the underbelly of Florida life. There’s definitely a revenge aspect of this book I enjoyed, but I still wanted to know more about Pearl. To me her story wasn’t finished.
What are you reading on your commute? Tag your reads on social media #splbusreads
~ posted by Kara P.