Thursday, June 25, 2009
Nothing Right by Antonya Nelson
Nothing Right consists of 11 engaging short stories, encompassing themes of love, loss, family, addiction, conflicts, affairs of the heart, and struggles in everyday life. It is reader friendly. If your time is limited, you can pick one story randomly and start reading. Once you begin, you will want to finish the whole book. Nelson has created some very believable characters. Sadness, hope and humor infiltrate each of the stories. In Shauntrelle, a hilarious divorcee who tries to reinvent herself found a temporary roommate in Houston. She reminded me of Dustin Hoffman in the movie Tootsie. Another one of my favorites was We and They, a mini family saga of the nontraditional Landers, told from the perspective of their teenager, whose language, world view and understanding of his adopted younger siblings, Otis and Angel, are astonishing. You will feel his joy and pain. I enjoyed this novel and hope to read more of Nelson's books.