A Qick Post on What I'm Reading...
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Two Girls, Fat And Thin & Bad Behavior by Mary Gaitskill
The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi
All of them wonderfully written in their own ways. Hosseini's language and storytelling is masterful, his imagery wondefully vivid and there's a completeness to the novel that reminds me of John Irving. The story is tragic, beautiful and brutal all at once.
Mary Gaitskill is taking some time to get into. The short stories, while dealing with issues of intimacy, have a tone that is detached and that creates an interesting tension. Her writing is lovely in its straightforwardness and simplicity.
Helen Oyeyemi's novel is frightening, in its story and the talent of the writer. Just barely over twenty, I am excited to see what comes next from this author. If it's anything like this novel, she is going to have a long and successful career.