Sep 1, 2011
Lyrical and brutal
The Summer of Ordinary Ways is a memoir written in the most lyrical language. That's particularly remarkable since the book covers some brutal topics - most particularly some extreme violence against animals. It was a really hard read in many places, but the story of growing up in a small town on a farm resonated with me a bit. The writer has got some real skill in addition to what must be a complicated relationship with her family. 6/10.
(Totally different subjects, but when I think of books with gorgeous writing about insanely awful subjects, the other book that springs to mind is The Things They Carried which I loved. It's an interesting and memorable pairing.)