What’s with all the novels about dead/missing parents? Linden MacIntyre’s latest novel, The Only Cafe, adds to the recent spate of missing-parent novels I’ve read (see Manhattan Beach and Last Snow, First Light). I’m sure there’s a Master’s thesis to be had examining the relationship between the search for absent parents and our current cultural/political moment which we might imagine as one of absent political authority and a desperate search to understand where and how this authority has been abdicated… Continue reading
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I want to blog about this book – it had a neat plot (orphan parents are in car accident, leave their son (2 and a half) to newish friends, the newish friends are barren and so the child is like a trial run at being the parents they’ll never get to be) and some okay sentences, but I’m jet lagged and too sleepy to make much sense of things. So… let me say that neat plot aside, the book didn’t totally capture me. It is one of those Can lit submissions that’s trying so hard to be “serious fiction” that it reads like it’s yelling I AM SERIOUS FICTION and well, that’s just annoying. So yeah. Neat-o on plot front, but that’s not enough to hold this sleepy reader.
Note: I’m even too tired to find a picture!