Book review: Titles cover death, afterlife and complications with both
March 9, 2018
‘The Woman In The Window’
by A.J. Finn
"It's not paranoia if it's really happening"
Fans of film noir will really love this psychological thriller that follows an agoraphobic woman trapped in her home watching old black and white Hitchcock and other film noir movies. When she is not entertaining herself watching film noir she is watching the lives of all her neighbors.
The source of her agoraphobia is the result of a tragic accident that she and her family was involved in. Her only contact with the outside is delivery people, her physical therapist and her psychologist. She becomes quite invested in her neighbors lives as she watches them.
Suddenly she becomes the star of her own film noir when she believes she witness a woman across the street being murdered. She calls the police but they seem reluctant to believe her after they talk to the husband. She even begins to question her own sanity but she knows what she saw.
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This novel will be compared to “Girl on the Train” and “Gone Girl,” however, this novel definitely raises the intellectual bar. It is a smart and compelling novel.
‘Lincoln in The Bardo’
by George Saunders
“Lincoln in The Bardo” is the most creative, unusual, beautifully-written book I have read in a while, and it just came out in paperback.
Abraham Lincoln and his wife had a son whose death was devastating. There are historical accounts of Lincoln going to his crypt and cradling the corpse of their beloved boy. This historical fact is intertwined with the incredible story of the boy's spirit remaining trapped in the Bardo because his father won't let him go.
The Bardo is a Buddhist construct, a state of existence between death and rebirth, varying in length according to a person’s conduct in life and manner of, or age at death.
This book won the coveted Man Booker prize. This book also won a place in Guiness Book of World Records for the number of actors reading the audio version. I could go on, but you must read it to appreciate the creative brilliance.
These titles are available at Off the Beaten Path bookstore and Bud Werner Memorial Library.
Kim Brack is a bookseller at Off The Beaten Path.