Woman No. 17 Review

Monday, June 5, 2017

Once again, I have to start this post with an apology. Our household goods were packed up yesterday, and we will be spending the next couple days cleaning and preparing to leave North Dakota. My routine has been decimated, so blogging has basically been put on the back burner. I am reading when I can, and trying to keep my presence up on Instagram and Twitter, but finding time to actually write a review has been difficult. Once we are settled I should be back to the three days a week posts, but until then please have patience with me! The blog is constantly on my brain though, so I hope to have some fun things for you soon!

Today I have a review for another book sent to me by Booksparks for their Summer Reading Challenge! I have been having so much fun reading their selections, and this one was no exception. 

Woman No. 17 by Edan Lepucki is totally different than anything else I've read recently, and that just added to my reading enjoyment. It is a very California-artsy and intellectually wry, blunt contemporary tale of two women.

Lady and Esther (or S) are two vastly different and yet eerily similar women whose lives intersect when S becomes a nanny for Lady's youngest son Devin. Lady has recently taken a break in her marriage and is trying to write a book about her oldest son Seth's mutism, so she could use some alone time. What she doesn't know is that the nanny job is basically a performance art piece for S. Alcohol, sex, art and Peter Rabbit in the Pool all transpire before the end of this at times bawdy tale. 

I liked this book quite a bit. I truly enjoyed the author's writing style, which may sound odd and a little vague but there were times where I just got excited by her sentences...the words she chose and the way she threw them together. I also loved the similarities between Esther and Lady, both obvious and subtle. There were times I wanted to slap the both of them upside the head...and Esther made me think twice before packing my Teva sandals for my move! But despite their odd and sometimes extreme circumstances, the characters felt very real to me. 

So I'm giving this one 4 stars on Goodreads. Maybe I just needed to escape from my moving boxes and mini blind scrubbing, but I loved my time in California with these ladies. I commend the author on the way she turns a phrase. A few days after reading and I am still giggling over a few things, and I surprisingly can remember quite a bit of it, which is amazing since I'm not known for my book retention. It would be a great novel for the more artistic and free thinking of my readers. 😁

Please forgive me if this review has crazy typos, and is missing my usual original photos and quotes. I am writing on my phone right now, which has probably thrown me off my game a little bit! Bare with me, I promise I will eventually be done with this move and back to normal. Be sure to follow me on Instagram and Twitter. I am sure I will have some ridiculousness for you as I spend the next few days driving to Louisiana while singing disco alone in my car! I also put the Audiobook of American Gods on my phone, as my kids have been trying to get me to read it for ages, and I have watched a few episodes of the tv show. So when I get sick of singing, I will listen to that. DC from North Dakota by way of Louisiana means a whole lot of singing, so send good vibes my direction during the next week!!

And a big thanks again to Booksparks, Edan Lepucki and Hogarth Press for sending this book my direction, and giving me a fun escape from the stress of moving! 

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