Talk about two amazing writers. I absolutely LOVED both books to bits. Sidibe's book was definitely interesting and provided insight into how she came about acting - let's just say she was destined for it. Her life was filled with ups and downs; she struggled with depression; and she just couldn't figure out what she wanted to do. She was a mess and she admits it - her honesty was heartfelt and I loved it. Sidibe is a smart and funny gal with loads of talent and I can't wait to read more of her writing. As for Gay's book - wow! She lays it all out and it is simply beautiful. Her writing mesmerizes and her truth grabs you. I enjoyed every minute I spent with Hunger. Gay shares her story of being gang-raped at 12 by her boyfriend and his friends. She writes about how she never told anyone what happened and kept that secret locked up for years. She writes about how she continued to let her boyfriend use her body after he had violated her and told the kids at school she was a slut. She writes about the nightmares, the smell of beer, and the loss of her body. Gay tells us how she decided to eat away her pain - she wanted a body so big that no one would hurt her ever again. Her story is about the experience of being a fat woman in today's world and it is honest, raw, and real. Reading this book has made me a fan of Gay's writing for life. Hunger is a MUST-READ!!
As for what I'm reading now:
Strout was calling out to me, so I picked up Amy and Isabelle. A story about a mother and daughter in a small town. Isabelle works in the office at the mill - she's the secretary to the boss. Her daughter, Amy, is a teen-aged girl struggling to get through high school. A new teacher replaces the old math teacher. All the students seems to LOVE Mr. Robertson. Except, maybe Amy LOVES him too much. Yep, she's caught with him in his car and soon the whole town knows. Isabelle is shocked and feels betrayed by the daughter she has sacrificed so much for. Amy is hurt and confused by all of the anger, drama, and scandal that her romance has caused her family and the town. She begins to hate her mother and realizes that she resents her. Isabelle, also begins to feel the same feelings of hate and resentment toward her own daughter. Their relationship becomes beyond strained and tests their boundaries and love for one another. I'm part way through the book and loving it. Strout's writing is always so rich and deep with emotion, that you can't help but get easily caught up in the narratives she weaves. I definitely can't wait to read the rest of her works this summer.
And now, I'm off to continue Amy and Isabelle. Hope you're kicking off summer reading with something great. Happy reading!!