Words like adoration and enchantment are popping into my head as I read The Season of Second Chances, by Diane Meier. I will cry and be heartbroken if I don’t love this book as much as I have loved it from the beginning through the first fifty pages. It’s out on Henry Holt and Company next Tuesday, March 30th, and I am reading it in preparation for a review and interview with the author and her husband, Frank Delaney, the author of Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show – another book that is being wonderfully and favorably reviewed on so so many blogs that I love. I can’t wait to read it as well.
It’s not even the fact that she is writing about my college town of Amherst, Massachusetts that thrills me so much. I am just loving her book and her writing, and I am finding it to be so funny! Readers of my blog might know that I usually tend to steer clear of humor in books, especially if that humor is intentional – it usually falls flat to me. I am a very finicky humor reader, even though I think I have a healthy sense of humor. I admit that there could be something that some one or many some ones (I’m looking at you) are not telling me, but I do better with humor that arise naturally out of situations, and there is plenty of that in this novel.
Natasha from Maw Books posted about ruthless de-cluttering on her blog the other day, and pointed to bunches of boxes of books that she still needed to go through. It’s always difficult to get through those last few boxes! I have also been on a de-cluttering kick of my own this year. I was just feeling overwhelmed by stuff, and yes that included, books and have been giving stuff away to the point that friends have asked if I was okay.
The main character in The Season of Second Chances, Joy Harness, is in the midst of going through her personal items in preparation for a move and makes a list entitled “How to Move Your Life”. Number one on that list reads:
Appraise all belongings and determine what is worth keeping and what is worth moving. Separate them. Figure out how you are going to get rid of all the belongings not worth moving. Somehow, this is far more difficult than simply moving them.
I absolutely loved Joy’s list. It so true. Every time I have moved, I have said that I was going to ruthlessly rid myself of all that I no longer need, only to take a good amount of it with me. Every time I try to de-clutter, I find it hard to take the extra step to rid myself of things that no longer have any value besides a fleeting notion of loss. The list and the chapter continue with a moving description of sorting through belongings as sorting through, coming to terms with and letting go of the past and ideas of our selves and our lives. The writing is beautiful, funny and true and has resonated with me as have many other wonderful passages which are equally thoughtful and moving.
Just thought I would pop in and share that really quickly and ask if you have come across any ideas that have resonated with you during your reading this week. Hope everyone’s Friday is grand. Now back to my book!