Mini Reviews: Dress Your Family in Corduroy by David Sedaris and The Marriage Betrayal by Shalini Bo
This was my first book by David Sedaris and though there were some stories that spoke to me more than others, all in all, I enjoyed it and would read more by the author. Yes, he came across as kind of cranky and irritating at times, but I think that is probably part of his charm. he doesn't seem to put up a facade, which makes for entertaining reading. I very rarely read collections of anecdotes like this, because I already know a number will stand out and others will not, and I tend to prefer one cohesive story. That being said, I knew what I was getting into, and I can see Sedaris' appeal. He is chatty, yet very observant and doesn't shy away from anything. Overall, this book was a good introduction to this author's work and I'm curious to see how I like "Calypso" in the near future.
I've read almost every book by this author, so I was excited to get my hands on her latest, The Marriage Betrayal. The premise sounded intriguing and Boland has a knack for exploring what happens to ordinary people in less than ordinary situations. It wasn't quite as gripping as I hoped it would be, and I guessed the ending and a number of twists and turns, which slightly took away from my reading pleasure. It also bothered me that the word "mousy" was used rather often to describe women, which I think wasn't necessary. It's not a bad book by any means and I read it over the course of three days, but it's not my favorite by Boland either. That being said, it was entertaining as a holiday read and I will continue to read her books in the future.
Thanks to Bookouture for providing a copy of The Marriage Betrayal in exchange for an honest review.
Publication Date: July 8, 2019