In the November/December issue of Frankie magazine, Marieke Hardy recommended five 'skinny' literary books. The idea of reading short books really appealed to me as time is always an issue. Her recommendations were: Breakfast at Tiffany's, Slaughtherhouse-Five, On Chesil Beach, Of Mice and Men, Fup. I had all ready read Of Mice and Men but not the other four. I headed to the local library and was able to borrow three of them (not Fup). So far I have read Breakfast at Tiffany's and On Chesil Beach. They are both fantastic short novels with interesting characters who I felt great empathy for.
A lot is packed into the 100 pages of Breakfast at Tiffany's. Truman Capote keeps you wanting to find out more about Holly Golightly and you keep turning the pages in breathless anticipation of what will come next. Set in New York during WWII.
On Chesil Beach by Ian McKewan is another great read. It is set in Oxford and London in 1962 and begins with the wedding night of a young and sexually inexperienced couple. He tells the story from both viewpoints going back into each of their pasts to explain how they got to this particular point. Wonderful sense of time and place.
Slaughterhouse Five now awaits.