I finished Up From the Blue by Susan Henderson, look for a review by Wednesday or Thursday. I had to give up on Going Away Shoes by Jill McCorkle. I gave it 85 pages, but short stories just aren't my thing. I'm still reading Heavenly by Jennifer Laurens, and it's good. I have also started Testarossa, City of Tranquil Light and A Friend of the Family. It's this last selection that brings us to Monday's weekly cover feature.
Last week, Algonquin surprised me with a review copy of A Friend of The Family by Lauren Grodstein. I was mesmerized by the cover. Can you guess which one? The one on the right is the hardcover. I received the glossy paperback edition. The paperback cover makes me think, "why is that woman a friend of the family?" She can't possibly be up to any good. That eye is staring right at me. Does she want something? If so what? I don't ask those questions when I look at the hardcover edition. On the hardcover, I think that man or woman wants to end it all or just runaway from life. Maybe it's all true, but the paperback edition is definitely more interesting. Look for a review and blog Q&A on Nov. 5.