June 14, 2012

Mermaids in the Basement

This month for our book club we are reading Mermaids in the Basement by Michael Lee West and I was actually able to finish this one early! Lately I've been waiting until the week before book club to read the book so I don't forget details but it's just too darn stressful and really how much am I forgetting? Probably not much since you know I read the book and pay attention to details :)

Anywho we went camping this past weekend (post coming soon...) and I was able to finish up the book!!

This book is a perfect summer read! It's got Southern Heat and Drama all wrapped up in one!!

The story focuses on Renata, a young woman who finds out via the National Enquirer that her director boyfriend is having an affair with an actress on his new movie set! She decides to head home, after finding a note her Mother left her (Mom passed away) telling her to speak to her Grandmother and Nanny (who live together now) about secrets from the past!

The book gives you a few different narrators, Renata, Honora (Renata's grandmother), Isabella (Honora's best friend/neighbor), Gladys (Renata's childhood Nanny who now lives with Honora), and Louie (Renata's father). It can get kind of confusing as to who's speaking but you can definitely figure it out if you pay attention.

The story is all about unraveling a bunch of secrets from Renata's childhood about her mother, her father, and all the others involved with them! It's a good book, not a great one, but the story is interesting and it's an easy read! I also really enjoy books that take place in the South (probably cause it's so different from California) and that have any sort of mystery to them.

If you have the time and you are interested in reading about some dysfunctional relationships then pick up this one. I wouldn't classify it as a must read though. 

Overall grade - B.  


Alycia said...

have you read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil? It takes place in the south, has mystery in it and is based on a true crime- I think you would enjoy it :o)

Staci said...

Sounds like a good read! Have a wonderful weekend!


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