Tuesday, July 27, 2010

(114)The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst

I think Carolyn Parkhurst has one of the most unique literary minds of our generation. If you have not read Dogs of Babel, I highly recommend giving it a shot. Lost and Found was a great book, too. So I was excited to read her new book, The Nobodies Album.

The Nobodies Album is about a famous author, Octavia, who is estranged from her rockstar son, Milo. She has just finished a new book, in which she goes back and changes the last chapter of all of her bestselling novels, when the news breaks that Milo has been accused of murdering his girlfriend. Octavia risks the rejection she is sure her son will dish out and heads to California to be with him. Will her son welcome her or turn her away? Is her son really capable of murder? Can they mend the relationship that she tore apart with the words she wrote in one of her books?

Regret. Not one of us is without a regret of some kind or another. Octavia is full of regret. Rewriting the last chapter of all of her books is just a metaphor, what she would really like to do is rewrite the last chapter of her life. Who wouldn't go back & rewrite a chapter in their history if given the chance? The recent tragedy befalling her son, might just give Octavia the chance to rewrite this chapter of her life.

The Nobodies Album was a book full of emotion. You could feel it with every page. I love books like that touch on those emotions that leave you drained once the moment has passed. Sometimes that cathartic type of emotion is necessary to living a happy life.


Lisa Mandina said...

Sounds like an interesting premise. I don't quite remember the Dogs of Babel, but I'm not sure I liked it that much. But this one does sound interesting.

Shon said...

I've heard good things about this book. I'm on the long wait list at the library. I have not read any of the author's previous novels. I'll have to look into them.

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