Wednesday, March 17, 2010

“Waiting On” Wednesday

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's pre-publication “can't-wait-to-read” selection is:

The Hole We're In by Gabrielle Zevin (Paperback)

from Goodreads:
Meet the Pomeroys: a church-going family of five living in a too-red house in a Texas college town. Roger, the patriarch, has impulsively decided to go back to school, only to find his future ambitions at odds with the temptations of the present. His wife Georgia, is trying to keep things afloat on the home front, though she's been feeding the bill drawer with unopened envelopes for months, and can never find the right moment to confront its scary, swelling contents. In an attempt to climb out of the holes they've dug, Roger and Georgia make a series of choices that will have catastrophic consequences for their three children-especially for Patsy, the youngest, who will spend most of her life fighting to overcome them. Though flawed and at times infuriating, Zevin's characters are so human and relatable, it is difficult not to cheer them on as they fumble towards understanding each other, and in some cases, even themselves.

In The Hole We're In, Gabrielle Zevin shines a spotlight on some of the most relevant issues of our day-over-reliance on credit, gender and class politics, the war in Iraq; but it is her deft exploration of the fragile economy of family life-emotional, financial, and psychological-that makes this a book for the ages.

Publishing 3/10 by Black Cat (distributed by PGW)
I read about this book on Book Page's daily Book of the Day enewsletter.


Lori said...

This is leasurely reading? oh hell, this would qualify as a self help for me. :P
I hope that you will enjoy it.Here's mine

Carin Siegfried said...

Haha! Actually, my father's an economist so discussions of game theory was normal dinner conversation when I grew up. It doesn't strike me as the least bit weird to read about other people's poor economic decisions now. In fact, thanks to my dad's teachings, these books are all a wonderful kind of schadenfreude for me now, as I continue to make extra payments on my mortgage (lunacy, I know!)