Monday, March 21, 2016
The Woman Upstairs Blew Me Over With Its Rage
I was looking specifically for ragey recommendations on Twitter months and months ago, and this one immediately floated to the top. Boy, do those first 15 pages pack a punch! Sadly, I was filled with silly preconceived notions and wrong expectations, and the middle section turned me off. Until it didn't. Until I rushed in, head down, and really made some progress, at which point I was completely hooked.
Nora Eldridge is a lonely school teacher who dabbles in art. She's smitten with one particularly smart and vulnerable student and eventually falls in love with his family, developing a best-friendly relationship with the child's mother and an intellectual one with his father. They are all legitimately very close, but do the feels mean more to Nora than they do to the individuals with which she's smitten?
Nothing can ever stay the same, but Nora gets stuck in a seemingly endless obsession with this family and with missing those connections. Until the thing happens that changes everything.
I've included a very quick video review down below that comes down to this: I wish I'd gotten out of my own damn way with this book. I wish I'd shoved aside my stupid preconceptions and just read it. Though, at the end of the day, it was part of a perfect storm of books that pushed me to pursue happiness come hell or high water.
That's pretty snazzy for a book.
Knopf, April 2013