A glorious day in L.A. and I'm back into What Maisie Knew. Rough going for a bit in the beginning; James' writing is full of long sentences chockablock with clauses that you just can't skim over. As much as my heart immediately went out to the character of Maisie; I couldn't get into it so I put What Maisie Knew aside and turned to some more contemporary novels...
Neil Gordon's The Company You Keep (the film starring Robert Redford and Shia LaBoeuf is in theaters now) and Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson (the film with Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong is currently filming in London). I've posted my take on both books on my About A Book page. Also read Karen Thompson Walker's Age of Miracles but haven't written up anything yet. Catherine Hardwick (Twilight, Thirteen) was brought on to direct the adaptation. I chattered a bit about the casting here.
Anyway, getting into the swing of James' language and getting to know all the players in this messy tale of divorce and a little girl caught in the middle; right now I wouldn't give you a nickel for any of them except Maisie and Mrs. Wix - although even she is after something from poor Maisie. She's the innocent pawn in the game; and her parents use her the worst of all.
Post: Saturday Snapshot hosted by Alyce at At Home With Books. Thanks Alyce!