Not Summer and Not Fun but Good. In 2009 Gala has an obsession with a ‘60s era band. Through her, we learn about the band leader‘s life: a mash-up of Captain Beefheart, The Beach Boys and The Twyborn Affair. An animal magnetic force, or maybe magic, pulled me through the non-linear storyline, the fractured relationships and the narrator‘s apparent dissociative disorder. Thank you #SohoPress and #Netgalley for the free ARC.
I'm torn on this one. I think Thornton's writing is beautiful and insightful, and in theory I love the concept of this book: a contemporary aimless trans woman writes letters to the lead of a fictional 60s band leader a la Brian Wilson, whose life turns out to intersect with hers in unforeseen ways. But I had a lot of trouble connecting to any of the characters. It may be an issue with me as a reader rather than the book. #QueerBooks
It is feeling very much like summer now where I live, so that this book feels very appropriate. Took a break from reading to do some strawberry harvesting. Yum! 🍓😋