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The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch is a dystopic novel about an America years after being ravaged by a war with China. Sound interesting? I thought so as well, so I picked up the book from my local library ready for an adventure novel about survival… and it wasn’t exactly that.
The story finds Stephen at a pivotal point in his life, his grandfather has passed away, leaving his father and Stephen alone to roam and scavenge the barren wasteland once known as the U.S., fighting off other scavengers and slavers. When his father is deathly injured, Stephen must rely on strangers, something he is altogether uncomfortable with due to the deadly nature of strangers in his world. These strangers live in a real town, in real houses, with running water, and barbecues… and SCHOOLS?!
It wasn’t altogether lame, there were bits that were interesting and alright, but I found the novel lackluster. SUCH a good idea for a novel, but I feel like Hirsch could have made it more than it became. A fast read, alright story and characters, but everything was a bit too cookie cutter and easily solved. Not recommended.
Today, as with every day, I am incredibly thankful to be alive and well. I’m thankful for all of the love in my life, there are a lot of people out there who don’t have a life filled with love the way I do. I strive not to take it for granted. I’m thankful for my loving pets and that I make enough money to support and care for them. I’m thankful for my family and friends, for Mitchel and our healthy & happy home. I’m thankful for working a job that I love, and that I’m good at, that provides for me. I’m especially thankful for Christ and the sacrifice he made for us all. I’m thankful for God’s mercy and His grace.
And lastly, I’m thankful for all of you. Everyone who takes the time to read even one measly sentence on this blog of mine. I’m very lucky to live in an age where getting your writing out there to be read is easy to do. I write because somebody out there reads it and you all make me feel blessed, like I matter, and I want you all to know that you matter to me, too! Have a fantastic Thanksgiving and I hope your bellies are full and your cheeks are sore from smiling. =)
The Paris Wife by Paula McClain is the fictional retelling of Hemingway’s very real first wife, Hadley, and their life together in Paris. What a charming semi-fictional story! I read this novel very shortly after watching Midnight in Paris, and it couldn’t have been more perfect timing or a more perfect mindset to begin the book.
Hadley is a thoroughly endearing late-in-life bride to the ever-moody Ernest, who is fighting tooth and nail to make his way in the world as a writer. On a whim, their new marriage makes it’s way to Paris to suffer in poverty among other soon-to-be-great authors. Hadley’s is an incredible story that begs to be told. I found myself feeling empathy for her in her loneliness while Ernest selfishly seeks his own career, while shoving Hadley’s needs to the side.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, his wife Zelda, and James Joyce all make appearances in this enchanting novel which showcases the fantastic woman who enabled Ernest Hemingway to become the man and writer he is to us today. Hadley suffered greatly under Ernest’s selfishness and she deserves the praise this novel bestows upon her.
GREAT storytelling, even if it elaborates somewhat on the truth. Would absolutely suggest as it was hard to put down and emotionally wrenching.