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Peeking Over My Shoulder

Miscellaneous quotes from current reads or past faves, as well as to-reads culled from friends' recommendations, blogs, podcasts, etc. A running answer to the question: "What're you reading?"

Currently reading

The Dante Club
Matthew Pearl
The Famished Road
Ben Okri
Kingdom Come
J.G. Ballard
The City and the City
China Miéville
Open City: A Novel
Teju Cole
The Slippage: A Novel
Ben Greenman
Please Step Back
Ben Greenman
Blindness / Seeing
José Saramago, Giovanni Pontiero (Translator), Margaret Jull Costa (Translator)

A Mango-Shaped Space

A Mango-Shaped Space - This story was captivating almost from the get go. Initially, the main character and her annoying siblings seem to be without a great deal of depth, however, that very quickly is revealed to not be the case with the main character. Her family remains very much a kind of backdrop to her story but the ways in which they grow and change are much like the colors Mia sees in everything.Having my own personal connection to synesthesia, I was compelled to pick up this story and I am very glad I did so. There is such emotional depth in the main character and I challenge anyone to read it and not experience at least some of what Mia is going through with her.And I applaud the author for such a thorough and compassionate description of a young girl going through the usual 13 year old "stuff" along with opening up about her synesthesia. In other words, A Mango-Shaped Space is both a coming of age story and a kind of 'coming out' story as Mia shares this integral part of who she is with the world. Part of me thinks this story, if done right, could be beautiful as a movie. But... then again...