Despite my proclamation yesterday to not really love short stories, I’ve decided to tackle another similar book this time though it is fiction. This may seem like some well-thought out plan to create a meaningful thread through the books that I read. However, this is really more just the result of an impulse buy the day before I left for San Francisco and wanted to make sure I had plenty of reading material on my Kindle.
In the midst of packing and blogging and getting myself all ready to go, I did a quick scan of my mom’s list. Charles Baxter’s name jumped out at me first. My mom had only listed the author and not any particular book so I did a little Amazon.com-ing and read a few synopses (I had to look up the plural for “synopsis” and it still looks wrong). With a click of a button, I had decided on The Feast of Love.
But what is it about, you ask?
The Feast of Love is just that — a sumptuous work of fiction about the thing that most distracts and delights us. In a re-imagined Midsummer Night’s Dream, men and women speak of and desire their ideal mates; parents seek out their lost children; adult children try to come to terms with their own parents and, in some cases, find new ones.
In vignettes both comic and sexy, the owner of a coffee shop recalls the day his first wife seemed to achieve a moment of simple perfection, while she remembers the women’s softball game during which she was stricken by the beauty of the shortstop. A young couple spends hours at the coffee shop fueling the idea of their fierce love. A professor of philosophy, stopping by for a cup of coffee, makes a valiant attempt to explain what he knows to be the inexplicable workings of the human heart Their voices resonate with each other — disparate people joined by the meanderings of love — and come together in a tapestry that depicts the most irresistible arena of life. Crafted with subtlety, grace, and power, The Feast of Love is a masterful novel.
I figure I love love so I’m intrigued. Plus it was a finalist for the National Book Award so it seems some people thought it was good.
You can check out Charles Baxter’s website here if you want more information.