TUESDAY THREE: Two for one!
Here at Trashionista, we read a lot of books (obviously) and sometimes we get more than we bargained for, in that some books feature a book within a book ... two for the price of one!
In Jo Barrett's debut novel, The Men’s Guide to the Women’s Bathrooms, former lawyer Claire St John has left New York after divorcing her cheating husband Charles. She's now back home in Austin, Texas to write her bestselling book. About what, she's not quite sure. Then she hits on a brilliant idea: she'll demystify women for men. She'll call her book The Men's Guide to the Women's Bathroom and, as we read this book, we also get to read Claire’s book. Not only is Jo Barrett a smart, witty and talented author, but her heroine is too!
Lisa Beth Kovetz's debut novel, The Tuesday Erotica Club, is the story of four women from very different backgrounds, who form a weekly writing group, which quickly becomes a weekly erotic writing group. As you might suspect from the title, there's a certain amount of erotic writing in the book, as we are treated to the women's creative efforts. It just stops short of being too much, but probably isn't for the squeamish about sex. However, the real plot of the book is about the importance of female friendship and it's a very good, well-crafted read.
A very (very) different novel is A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka. Nadia and Vera’s father, Nikolai, has always been eccentric, but when he announces, two years after their mother’s death, his plans to marry a young Ukranian woman neither of them has met, the sisters are concerned. As the sisters try to remove the woman and her son from their father’s life, Nikolai is working on his book - A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian. Which is exactly what it sounds like...