Last Friday morning, after waiting almost 3 months, my new furniture finally arrived. I was the proud owner of a beautiful new sofa and love seat in "persimmon" —think: orange meets umber with a dash of paprika— that looks something like this. Stunning.
By mid-afternoon my older child and Mr. Happy Booker both came down with the flu. By Saturday, my younger child also had the flu, everyone in the house was sick, and I was the last woman standing—barely.
By Sunday, both children had thrown up on the beautiful new sofa.
Oh yes, it's a glamorous life.
Here's a few things I forgot to point out last week:
Ed Falco on Bat Segundo discussing Sabbath Night in the Church of the Piranha. I must say this collection of stories was one of my favorite LBC picks this time around. Falco's stories have authority, unhurried pacing and a quiet confidence that I admire. These are male stories—some are men behaving badly, while others are men trying to escape the past and find a place for themselves in the world. Boys and men, all. But within this sphere, Falco is at the top of his game, delivering fine clear writing and a masterful understanding of short fiction. Worth checking out. I am looking forward to reading his new novel, Wolf Point.
Also at the LBC is Rupert Thomson, author of Divided Kingdom. Look for some Happy Booker/Dan Wickett postings on this title later in the week.
Sex and Chocolate: Tasty Morsels for Mind and Body, edited by Lucinda Ebersole & Richard Peabody. If you're in DC this afternoon, don't miss the launch of this book at Chapters at 1pm. The lunchtime reading will feature chocolate support from the Park sisters’ Chocolate Chocolate shop. Come for the reading, stay for the chocolate. Readers include: R.R. Angell, Jodi Bloom, Moira Egan, Ivy Goodman, Deirdra McAfee and Nani Power.