Title: Behind Her Eyes
Looking for a book to escape into for a while? Well, you’ve found one! This psychological thriller falls into several of my favorite categories: The “I cannot put it down” books, the “I stayed up way too late reading it” books and “I need a break from serious stuff”books. Reading this book felt like a vacation, or a spa day for my brain. I am refreshed and ready to dig into some heavy-duty non-fiction! (PS: There is some magical realism which is not usually my thing, but I thought that it worked well in this book.)
Title: Mrs. Fletcher
Like many of Tom Perrotta's novels, Mrs. Fletcher revolves around a "hot" topic of our day, in this case, sexual harassment and the sexual norms of our society. It was refreshing to read about this topic in the form of a highly entertaining novel (I read it in two days) instead of by attending a mandated presentation on sexual harassment or by sitting in on an awkward meeting about a student whose parents do not want teachers to honor the student's request to be addressed with gender neutral pronouns. (I am a middle school teacher.) I loved this quote from the NYT's book reviewer, Chris Bachelder: "Mrs. Fletcher is the sweetest and most charming novel about pornography addiction and the harrowing issues of sexual consent that you will probably read." I would add that the sweetness and charm of this novel are mixed with healthy doses of humor and irony. Icky sweet, it is not. Sweet with a sly wink on the side is more like it.