I'm juggling a few books at the moment. I have been slowly reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt for a couple of weeks but still am only halfway through. I really like it though the narrative voice is remarkably similar to the character of Del in Richard Ford's Canada, which we read during my MA in Creative Writing a couple of years ago. Most of the class hated Canada but I loved it. Turns out I can't get enough of runaway teenage boys from dysfunctional families. Maybe I was one myself in another life. My friend Sue Rainsford pointed out that though she is a big admirer of Tartt's work, some say The Goldfinch is quite heavy handed and of course, once she said that I keep noticing that it is just that. There are some parts in particular that I dont' think would survive a workshop!
I also just started Vona Groarke's X. I'm only a few poems in and will probably start over and read the whole collection through before thinking seriously about it. I have been leafing through some old copies of The Belleville Park Pages with glee. Some nice work in there.
My next move will be to Karen Perry's Only We Know, which is getting rave reviews all over the place. It recently made the top lists for crime fiction in both the Telegraph and the Irish Times. Once I get over this fascination with runaway teenagers, I'll be straight on to Only We Know.