I love being in the middle of a good book and knowing that it’s there for me, a good story waiting to pull me away from my regular every day life and into another world. I sometimes feel a bit at a loss when I’m in between books.
I wrote an earlier post about the delightful novel, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry. Another book about a character’s love of reading is Faith Sullivan’s Good Night Mr. Wodehouse. This is the kind of warm, endearing novel I like to have waiting for me when I sit down to read.
Faith Sullivan tells the story of Nell, who is widowed at 35 and has a young son. It is Nell’s love of reading, and in particular her fondness for P. G. Wodehouse, that helps her to survive in tough times. This novel, rich in small town life with both its charms and cruelties, covers a sweep of years. Sullivan opens the story with Nell’s obituary, written by Nell herself. Even though we start with the ending, Sullivan’s delightful storytelling captivates us from the start.
Many of my dear friends are still snowed in from the last big storm. Good Night Mr. Wodehouse is the perfect novel to read fireside on a winter afternoon. I recommend it for your winter reading list!