good reads new/old

read an early copy of meg wolitzer‘s latest, THE INTERESTINGS, out in april. lots to love about it. 1. some of it takes place at a summer arts camp in ’70s new england. 2. some of it takes place in wealthy new york city of the ’80s and ’90s. 3. has a lifelong love story, of sorts. 4. deals with issues of talent, potential and class. ie addresses everything i care about in this world.

am a solid nine years tardy to the party on adrian nicole leblanc‘s RANDOM FAMILY, out in…2004. which deals with oh, absolutely everything (sex, drugs, class, place, race, prison, food, children, boyfriends, clothes, justice system) in crisp, neutral prose that still manages to be absolutely captivating.