Must discuss

The Nobodies Album by Carolyn Parkhurst
It’s rare that I announce a book club choice before finishing the book. But this book had it all going on. By disc 2 of the audiobook, I was in the mood to foist a copy on someone just so we could discuss.
Here’s how the thing starts: A novelist is visiting New York to drop off her latest manuscript, when she sees a news crawl in Times Square announcing that her rock-star son has been arrested for the murder of his girlfriend.
Yowser.
Then the story gets nicely complex, because there are stories layered upon stories. Octavia’s (that’s the main character) latest book consists of rewrites of the endings of her earlier novels. So here, interspersed with the story of her son Milo and the murder, we get to read the original and revised endings to those books. And that alone is discussion-worthy. Especially since she alludes to her novels each revealing aspects of her own life.
Plus, Octavia and Milo have not spoken for years, and we (sort of) learn why… And there is a terrible tragedy in their family’s past, and we get only glimpses of it until the very end of the book, when the story is revealed.
This is the kind of book that has the power to suck you in and hang onto you until the very end. I love that kind of book.
I listened to the audiobook, and I’m going to read the book, too.
So glad Gary Warren Niebuhr recommended this book on Book Group Buzz. I’d’ve never picked it up otherwise.
The audiobook: 11.25 hours; read by Kimberly Farr

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