Day 2866

May 31, 2013
Day 2866
as we climbed the hill,
the sun was rising above
the lake to our east
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Troy’s Book Club: The Obituary Writer

May 31, 2013

This short novel by Porter Shreve…I wasn’t sure what to make of it through most of the book.

It’s the story of a obituary writer in St. Louis who aspires to the heights climbed by his deceased father, a well-known reporter. This writer meets a woman 10-years his senior, recently widowed and begins a relationship with her. At that point, that seemed to be the direction of the story’s arc…quirky, ambitious obit writer woos widow and together they raise her dead husband’s Irish wolfhounds…but then it got strange and even a little worrisome…the characters’ lies started to pile, their motivations became questionable…and then it became a rather satisfying modern noir.

We learn that everyone, even those with the best intentions, have secrets. We learn that when we fall in love, we may have no idea of the edge we’ve just leapt from. Two-thirds of the way through this book, I wasn’t unhappy with it, but I wasn’t thrilled either. By the final page, I was very satisfied.

You can find The Obituary Writer at Boswell Books or at the Milwaukee Public Library.


day 2865

May 30, 2013
Day 2865
keep telling myself
I have a choice: just let go –
make that decision.

Day 2864

May 29, 2013
Day 2864
there’d been rain last night.
I felt the drops that lingered,
walking through the grass

Day 2863

May 28, 2013
Day 2863
today’s dang lesson:
there’s always something to be
glad, and sad, about

Day 2861

May 28, 2013
Day 2861
I got on the road,
but what with the rain, turned back,
and changed my day’s plan

Day 2860

May 26, 2013
Day 2860
it’s hard to describe,
less fun to experience,
this newest breakup