Friday, September 07, 2007

Taking Mother Love to New Heights

I have to take this book back to the library, so a quick post while it's still in my hot little hands. The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs by Jack Gantos is not for the feint-hearted and definitely for older readers in the YA range (I'd say grade 8 and up). No spoiler here, but think a book that is gothic, slighty (very, at times) creepy, disconcerting too. It'll make ya squirm, but it will be hard to put down too. If you read it, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Here's the opening paragraph:

"I expect you might think the story I am about to tell you is untrue or perversely gothic in some unhealthy way. You might even think I've exaggerated the facts in order to twist this book into a modern-day metaphor on the exploitation of human creation, as did Mary Shelley with Frankenstein. Maybe you'll think I'm trying to spook you with a psychological tale of a murderous double as Edgar Allan Poe wrote in 'William Wilson,' or to stir up family shame as Hawthorne did in The House of the Seven Gables. But my story is entirely different."

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