So I was reading little magazine insert from the paper yesterday (called Book World, I believe) and they had a review of A Gate at the Stairs. I just finished this. I wasn't crazy about it - I felt like there were too many tonal shifts, too many upsetting things happening that somehow didn't really make me feel anything. But that's not the point. The point is the review: it's like they didn't even read the book! The reviewer made it sound like the biggest focus of the book is the mysterious Reynaldo that the main character, Tassie, is dating. And he really isn't. And the mystery is resolved like halfway through. The review also talks about all the different birth mothers that Tassie and Sarah, woman she'll be nannying for - but she only meets one before they meet the little girl Sarah adopts. It was WEIRD.
So I finished it, and I also finished listening to Imperfect Birds by Anne Lamott, which was great. Then I read Rosie, also by Anne Lamott. Now I'm reading Crooked Little Heart, my third Anne Lamott novel in a row. And the description on the back of Crooked Little Heart is totally wrong! It makes it sound almost like a mystery, all about this guy stalking the main character's daughter, when that's really just a subplot.
How does this happen?