Tuesday, 22 March 2011
New York Mosaic (Bolton) 464
If you are interested in all things New York (like Booksnob perhaps...?), then this trilogy of novellas is likely to tickle your fancy. I was at first annoyed, because Virago have published many shorter novellas individually, but I had to read three novellas in order to cross only one more book off my list. And whilst I have been to New York, and could just about envisage the places described, the writing and plots didn't grip me enough to make it a VMC that I could rave about. Or even particularly enjoyed reading.
The three novellas in the volume are:
Do I wake or sleep The Christmas Tree Many mansions
Of the three, my favourite was the second - despite reading it in March, I enjoyed the seasonal story which had a sensitive treatment of the story of a gay man at a family Christmas dinner.
Apparently in her day, Bolton was compared to Virginia Woolf, but was forgotten until Virago issued this reprint. I hate to say it but it looks like she has been forgotten again.