Last year, there were many times when I felt short on . . .
But you already know this. It was a frequent blog topic for me . . . my search for hope. I'm feeling ever-so-slightly better these days. Things look a little brighter to me, at least. So I haven't felt quite the need to write about it as much lately.
But I'm still always on the lookout, y'know?
And I found some to share with you.
It's a book.
And I think a lot of you might really like it!
When I first started reading this new novel by Jane Smiley, I was skeptical. Talking animals? Really? Although I adored talking animals in books as a child, they just don’t have the same appeal for me now that I’m a grown up. (Besides, there’s always that nagging worry that something bad will happen to the animals. And I can’t bear that.*) But I swallowed hard and plunged in -- suspending my disbelief -- and I quickly fell head over heels for Paras, Frida, Raoul, Kurt, Nancy, and Sid.
Turns out that Perestroika in Paris is actually . . . Charlotte’s Web for grown ups (except it won't make you cry).
This delightful and utterly charming novel is uplifting, lighthearted -- and just plain fun! It was refreshing to read a story where the motivations of all the characters are pure (both animals and humans - because there are humans in it, too) -- just what you’d wish for in the real world. A story of friendship, freedom, love, and loyalty, this book was a balm for my soul -- a bright spot in these dark times.
It gave me hope!
And maybe it will give you some, too.
Here's to a good week for all of us -- full of lightheared fun, pure motivations, and good books that give us hope!
*(Spoiler alert: Nothing bad happens to these animals!)