Monday, June 16, 2008

Moth Love

How strange are bookish connections, aren't they? Of course, when I was reading Sharon Butala's Fever last week, I could sense how it would relate to Barbara Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer, which was coming up next. Similar themes of nature, landscape, agriculture, small towns, and the weather. I am two thirds through Prodigal Summer now, and on my knees to Kingsolver, who everybody else already knew was extraordinary, but it just took me awhile to find out. How wonderful to be reading this novel now, with the world around me so blooming, tonight out on my back deck with a cup of tea, and the trees all around, and the birdsong. I disappeared into my head, and into Kingsolver's amazing imagination.

Anyway, the unexpected connection being the next book I've got to read, which is The Sister by Poppy Adams. I've got an advanced reader's copy which betrays nothing of its content, and so was I ever surprised to see that it's UK title is The Behaviour of Moths. But I would have picked up that title without delay (precedent for good things with moths in their title includes The Peppered Moth and "The Death of the Moth")! I discover now it's about an entomologist-- and I've been obsessed with entomology lit ever since I read "Miss Ormerod" by Virginia Woolf. Anyway, I am excited. Particularly as a third of Prodigal Summer is entitled "Moth Love", and so I am very excited to see how else these books link up. And then after we celebrate the world some more with Butala's The Perfection of the Morning.