Sunday, 19 October 2008

Sunday Reading: The Inn at Lake Devine

Sunday Reading

We are half way through October, but looking outside you wouldn't think so. The air is soft out in the garden, the autumn sun warming it. This time of the year the loght is beautiful. It's a perfect day to spend the sunday morning reading in the garden, enjoying the sun now she is still here. Soon winter will come, and it will be too cold. Even when wrapped in an electric blanket *Ü*

The Inn at Lake Devine, written by Elinor Lipman

It's 1962 and all across America barriers are collapsing. But when Natalie Marx's mother inquires about summer accommodations in Vermont, she gets the following reply: The Inn at Lake Devine is a family-owned resort, which has been in continuous operation since 1922. Our guests who feel most comfortable here, and return year after year, are Gentiles. For twelve-year-old Natalie, who has a stubborn sense of justice, the words are not a rebuff but an infuriating, irresistible challenge. In this beguiling novel, Elinor Lipman charts her heroine's fixation with a small bastion of genteel anti-Semitism, a fixation that will have wildly unexpected consequences on her romantic life. As Natalie tries to enter the world that has excluded her—and succeeds through the sheerest of accidents—The Inn at Lake Devine becomes a delightful and provocative romantic comedy full of sparkling social mischief.

Personal Reflection: I picked this book up and didn't put it down untill I finished it! I loved it. It was interesting to read about the prejudiced world against Jews, even in the year 1962.