Chair-ish … (and the color blue rocks on)
April 13, 2009 § 10 Comments
(ok, fine the photo was taken last September – was that a million years ago? – but still, blue by the seaside sticks.)
Pull up a chair. One of those chairs that the beach guy sets up for you, then lines it with towels, unfurls the canopy and steps back while you “enter” chairworld. It’s beyond something to sit on. The chair becomes your world, your view of the water, your little sanctuary on the beach. It blocks the wind, precludes people staring as you appy lotion or wear silly glasses or yank at your bathing suit. Chairworld is a nice place to be. But you gotta have a book. Careful if you’re gonna snack on something, though. See those gulls advancing up the beach?
SEA GLASS by Anita Shreve.
Is that a yawn inspired by seeing Shreve’s name? Well then, you haven’t read beyond the PILOT’S WIFE.
Or, maybe you have and you just aren’t a Shreve fan.
It happens that she has spun a few books I really like.
Admittedly, they resemble chick-lit-meets-Wharton. And this novel takes place in my beloved northeast where it intertwines several people’s lives including a salesman and his wife, a labor union mediator, an orphan, and a rich widow. Silly? Corny? Maybe a bit of the latter, but I liked it. A good beach read.