Little Monsters: PERFECT FOR FANS OF FLEISHMAN IS IN TROUBLE AND THE PAPER PALACE
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An impromptu celebration on the beach at sunset with champagne becomes a weekly touchpoint to their lives as they learn more about each other and themselves.
I was very excited to read this book, as I loved the author’s memoir “Wild Game” (which I gave five stars to). Ken was nursing old grievances, their father’s fuse was growing ever shorter, and Abby felt herself pulling away from them both. Exiting the pharmacy, white prescription bags tucked under his arm, Adam felt giddy at having outmaneuvered his odiously smug new doctor.As with her memoir, Wild Game (2019), Brodeur sets her debut novel on Cape Cod, whose terrain she knows intimately, within a family, like her own, harboring secrets and lies. Adam was willing to put money down that soon the presidential choice would be between a boorish billionaire and an unscrupulous woman. The attitude gap between the men and women of the Gardner clan regarding gender figures prominently in Little Monsters.
This family drama is set in a highly sensory way on the shores of Cape Cod, so much so you'll feel like your feet are digging into wet summer sand. Author Mallery has created a delightful story of friendship between three women that also offers a variety of love stories as they fall in love, make mistakes, and figure out how to be the best—albeit still flawed—versions of themselves.As I raced happily through the pages, I wondered how the book would work without Brodeur’s highly specific framing . I hope people will find it both entertaining and thought-provoking, of course, but beyond that, I imagine everyone will take away something different based on their personal experience. Little Monsters is so alluring, with its sense of looming familial implosion within a cultural implosion.