I thought I would recommend a book to you today. I don't get a lot of reading done in the Summer - there is so much else to do and I am not one for sitting out in the garden (a midge can sense my presence at a mile), so most of my reading is done on cold winter nights.
But this book was lent to me by a friend this week. I don't find books by American authors easy to read - I think the whole ethos is different (I am sure my American readers feel the same about British authors) and for the first few chapters I found this hard going. But then I "got into " it and found it un-put-down-able!
It is a modern transposition of the King Lear story set in the farming community of Iowa and is a very powerful story. Jane Smiley, the author, was born in Los Angeles and now lives and writes in California. This particular book won both the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the National Book Circle Critics' Award in 1992 - so it is not a new book. But if you haven't read it and you want a good read - try this book.