Literacy and Longing in L.A.
Most “chicklit” heroines turn to shoes or clothes for their shopping fix, but in this compact novel, Dora, a 30-something Californian named after Eudora Welty, finds her emotional outlet in books. She immerses herself in self-described reading binges to escape her real life, which includes an estranged husband, dwindling financial resources, a new love interest, and a pathological fear of driving on L.A. freeways. Dora eventually learns that although one of the pure pleasures of reading is to be able to enter someone else’s life and momentarily forget our own worries, it’s no substitute for the real thing. Literacy and Longing in L.A. is a quick, satisfying read – the perfect book for bibliophiles to bring along on holiday for the proverbial beach read.