Come, Thou Tortoise – Jessica Grant

I read this book recently during one of those day-long rainy days and found it a welcome follow-up to a long stint with sober non-fiction. The cast of characters reads like the dramatis personae of a Canadian indie film – tortoise, Newfoundlander, lopsided man, Brits, inventor, and man with Rip-van-Winkle beard – and maybe that’s why this book is so charming. The offbeat writing also has a lot to do with the appeal. The narrator – Audrey “Oddly” Flowers – has a quirky relationship with words that makes the book read like she thinks, complete with self-edits. The other narrator is a tortoise. If you liked The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, you’ll like this book. Even if Haddon’s writing was not your cup of tea, consider picking up Come, Thou Tortoise for the airplane scene, at least – it’s hilarious. (submitted by LH)

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