Novel: The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June.
I love both of Benway’s novels, but I think her second might come out ahead, but only slightly and for three specific reasons. 1. The novel is about 3 sisters. I have two sisters and it was unbelievably easy to imagine myself and my sisters as April, May, and June. 2. I was lucky enough to hear Benway read an excerpt from each sister aloud, which made the characters incredibly real. Now, every time I read the novel, it’s like I actually hear them speaking. 3. I love the idea of one’s personality or self-image manifesting into a power. It makes me wonder what my power would be…
It’s understandable that I would identify with April. She’s the eldest sister, focused on school, and contantly worried about her younger siblings.
Quote: “It’s funny how bed and pillows and covers can change a conversation. Words turn quiet and you mean more and say less. It’s like you can build your own little world, Population: 2.” — from Audrey, Wait!
I tried to pick a favorite line from Benway’s second book, but there were too many that I loved and I couldn’t pick just one or a couple of lines, I wanted to share the entire passage. Instead, I picked this line from AUDREY, WAIT! because it’s completely true and completely romantic.
BOOK: “Franny & Zooey” by JD Salinger
WORD: It’s a toss-up between “onomatopoeia” and “dodecahedron”.
They’re both so fun to say!
BAND: Right now it’s Delorean.
…but it changes all the time. If you asked me tomorrow, I’d probably have a different answer.
MOVIE: The Royal Tenenbaums.
“I always wanted to be a Tenenbaum.”