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The Unknown Terrorist, by Richard Flanagan

I had a hard time with this book. It started out rough.. got better…and then ended poorly. A young woman who makes her living as a pole dancer in a gentleman’s club, has a one night stand with a handsome stranger. We don’t learn too much about this stranger, but their meeting leads the authorities to believe that she is a terrorist. Instead of going to the police to explain the situation, she decides to go into hiding.

My problem with this novel was not her profession… or her lack of education…or the dark and depressing subject matter… my problem is that the main character seemed to to be driven, only by money, and not much else. I get that she probably needed to focus on something material, in order to get her through her grisly line of work, but when she was accused of being a terrorist… I didn’t get that she was genuinely panicked over it. She just seemed to flit from one location to another.. perhaps it was her drug use. She seemed to be looking at things through a filter.

In the first part of the book, we know this woman as “The Doll”. This is a good name for her as she appears to be very one dimensional. Towards the end of the book, we learn her real name and we learn some things about her that make her more real to us. However, I don’t feel that this information was given to us early enough.

One descriptive word that came to mind when trying to describe this book to my husband was “gritty”. The media plays a large role in this novel, and I kept picturing the dark, gritty quality of a bad news clip taken in some foreign land. Overall, the book left me very unsettled and disturbed.

If you want a departure from your normal reading, then this might be a book for you.

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict, by Laurie Viera Rigler

I was lucky enough to win a copy of this book from Jennifer over at Book Club Girl and I can’t tell you how much I loved it! I tossed it into my beach bag, sat on the beach and read it from cover to cover. Thank you Jennifer! She is also hosting a radio blog show with the author on June 25th, at 7pm EST. For more info on the book, or the blog show, please click here.

Now here’s a little bit about the book..

Courtney, who also happens to be a big fan of Jane Austen, wakes up one morning and finds herself inside the bedroom of a woman in England, circa 1800’s. Coming from Los Angeles, Courtney is forced to live the life of this woman, which is very similar to that of all the Jane Austen novels she has ever read, while trying to figure out how to return to her own life.

Can you imagine leaving your modern, everyday life for one in the 1800’s? There are some very funny moments involving chamber pots, healing waters, and the like, as Courtney attempts to live her life as Jane. I thoroughly enjoyed her interaction with Jane’s friends and suitors and the references to novels written by Jane Austen. Toss this one into your beach bag and you won’t be sorry!