Review: Dinosaurs

By Lydia Millet
W. W. Norton & Company, 9781324021469, October 2022, 240pp.

The Short of It:

Brief but packed with meaning. The kind of read you keep thinking about long after turning that last page.

The Rest of It:

Her exquisite new novel is the story of a man named Gil who walks from New York to Arizona to recover from a failed love. After he arrives, new neighbors move into the glass-walled house next door and his life begins to mesh with theirs. ~ Indiebound

I have high praise for Dinosaurs. Millet tells the simple story of a man suffering from loss, but it’s not at all sad. It’s hopeful. It’s hopeful in the way Gil interacts with other humans. His quiet observations and his easy going manner, allow him to guide and inform those around him, but completely without judgement.

After his long trek from NY to Arizona, the hours spent walking in solitude allowed him to process the past so he could step into the future. He arrives at his new home with no expectations but when he sees that his new neighbors have a glass house, he realizes that he will probably get to know them quite well. Giving full transparency a whole new meaning.

It’s hard to tell you exactly why I loved it so much. Not a lot happens but through Gil’s observations, we see what drives and motivates humans to do what they do. To know someone who can so seamlessly step into your life, offer support and much needed friendship, without judgement, is rare. I throughly enjoyed these characters. They aren’t perfect but they are good people trying to do their best.

Highly recommend.

Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
Disclosure: This post contains Indiebound affiliate links.

Whatnot – 11/09/22

Diner wall.Hello, everyone! It goes without saying and yet I say it anyway but the year is almost over! This is my absolute favorite time of the year but there is this underlying weirdness that keeps me from reveling in the goodness. Anyone else feel that way? I try to distract myself with reading lists and even movie lists. I think part of it is my lack of physical activity. Those long walks kept me sane and they are non-existent right now. I am back to taking short walks though. The Pup is super bossy though and once we are out just keeps going!

The photo above was taken at a local diner. There are two very well known diners where I live that have been in many movies and for whatever reason we’ve never gone to them so the past two weekends we had breakfast out and tried them out. We loved both of them. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day! Now I need to find another diner to try.

Today, I am supposed to be in the office but my doc called me in for some kidney testing so I am doing that and working from home. I hope the scans go well because I really do not want a repeat of what I went through last February.  Due to Veterans Day I have Friday off so it will be kind of a weird work week but I am grateful to have the flexibility.

I finally picked up the new King book, Fairy Tale. It’s starting off very strong. King is always such a good story teller. He pulls me right in, every time. At some point I will be reading it with The Essex Serpent which is my book club book.

My review of Dinosaurs by Lydia Millet posts this Friday. It was very good.

That’s all I have. Let me know how you are doing!

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