The Book of Speculation: A Novel by Erika Swyler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
There are a lot of things going on in this book! That's one of the things I enjoyed most about it. The book alternates the perspective of Simon in the first person present with the story of a carnival family in third person past tense. The two parts inform the story and move it along. In the present, Simon's problems layered on top of each other in a way which made me understand the character and his motivations without stressing me out. Simon's problems and challenges kept me interested and involved.
I also liked how the book approached and tried to explain otherness and loneliness. How otherness can make you lonely and how loneliness can make you other. How family and family history affect both. How losing family makes you both.
I love love love the character Doyle.
I also like this cover that tells you a bit more about the book:
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