Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Book ~ "Town House" (2007) Tish Cohen
I picked this book up at the library because it was on a table of books by Canadian authors. I hadn't read anything by Cohen before.
I enjoyed it. I liked the writing style. Given the subject matter, at times the book was funny.
The story was interesting. Though I have no problem leaving the house and have never known anyone who has agoraphobia, Jack did and I could feel his panic and fear when he tried to. He wanted to overcome it so much but couldn't.
I liked the characters. All were quirky in their own way. Jack's father had been a singer (I pictured a young Alice Cooper) before he died in an unfortunate accident when Jack was a kid. Jack felt the loss of his dad all his life. Jack's teenage son, Harlan, was great ... a funny kid. He knows his dad has a problem and, though he encourages him to get better, takes such good care of him. I was concerned that Lucinda, the little girl next door, would be annoying but she wasn't. She had a wacky family who neglected her and was a good friend to Jack. Dorrie, the real estate agent, sounded like a ditz who realized she kind of realized she was but didn't realize how much.
I'd recommend this book if you are looking for something quirky about an unusual topic.