Little Sister by Barbara Gowdy – Book Review

Little Sister

I found this novel to be extremely interesting, since I’ve long had a fascination with lightning.  When thunderstorms hit, Rose Bowen finds herself inside another woman’s body, experiencing her life and living her emotions.  Is this only a migraine, as Rose’s boyfriend, the tediously boring Victor asserts, or is something else happening?

Rose’s life is the same, day-after-day, taking care of her mother who suffers from dementia, running the family classic movie theater, and sleeping with Victor on the same nights week after week.  Having a peek at another, more exciting life becomes an obsession for Rose.  She seeks our thunderstorms with the hopes of experiencing someone else’s life.


When Rose realizes that this is a real woman, whose life she is experiencing, she begins to track her down, for what reason, Rose is not entirely sure.  I don’t want to give away too much of the plot, so I’ll just leave it here.  However, I will say that this experience gives Rose the jolt (pun intended) that she has needed for a long time.  I highly recommend this novel.  Well done, Gowdy!

Barbara Gowdy

Barbara Gowdy


Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton – Book Review


If you are a fan of pirate tales, this is the novel for you.  There is the swashbuckling “hero”, Captain Charles Hunter, well on his way to being arrested for “pirating”, when in fact he is a “privateer” (simply a legal term for pirate).  Hunter is everything you would hope for in a pirate – he smells bad, he is a cad and a liar in the first degree.  He is also loyal to his crew, an intelligent man, and one bent on obtaining his goals – treasure hunting and stealing being the preeminent goal of a pirate, after all.  Just a note, this novel was published posthumously.


I loved this story.  It had everything you could want in a straight-up pirate book.  A Captain on the search for revenge, treasure and having his name go down in history.  The novel moves along quickly, is a fast read, and is full of all the usual suspects.

I highly recommend this novel, as it is great fun.  Well done, Crichton!


Michael Crichton