Welcome, Winter! When the world is enveloped in white, the LOL rejoice in the chance to light a crackling fire, sink into our sofas and cozy up with some delicious reads. Join us here in Okanagan Woman and online, at shannonlinden.ca, for recipes and reviews.
Along with delectable food, sumptuous sips and stimulating conversation, every month the LOL collect contributions for the hosting member’s charity of choice. This fall we donated to the Terry Fox run and the Kelowna division of the Canadian Mental Health Association and we read the following, fantastic books.
Before the Fall
By Noah Hawley
Get ready for a roller coaster of a ride when you sign up for this story. Noah Hawley, writer and producer of the FX television show Fargo, is the guy behind the pen and man, is it obvious he's a screenwriter!
The chapters are short, quick paced and tension-filled, yet interlaced with profound insights to human nature.
Youth Services Assistant at the Kelowna branch of the Okanagan Regional Library, Judy Millard, chose this book. While searching the ORL catalogue she came across the title and was immediately intrigued by the premise:
"On a foggy summer night, eleven people – ten privileged, one down on his luck painter – depart Martha’s Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean." The only survivors are the artist and a four-year-old boy.
Told in parallel narratives involving the crash and ensuing investigation, interwoven with the backstories of the passengers and crew, Hawley sets readers up to unravel a mystery. Why did the plane go down with so many influential people on board? Who are these people – really?
We sense something sinister, and indeed every character has a hidden past. There’s the multi-millionaire media mogul, David Bateman, whose son survives, the Wall Street winner dabbling in international money laundering and our recovering alcoholic artist, Scott Burroughs, who paints disaster scenes in an attempt to reconcile his own train wreck of a life. Included are their families, the crew, and even the investigators on the ground, as we get a brief glimpse into many lives.
At first Burroughs is hailed as a hero. He survives the crash, surfacing among flaming debris to find the boy. Fighting waves, sharks, the dark and a dislocated shoulder, he manages to swim hours to shore, the child clinging to his neck.