Thursday, March 31, 2011

Emma's Table by Philip Galanes

Emma's Table by Philip Galanes
ISBN: 978-0-06-155407-0

Told from the point of view of several different characters who, at the beginning, are seemingly unconnected, "Emma's Table" is definitely attention-capturing. Containing a defensive mother, a social worker by weekday and assistant by weekend, and a Martha Stewart look-a-like business mogul, among other people, the are so many sides to this story that it was hard to keep up at first.

However, once I fell into rhythm with the book, it was easy to see that Philip Galanes, the book's author, had spent a lot of time developing each and every character. Once each person had their turn to speak for a couple of chapters, I easily fell in love with them all.

As we follow Emma Sutton's (60-something year old formally imprisoned go-getter) journey of almost soul recreation, you'll see her go from a woman hardened by life and relationships with her loved ones slowly into a compassionate human being willing to help those that need it.

Her encounters with a man that dares to go against her in an auction for an expensive table, an overweight little girl, and her assistant's girlfriend only help to further draw your attention to the way Sutton's mind works. By the end of the book, the many characters are connected in intricate ways.

In all honesty, it is hard to describe this book in a justifying way. The surprising twists and turns are few, the story flows well, and it contains few boring lulls.

I can't promise that this book is for everyone, but, I do promise that there are many that will truly love it for what it is. All in all, I give it a three out of five.

Pick it up at your local bookstore today!


Sarah said...

Yeah, you definitely need to check out the Hunger Games series! It's one of the best I've read. Thanks for stopping by! I've added you to my "Great Blogs" list on my site :)

-Sarah @InklingsRead