Lake of Dead Languages
Carol Goodman and Alice Hoffman are on the same branch of the same tree. Using similar themes and somewhat the same style they both resonate with me. Lake of Dead Languages is the first in Goodman’s repertoire and it is eerily reminiscent of Alice Hoffman’s River King. That’s not a bad thing at all; as I thoroughly enjoyed both books.
In Lake of Dead Languages Goodman weaves a tale about a tragedy at boarding school for young people, where three lives were taken. Now in present time, the TRUE story of what happened all those years ago is coming to light.
Goodman has a water fetish as most of her books center around water. I’ve read several of her books and each one has been well done. Check her out. I think you’ll feel the same way.
The River King
Alice Hoffman is one of my favorite writers. She writes slipstream fiction, another way of describing her work is magic realism. Hoffman finds a way to weave magic into the mundane. River King is no different. This book has long been a favorite of mine and it is one of the few books that I have read multiple times. The first sentence sets the mood for the entire book and that opening line is so sensual.
You can sense every word. It is one of the reasons Hoffman is such a favorite of mine. She has such a way with words.
Until next time…
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