East Is East by T. Coraghessan Boyle
Part farce, part satire, part love story, Boyle takes us to the heart of the American South, with all its chiggers and mullets and swamps and perfect American English, to tell a story about a Japanese who’s jumped ship, trying to find help in the land of “give us your tired, your poor, your …” — yeah, okay, we get it.
Ghost Train to the Eastern Star by Paul Theroux
Traveler Theroux returns to the path he trode 33 years ago to see what changes have taken place, from London through India, to Vietnam and Tokyo, and back across Russia on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Reading about the travel seems enough of a challenge that most wouldn’t want to follow in Theroux’s footsteps, but I’d give it all a gander. Especially Vietnam, which sounds perfectly charming.
The Private Parts of Women by Lesley Glaister
A psychological thriller that takes us through a multiple-personality world, as stepped through the looking glass by a woman who herself is running away from her past. The story worked for me right up till the end, when suddenly Glaister seemed not to know how to end the book on either a bang or a whimper. Too bad … though I think Hollywood prolly loves it. Still, I’d like to read her other titles, because she’s a fine storyteller.