Thursday, July 19, 2018

Transcription by Kate Atkinson

It is 1950 and Juliet Armstrong is trying to live a life of normalcy, but the past won’t let its iron grip slip so easily. During WWII, Armstrong worked for the British Intelligence Services, and as a young woman, she found herself wading in deep waters, following rules set by the men in charge. A life-altering incident is set into motion by a “flamingo,” an Iron Curtain defector, and Juliet will have to come to terms with what was really true or fake in espionage. Filled with suspense, this delightful tale is made even more so by Atkinson’s trademark humor.

Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart

As a securities trader, Barry Cohen is living the American Dream. But when things are wound too tight, he comes unhinged leaving behind his family, a beautiful Indian American wife Seema, and his autistic son, Shiva. In Trump’s America, Barry embarks on a search for that all-important currency: authenticity. Clutching his stable of luxury watches, Barry sets off on a Greyhound bus ride through “real” America. The dissonance is on overdrive here — the people he meets are doomed to their mediocre fates but as a wealthy man he can do no wrong, his wealth always cushioning any fall or misstep.