I finished Maggie Shipstead’s new novel, Astonish Me, last night, following a furious 48-hour reading cycle. I cannot endorse this book heartily enough. I liked but didn’t love her first novel, Seating Arrangements, but this one grabbed me by the lapels (or leotard) and just didn’t let go. 

You might not think you’ll be into it because of the ballet (I was worried), but she does a gorgeous job of bringing you into that world and filling it with so many people you care about that you mostly just want more of them. I was especially impressed by the way she only let us connect with a particularly elusive character bit by bit, finally saving the most delicious bite for last. (No spoilers, but you’ll know it when you see it.)

Read it, peeps. Or save it for a long summer weekend in the park. Either way.

I finished Maggie Shipstead’s new novel, Astonish Me, last night, following a furious 48-hour reading cycle. I cannot endorse this book heartily enough. I liked but didn’t love her first novel, Seating Arrangements, but this one grabbed me by the lapels (or leotard) and just didn’t let go.

You might not think you’ll be into it because of the ballet (I was worried), but she does a gorgeous job of bringing you into that world and filling it with so many people you care about that you mostly just want more of them. I was especially impressed by the way she only let us connect with a particularly elusive character bit by bit, finally saving the most delicious bite for last. (No spoilers, but you’ll know it when you see it.)

Read it, peeps. Or save it for a long summer weekend in the park. Either way.

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catapultreads:

Both of today’s pieces look at what happens when you try - really really hard - to be the person you want to be, and they dance around the line between personal flourishing and just trying too hard.

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It’s New Catapult Day! This is our funniest, Irishest, talking-about-Easter-candiest episode yet.

Oooo, Isaac is the best. Can’t wait.

Isaac is maybe one of my very favorite people on the planet. YAY!

This is the most promising apartment I saw on Saturday. I won’t be making an offer, but it was truly lovely. Pros: good price, nice location, well-maintained, nice kitchen with tons of cabinet space, gorgeous light, very private (looked out over a church, so views and light likely to be preserved). Cons: a little on the small side, no storage beyond one open (and nicely set up) closet in the bedroom. Like, literally none.
So fun to see how other people live!

This is the most promising apartment I saw on Saturday. I won’t be making an offer, but it was truly lovely. Pros: good price, nice location, well-maintained, nice kitchen with tons of cabinet space, gorgeous light, very private (looked out over a church, so views and light likely to be preserved). Cons: a little on the small side, no storage beyond one open (and nicely set up) closet in the bedroom. Like, literally none.

So fun to see how other people live!