Mood Ring Recommendations: Feeling... Changeable

My current mood is influenced by the changing seasons and the slide into October (possibly my favorite month), so, for this week's Mood Ring Recommendations, my mood is ...

~ Changeable ~

First, the mood I've picked isn't precise, because I'm not exactly sure what mood I'm trying to express. Something that's more than what's on the surface; something duplicitous (but not always bad); one thing and then another. What's one word for all that?

Whatever the word is, these reads all came to mind when I started thinking about stories with a character who wears a mask, is different than we think, or changes midway once we thought we knew them.



Eleanor Hallowell Abbott, Molly Make-Believe: This sweet novel is from 1911, and it's the only positive novel featuring misdirection and misapprehension. It reads like The Shop Around the Corner and other sweet rom-coms, and it's a really lovely, light romance.

Louisa May Alcott, A Long Fatal Love Chase: Pretty much the title sums up the plot. One of Alcott's pot boilers that she was shamed for writing, this delightful Gothic features a heroine fleeing from a nefarious lover, and all the drama that entails.  (Alcott's Behind a Mask is really a better fit for this theme, but isn't my favorite, but if you want the original twisted-caretaker-edges-out-the-wife, this is your book.)

Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's: Forget the beloved film (which I actually dislike) because Capote's Holly Golightly is nothing like Audrey Hepburn's version. This Holly is worthy of a close look: she's a little dangerous, very sexy, and a survivor.

Jane Harris, Gillespie and I: This chunky book is so good, with a wonderfully appealing unreliable narrator that I just adored. It doesn't hurt there's a midway oh-my-gosh-what?! twist that makes everything upside down. (I'm tempting myself to consider a reread now...!)

Rashad Harrison, Our Man in the Dark: This was one of the earliest books I reviewed on this blog and I still think about it. I loved every page of it. Our narrator is a thieving bookkeeper with MLK's Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and the FBI manipulate him into getting dirt on King.

Sheila Kohler, The Bay of Foxes: This is a haunting novel of an Ethiopian immigrant in France who meets a famed French novelist; the older woman wants to relive an affair with the young man, and what should be a Cinderella story is much, much darker. I was reminded of Jane Bowles, Marguerite Duras, and Daphne du Maurier.

Alex Myers, Revolutionary: Another novel where "changeable" is less negative; in this case, a young woman disguises herself as a man to fight with the Continental Army. Myers, who is trans-identified himself, explores identity and love in a quick-reading hist fic that was surprising and romantic.

What books make you think of "changeable"?

Comments

  1. I totally agree with Holly Golightly, the book version. I am not certain why they made her so bubbly in the movie, but I rather like the darker, book version, even if it does take some time to adjust to her. The movie is so ingrained in our collective conscience.

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    1. Book Holly is so shocking! but I love her so. It's so crazy to me some Hollywood writer/producer read Capote's story and ended up with what they did.

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  2. I loved Breakfast at Tiffany's and need to pick up that Alcott book.

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  3. Cat Winters' The Uninvited - it's an atmospheric ghost story with a plot twist that made me want to reread the book.

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    1. Oooh, I'm so glad to hear that, Sarah -- I've got that one around and I looooove ghost stories!

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