Stay up with Hugo Best, by Erin Somers, is a tale of
a young wanna-be comedienne (June) who gets tangled up with her former boss and
TV-icon, Hugo Best. He spies her doing
stand-up in a dank club after his retirement party, invites her to his house in
Connecticut, and she agrees to go. They
spend the long Memorial Day Weekend together in his glass house that overlooks
acres upon acres and hangar full of cars, with his teenage son, and their
housekeeper, Ana. After a fateful night on his boat, June learns that she’s no
different than any other woman who has ever been in Hugo’s life…other than his
This novel left something to be desired…like a moving plot. The tale was so stagnant that it gave me a headache each time I tried to get into it. The reader is bombarded with so much minute detail about every scene that the natural dialogue and minimal forward motion of the story get lost. Connecting with a character never happened, so I found myself not really caring what happened between June and Hugo. Not being able to get into the book, I skipped to the end and was not at all surprised by it. Typical “crush on your boss, he uses you, you get tossed aside” novel with no heartstrings attached…for the reader or for Hugo.
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Caprichos Books gave me the
opportunity to read an advanced copy of “To Keep the Sun Alive,” By Rabeah
Ghaffari. This book takes place on the
eve of the Iranian Revolution and is based around a large family who are evaluating
their place within the ever changing society in which they live. When
Shazdehpoor, the family patriarch, reminisces about a time 30 years prior each
of these character’s differences plays out.
Out of this large family there are
two brothers, Madjid and Jamsheed, who are the son’s of Shazdehpoor and reject everything
that he believes in. These two brothers grew up having strong opinions for
themselves which lead them to good and bad choices. Madjid is a beginning university student who
is looking to use his education to help his country in the future. Jamsheed is
the brother who is absent from the family most of the time due to his opium
addiction. When a fight breaks out in the street between two men, one of them
ends up dead. These two brothers end up coming together by taking the side of
the man who killed his foe. The fight within the town streets creates a rift
within the community. This sets off the political groups and they are torn
between which side to choose. Throughout all of this, there is a beautiful love
story happening between Nasreen and Madjid.
Nasreen and Madjid’s love
story plays out over time. From the first time they saw each other, to their
secret love meetings, it shows just how intense their love is for each other.
This love affair is rejected by Shazdehpoor and is one of the many things that
pairs the family against each other. All this is going on as the revolution
begins, which brings a divided family tragic results.
In Ghaffari’s debut novel, it shows
the choices of people of power and how these decisions shape one’s character
and the effects it has on those around them. I really enjoyed this book but for
me it took a little while to get thru with its heavy storyline and making sure
I was following each characters story. I recommend this book to anyone who
enjoys reading historical fiction or just wants to try a new genre!