Once Upon A Book Club: The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung (4 out of 5)

This was this month’s Literature Bandits title. It was a book accidentally shipped to me. Cathy from Harper had asked them to ship me some ARC’s and instead they shipped a good many copies of this title, coming out June 18, 2019. Cathy inquired about the mix up and was told I could keep the books. So I did it as our pick this month! It was a new experience for the book club; they don’t have access to advance copies, and here was one for them. It was also the first book since The Reluctant Fortune-teller that we all liked! The only thing frustrating most of us was that Katherine, our lead, kept falling for the same lines hook, line, & sinker. Additionally, we also wanted to smack the mom in the story until her history was revealed and her actions seemed to make some more sense. Overall, Chung was successful in getting all of the members of the Literature Bandits to finish the book! Her writing was fluid, captivating, and as far as the not-oft discussed arena of mathematics, eye-opening.

Katherine always felt different growing up. Her childhood is full of yearning to be accepted and her family life to be a happy one, instead of wondering why her mother and father don’t seem to be a happy couple and she always feels as if she is on the outside looking into dreams of an idyllic family life. Katherine chooses to be a mathematician and chasing down the answer to the elusive Reimann Hypothesis leads her down all sorts of bends in the road. There’s love, lost & found. Family acceptance, at too great of a price? Betrayal, at the hands of many. Despite her outward confidence being unending, Katherine is insecure to the nth degree, and it often shows itself in exasperating ways throughout the book. Namely in trusting numerous people, only to have that turned on her in an ugly fashion. Katherine, though, is quite a multi-dimensional character. She keeps you rooting for her from the start, and you just want to punch every single one of those mofos dragging her down. To be truly happy, Katherine needs to get to the bottom of her mother and her abandonment. It takes awhile, but when the reader gets the story, well, you feel for the character even more. This is a modern historical fiction title, taking place in the 50’s and 60’s, up to the current day. It has a number of supporting cast, although a good many of them all seem to be out to get Katherine or their hands on her hard work in math. A worthwhile read and definitely a good book club pick. The folks at Ecco are bringing this one out on June 18, 2019.

~ by generationgbooks on March 22, 2019.

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