Another cool thing about being a reviewer is that you get to read a book before anyone else. (Full disclosure: excuse the fingerprints: the cover of the advanced reading copy is shiny.) Songs Without Words is the new book due out in September from Ann Packer. She wrote The Dive From Clausen’s Pier. Like that book, Songs is a complex tale of humans trying to make choices with both their hearts and their heads. Suicide is a theme that runs all through this book, and there were times I was reluctant to read it, not wanting to watch one of the characters I had come to love feel pain.
The more I write, the more I find the writing/editing part of my brain won’t shut up when I read, yammering on about awkward dialog, clunky exposition, etc. It only shuts up when I read a really good book . And with Songs Without Words it was very, very quiet.