The Best Place to Be: A Novel in Stories by Leslie Dormen
Leslie Dormen used a fascinating format for “The Best Place To Be,” one I have never before seen. She calls this format, ‘a novel in stories,’ and, as you might guess, it is a cross between a novel and a series of short stories. Essentially, Dormen took different scenes from the life of her character, Grace Hanford – scenes from childhood to middle age – and put them in the order that best expressed the story she wanted to tell, instead of chronological order. It was a fascinating format, one that could be quite successful and that I think Dormen did well.
However, I unfortunately felt a bit ‘blah’ about the character, Grace. I found myself unable to relate to Grace at all. I didn’t agree with many of her priorities or decisions, but I also wasn’t able to commiserate with why she may have made them anyway. This book is more for the 40 year-old stunningly single sophisticate than the happily newly married.
What do you think of the format of this book (even if you haven’t read it)? Are you more drawn to novels or short stories? How would you see this format bridging the gap for you?
I do want to say, just because I didn’t like this book doesn’t mean YOU won’t. I encourage you to check out other reviews, because the book does have pretty good ratings on LibraryThing. Here are all the other blogs this book is touring with TLC Blog Tours:
Wednesday, October 1st: Wormbook
Friday, October 3rd: Maw Books
Monday, October 6th: Diary of an Eccentric
Wednesday, October 8th: Devourer of Books
Friday, October 10th: Life and Times of a “New” New Yorker
Monday, October 13th: Books I Done Read
Wednesday, October 15th: From the Mixed-Up Files
Friday, October 17th: Bloody Hell! It’s a Book Barrage!
Monday, October 20th: A Girl Walks Into a Book Store…
Wednesday, October 22nd: The Book Lady
Monday, October 27th: Bookgirl’s Nightstand