I have a guilt-inducing shelf full of books by friends and colleagues that I’ve every intention of reading, but, because I am lazy, never do. Recently, when a casual acquaintance sent me her new novel, a bit of historical fiction entitled The Black Isle, I cracked the cover out of mere politeness. And was promptly sucked in to a hypnotic tale of romance, intrigue, war, ghosts, colonialism, and a touch of octopus sex.
This book is not for everyone. It’s dark and twisted, and frankly, it gave me nightmares. But if you’ve the stomach for that sort of thing, you should head over to Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena on Saturday, where author Sandi Tan will be discussing her new work. I will probably see you there, because after reading her book, I have a mad girl-crush on Ms. Tan and want her to be my new best friend. Also, they sometimes have snacks at these things.
Saturday the 11th, 4 pm, Vroman’s, 695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, 626-449-5320.