Short Books

My kid’s got a summer assignment for AP English — select and read two novels from a list of about 20.

I’ve been telling him since June that I’d be glad to go over the list with him and recommend books that he might enjoy reading but he’s put it off so long now that I’m limited to recommending short books that he might enjoy reading, and that leaves us with Ethan Frome, Wide Sargasso Sea and All the Pretty Horses.

He comes back from the bookstore with Frome and Sargasso, two books about men who marry crazy women.

He ruled out All the Pretty Horses because it’s 300 pages long and “I read the first sentence and it had like six adjectives.”

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