Friday, December 06, 2013
Nothing But Blue, by Lisa Jahn-Clough
I really like Jahn-Clough's spare writing style. Her other two novels are both on my very short list of perfect books. This one is also well-written, but the story didn't work for me. There are a couple of explanations for this. Maybe it is because it is too predictable (memory loss stories have a pretty standard dramatic arc). Or maybe it is because the novel's length relies solely upon having a main character who turns down rescue repeatedly (a choice that always seems to me more designed to extend the story than to serve a literary purpose). It is, in sum, a short story stretched out into a thin novel. It could easily have been resolved in thirty pages and maybe should have been.