Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Belzhar, by Meg Wolitzer
For lack of a better way to describe this novel, I'll call it a cross between Dead Poets Society and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. It's an entrancing riff on the boarding school/psych ward genre with an incredibly melancholy whiff of the supernatural thrown in. The story is well managed -- the narrative stays focused and the characters are kept to a minimum, each experiencing nice development and character growth. My only disappointment was with how Jam's own story gets resolved, but that may be more my frustration with the character than the author and you can't win them all! It's not a strikingly original work, but it is a good story, beautifully told.