Book: Tom Lake
Author: Ann Patchett
This is my 81st read for the year
This is the story of Lara. In the middle of the pandemic, her three grown daughters have returned to the family's cherry farm. While they work, Lara is drilled by her daughters to tell them of her past when she was an actress. It was just a short time in Lara's life, but during that time she dated the now famous Peter Duke. As they work, Lara tells them of her summer at Tom Lake where she was in a stage play of Our Town, and how that began and ended her career as an actress. Her children are captivated as the story unfolds changing their view of their mother and her past and how, eventually, she came to be the wife of someone who owns a cherry farm.
This was an okay book. I did listen to it - Meryl Streep is the narrator so I thought that might be a good way to "read" this book. And it was. She is a great narrator. I just didn't find the story itself especially interesting. It was a slow read and I found a lot of Lara's past boring. I just could not get invested in the story.
I did read The Dutch House by Patchett and really enjoyed that. And right now am reading "Run" and enjoying that. This one just missed the mark for me.