Tuesday, November 24, 2020

More Pandemic Audio: "Sunburn" by Laura Lippman

 More Pandemic Audio: Sunburn by Laura Lippman, 2018, downloaded from Hoopla.

Short: Woman dumps a husband and lands in small town Maryland near to the coast. Woman is pretty redhead who gets job, boyfriend, and we learn her story with sex and murder.

So noir-y that even I recognized some of the plot points as homages to other stories. Redhead is Polly. She shows up in a local restaurant and catches the eye of a guy there. 

Look, I'm not going to try and do a fancy-schmancy write-up. There are plenty of reviews online and I listened to this back in April. For all that has happened this year that seven months may as well be seven years.

Things I do remember: a woman with no trust in men starts to trust one. A woman who seems sociopathic is not. A woman dedicated to her children has to carry out a difficult long-term plan to ensure the freedom of herself, her children, and her finances. 

1 comment:

Mathew Paust said...

I like thia review, Gerard. Tthe no bullshit way you summarize and offer opinions. I don't do audio books, as I've learned late in life I was not--am not--an auditory learner, probly because, as I learned late in life I'm ADHD and mildly Aspergian. Mind drifts too wildly for narratives to ride along. I need print to steady things. I found your blog from Patti's Short Story Wednesday comment thread. BTW, I grew up in Columbus, Wis. Relatives all over the state. Love the place but have become acclimated to Virginia. Love Va now, too--history behind every tree and under every rock.