An updated retelling of Virgina Wolf's Mrs. Dalloway, the story follows the thoughts and footsteps of Clare, the seemingly perfect, if a bit bland, wife of a British diplomat as she plans a dinner party that could be crucial to her husband's career.
As Clare runs her errands in Paris's Seventh Arrondissement, we follow her down the Rue de Varenne and back in time as she recalls choices she made 25 years prior that have quietly haunted her to the point where the past seems to bleed into her present and she imagines she sees a man she knows to be long dead.
Korkeavkivi's depiction of an Expatriate's Paris is as complex and moving as that of her heroine, bringing to light a city that, like all of us, holds unexpected dimensions that can't be seen in a first, second, or even third look. Her description the Rodin Museum and the artist's The Burghers of Calais alone would make book worth one's time.
What will you be reading this weekend?