The Pregnant Widow by Martin Amis (for bookclub)
Author Description: It’s 1970, and 20-year-old Keith Nearing is spending the summer in Italy with a small group of friends, primary among them on-again/off-again girlfriend Lily and her gorgeous friend, Scheherazade. The easiness between Keith and Lily begins to crumble as Lily picks up on Keith’s perhaps requited attraction to Scheherazade. As Lily torments Keith—at first playfully, and later cruelly—and Keith inches closer to pulling off an all-consuming sexual coup, Amis milks a surprising amount of tension from a fairly wispy plot: will Keith get Scheherazade into the sack?
Amazon Review: Other than the Boston Globe, critics were unimpressed with Amis’s coming-of-age story set during the carefree 1970s. Despite his celebrated wit and sparkling prose, Amis takes too many detours, and his persistent lectures on the frustrations of growing old and the sexual revolution’s long-term effects thwart the book’s narrative momentum.
My Review: Worst. Book. Ever. It was pure torture to read and I only finished it because I am cheap and had purchased it on my Kindle. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME.
Next up… Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
**I was not asked to, or compensated for, writing this book review.