Monday, October 14, 2013
ALENA by Rachel Pastan
ALENA by Rachel Pastan is ok. The authors prose is very poetic and descriptive in a flowery way. We don't know the speakers name but she is enticed to move from a small Wisconsin town to Cape Cod to be curator of a well-known art museum. She finds this to be the chance of a lifetime but when she arrives she is immediately confronted by the ghosts of the past curator. No one can give up Alena's presence. The narrator becomes so entwined in the mystery that she never leaves although they do open a new museum in a new place yet by the ocean. The book starts with the speaker going back to the past museum and then remembering the troubles everyone encountered.