September 19, 2009
Benny & Shrimp
Benny & Shrimp by Katarina Mazetti
Quit on 9/6/09
Two middle-aged misfits and a love that should not be as complicated as it seems.
It started in a cemetery, where they begrudgingly share a bench. "Shrimp," the childless young widow and librarian with a sharp intellect and a home so tidy that her jam jars are in alphabetical order, meets Benny, the gentle, overworked milk farmer who fears becoming the village's Old Bachelor. Both driven by an enormous longing and loudly ticking biological clocks, they can't escape the powerful attraction between them.
But how will she learn to accept that he falls asleep at the opera and has a house full of his mother's cross-stitch? And how could he ever feel at home in her minimalist apartment, bare as a dentist's waiting room?
An international sensation now available for the first time in the United States, this quirky, humorous, completely readable novel breathes new life into the age-old conundrum that is love.
About the Author
Katarina Mazetti was nominated for the Prix Cevennes in France in 2007, and has worked as a journalist, teacher, and author of books for readers of all ages. For twenty years she lived on a small farm in northern Sweden, an experience that became the basis for Benny and Shrimp, her first adult novel.
Why is it that I dread writing a review for a book I either didn't finish or disliked, particularly when said book was sent directly from the publicist or author? I don't know these people. I don't have to make polite conversation with them at a dinner party. I'm sure they don't expect everyone to love their work. And yet, sometimes, I just hate to be the voice of dissension. But I've always been honest in my reviews and hope that those with low ratings might still appeal to other readers.
It certainly feels better to be able to say I couldn't get interested rather than to have a laundry list of complaints and irritations. Fortunately, Benny & Shrimp is simply a book that couldn't hold my attention. I have no specific complaints other than it just wasn't my cuppa tea.