She Flew the Coop by Michael Lee West

I was alone a handful of Saturdays ago. I wandered the streets of Madrid, staying close to the Chueca and Malasaña neighbourhoods, which are my favourite. I kept on getting lost and then recognising this little square, that mural, and…wait a second, what’s this? A narrow door leading to a ..bar? with a fading sign over it. “J&J Coffee and Books” it said, and there was a woman bathing in a cup of coffee, reading a book. On the sign, not for real.

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I went in and immediately stopped in front of a shelf – used books for one or two euros. I chose two and then went to the cashier. Her face was frowning but she was ..sort of friendly, in her own way. When I was about to pay she looked at me and said: “You did see the books downstairs, right?” No, I obviously hadn’t. So down I went and back up I came, about forty minutes later, loaded with cheap, used, English books. I was enthusiastic to say the least.

One of the ones I read and preferred was the one in the title of this post. This is the kind of book I like: a good mix between an intriguing mystery (what happened to Olive? Will they find out?), family ties (who’s sleeping with whom), a place I haven’t been to (Louisiana), food (southern USA food is ever more inspiring), sex (there is a fair amount in the book which however does not become vulgar in the least), strong women and respected african americans. I loved it, and it was so much more than a holiday novel. I ordered another two by Mrs. West and can’t wait to read them!

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About Full Of Daisies

I am permanently in love. Things I like: purple, pasta, silk, autumn, the smell of mould, candles, cachi, having friends, water, new things, rice, eggs (all eggs!), fresh grass, olive trees, shiny things, glitter, hanging objects, windcatchers, wind, couscous, wasabi, carnivores, presents, snow, leaves, orchids, feathers, cappelletti, meat, fruit (all fruit), more del gelso (Morus alba L.), pigs, candles, christmas, polenta fritta!, separating egg whites from yokes in my hands, cartoons, dragons, the ocean, nudibranchi, cows, mercury (the metal), cosmos (the flowers), thunderstorms, Mika, turtles, acquariums, green and blue (mixed), siccamores, spring, snails, 24, porc with a sweet sauce (apple, cranberry, tomatoes jam), looking at a swimming pool upsidedown and underwater, english accent, open-minded people, driving, blue skies, checkered tablecloths, butterflies, books and cartoons in rhyme, painting eggs, the star-shadows that football players have, silver, laughing, Vivaldi, bells and chimes, white and purple, creating. Complete Happiness: Early morning. Sun, with a breeze; a pond with water lilies. A house, with a garden, full of plants. A vegetable patch, lemon, orange and mandarin trees. Cosmos everywhere. Birds in the trees; a tortoise eating the salad from the vegetable patch; a mammal (I couldn’t decide which one would make me happier) close by. No houses for as far as the eye can see. Me, a man that loves me and that I love. Friends coming over for a lunch that I have to prepare, and have all the ingredients for all ready in the kitchen.

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  1. Pingback: “Crazy Ladies” by Michael Lee West | Marghe's Blog

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