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Monday, November 10, 2003

Night Diving by Micheline Esposito

Night Diving by Micheline EspositoI took a bunch of reading material with me on my Denver Trip and Night Diving by Micheline Esposito was one of the books I took. I'd read the description of this book on Amazon.com and bookmarked the page for future purchase. When I found it at my local Borders I snapped it up figuring it would be a good trip read. I wasn't disappointed.

Written in a first person narrative, Night Diving follows thirty year old Rose Salino, as she heads home to Long Island to attend the funeral of her grandmother. While there she runs into her childhood friend and first love, Jessie. Seeing her childhood haunts and her old friend brings up painful memories for Rose as she comes to terms with the effect her childhood fears have had on her as an adult.

If all of that sounds like a terrible downer, never fear, Micheline Esposito injects the whole thing with her distinctive wry sense of humor. Even with the serious subject matter at the heart of the book, I found myself laughing out loud through most of it. Micheline Esposito has a way of describing Rose's life that reminded me of David Sedaris and his darkly comedic essays on his wacky life and family.

So if you're looking for a book that will make you cry but laugh while you're doing it, give Night Diving a shot. I liked it well enough that I'll be on the lookout for more of Micheline Esposito's work.

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