The Veranda is a well crafted account of a complicated life from the vantage point of middle age. A woman has hunkered down in a modest retreat that's perched on a hillside in the Central American jungle. Fortified by her conviction that all complexity can be understood by writing about it, she spends every day on her veranda striving to gain perspective on her hodgepodge of a life. From the streets of Paris, to the beaches of Cape Cod, to the subway tunnels of New York, she recreates people, places, events, love affairs, and business endeavors in an effort to find patterns that might tell her something. But she's hampered by the insistent intrusion of life around her: beautiful wildlife beckons, her housekeeper brings news from town, and friends stop by with their stories. In the end she capitulates and the story of life on the veranda begins for real.
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About the Author
Susan LaDue lives and works in central MA. She has a Ph.D. in Romance Languages and Literatures, and was a professor of French and Women's Studies at UMass, Boston for 13 years. She has published one scholarly work and a number of articles in English and French, as well as "Four Seasons Dog Care", a manual about caring for your dog as the seasons change. Susan owned a dog services business for 15 years.
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Susan LaDue's short, two part novel THE VERANDA is a quick and wonderful read. Written in the first person, the book has two distinct themes, presented in alternating chapters. Each chapter is written as though the woman is speaking directly to the reader. The first theme is all the "Veranda" chapters, in which an elderly woman describes her immediate surroundings, as seen from the veranda of what must be a beautiful villa in an exotic location looking across the jungle treetops to the sea. LaDue's writing in these sections is lush and lyrical. I felt as though I were actually on the veranda with her, enjoying her day to day life with her. The alternating chapters are reminiscences from her past life. THE VERANDA PART 1 focuses mainly on women who have been important to her through the years. Many were lovers; some were friends. Some were good for her; some were not. THE VERANDA PART 2 continues the reminiscences about relationships, but also gives the reader a great deal of information about other aspects of the woman's past life. I suspect LaDue is not finished with this novel. THE VERANDA PART 3 should be equally enjoyable.