Am reading Open Me, the debut novel from Sunshine O'Donnell. Oh man, is it great. O'Donnell tackles the cult of wailers - professional weeping women hired to "mourn" at the funerals of the rich and famous. She successfully pairs fact with fiction in a really great read.
Not everyone can do that.
This book is great for book groups. It's got incredible emotional abuse of children, legislative documents and quotes from wailing training manuals that will curl your toes.
This isn't my typical fair. I'm a crime girl, but something about this book reaches out and grabs you, ya know? There are elements in here that just stick with you - the abuse of these children, children abandoned because they couldn't cry on Q, cult-like isolation and goddess worship.
Check it out.