Follow Me, by Joanna Scott, Little Brown, Hardcover, 432 pages, List Price: $24.99
Joanna Scott's Follow Me also revolves around the telling of a life story, but hers is more slippery with half-truths and obfuscation. A 60-something Sally is recounting her life's journey to her granddaughter — it begins in the 1940s, with her being knocked up by a cousin, and winds its way through town after town and mishap after mishap. The only problem is, Sally's own son — her granddaughter's estranged father — shows up and contradicts the tale. Scott, the author of Tourmaline and Everybody Loves Somebody, is a skilled storyteller, as well as a Lannan Award winner and MacArthur Fellowship recipient. She keeps her grip on the narrative even when it threatens to spiral into nonsense. Sally's life is a strange one, and it's the telling of it that is fun, even when you're not sure who to believe.
I know I'm not supposed to judge a book by its cover.. but thats a really... good red.