I discovered this book through Joe’s top 10 list of books for 2020. As I’m a fan of Goodman’s work, I was excited to read a novel length piece of his fiction.
A Passing Shower is the story of Yvonne, told through her not quite autobiographical novel/diary.
This novel is a lot like life. It’s chaotic. The narrator is unreliable. There are literary allusions. Some humor. Good things happen. More bad things happen.
I admit I was at times frustrated with this novel. I wanted Yvonne to write a nicer fiction for her family. I wanted to decipher the truth from the stuff she’d made up. However, despite, or because of this, I saw Yvonne and her family as real people, not made up characters, and I felt for them through every one of their multiple tragedies.
Goodman has a delightful voice that keeps you with the story as it moves around in time and even changes fictional authors. There is a lot of humor, which is good, because it makes the sadness of the tale bearable.
I award A Passing Shower…