Thursday, February 4, 2021
Shelter in Place
Aggrieved. Even the three dogs (Bedlington terriers) in David Leavitt’s novel titled, Shelter in Place, come across as entitled elites. Leavitt skewers with great skill the complete cast of characters in this novel, mostly through his fine deployment of dialogue to highlight the aggrieved state as felt by those who are so much better off than most. Residents of wealthy enclaves in Manhattan know these characters and possibly are these people. If after reading a sample of this novel and not finding the pointed wit, you may need to do some additional introspection. The world and the characters in the novel revolve around the star of protagonist Eva. Worried about life in the United States under President Trump, Eva buys an apartment in Venice as a potential refuge. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with this cast of very unlikeable characters, thanks to Leavitt’s fine writing and pointed humor. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase Shelter in Place from amazon.com.