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Barbara SilkstoneThe Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters
Lee Sinclair has created a tidy, if lonely, world in her first published book. And it works; it's a world worth inhabiting for the time spent immersed in her scraggy, out-of-control web of existence.
Obsessed with dog-drool, Chris Isaak and questions of self-esteem, Ms. Sinclair paints an elegant portrait of a middle-aged divorcee (a "born-again spinster," in her words) and her dog "Big M" ... along with the baffling array of fancifully monikered misfits that constitute her supporting cast.
By appearances, "Blognots" is semi-autobiographical, a book worth noting if Ms. Sinclair is, indeed, just a crazy lol (not to be confused with the online shorthand for "laughing out loud," which her book inspires at times). That, sadly, might mean that's all there is ... an amusing one-shot wonder penned by a one-legged bird with two broken wings.
However, if the real Lee Sinclair is a self-confident, dog-hating mother of five (or a 6-foot-6 hulk with a two-day growth, scars and tattoos), the creation of "em" and "Big M" borders on genius and leaves the reader anxiously awaiting the characters populating some new and different literary fireside.
I'm rooting for the latter. Being a bit dotty myself, like the irrepressible em, I don't remember my age most of the time, because it keeps changing every year. I'll need a new Sinclair story every year or so to help pass the time.
But this book is so much more. It is a book I wish I had written. Not as in I wish I could write a book like this, though I do, but that I wish I had been clever enough to have even thought of it in the first place. The storyline is wonderfully quirky. It begins as a benign though terrifically funny/puny parody of a cozy mystery, then takes an unexpected sharp turn into... well, I'm not going to spoil the pleasure of the reader by revealing the story... suffice to say it took me by surprise.
The book reminded me a little bit of those old 'archy and mehitabel' collections my brothers used to leave hanging around our house. Those books were full of humor and philosophical wisdom and so is BlogNots (or Not Blogs). Every `crook and nanny' (to quote Big M, a blogging dog) is filled with one or the other.
Ms Sinclair talks some about finding balance, but she's just unbalanced and wise enough to create a kooky lol (little old lady, lol), Em, who has a weird imagination for storytelling and at the same time a deep understanding of the human condition. A consummate reader of self-help books, Em takes what the great Zig Ziglar called `the cream of our learning' and tidies it all up in a thought or two.
The last act veered a bit past funny and into the absurd for my taste - a parody of the parody - by oh, my! the book made me laugh and it made me think and I'm still laughing and thinking many days after finishing it. What more could one ask for in any book?
Lee Sinclair says in her introduction that she has spent her life meandering `from one something else to another' and that her `very favorite activity is thinking (and thinking and thinking)'. I hope she continues to meander and think - and write - because I can't wait to discover what she might come up with next.
This author originally got my attention on the Kindle Books forum where her sense of playful wit in her interactions with other authors made for a delightful thread. I decided I liked her sense of humor and friendliness with authors and readers so I bought and read her book. It was a light, fun, easy read which was well-written and well-formatted. It held my interest, made me laugh often, and made me think sometimes. It made me want to read more by Lee Sinclair, and I hope she is working on a new release.