Well now! Full disclosure. I must confess I’m a political junkie. I believe it’s because I lived in the province of Quebec for over fourteen years. And that province is a hot-bed of intensity.
How do I find relief?
When the news gets too overwhelming, or I get too rattled, then I resort to a social-media black out. That’s the only way I can gain balance and strength and return to my regular life of inventing stories and putting words on the page.
Last week was not the time to move away from the screen.
No, it certainly wasn’t. I was riveted to the Ford/Kavanaugh testimonies in the USA. In my opinion it was compelling. The theatre, the blame, the arcane rules of the Senate Committee. A daughter of a journalist remarked, “Why is everybody so old?”
My post today is not to display my opinion. Although I must admit, my chosen graphic certainly makes a statement. Everyone can come to their own conclusions as to what was unfolding in front of their eyes.
After two days of watching this event and the resulting discussions, I decided I’d had enough. I put away the controllers to the t.v and closed the doors to the armoire.
What happened next?
I resumed my life. Chores, groceries and house work were on the list. Then I went to the library and picked up a book called, all we ever wanted by Emily Giffin, Penguin, Random House, Double Day Canada, 2018. And yes, the title is all in lower-case, although it pained me to write it that way. (too OCD for words).
I enjoy Ms. Giffin’s writing so picked it up. It’s so popular that it was considered an Express Read (with a 7 day loan). I inhaled it.
And guess what?
This book explored the identical themes that I’d just witnessed on t.v. Two different worlds. Wealth and privilege versus the middle class. The dueling points of view of ‘he said’, ‘she said’.
Lies and deceptions. Truth and honesty. Entitlement on full display.
The advance praise for this book included authors Jodi Pocoult, Harlan Coben, Elinor Lipman and Kristin Hannah. Heavy hitters in their own genres.
This is a fast-paced, timely novel that I would highly recommend.
This wasn’t the novel that I intended to read or needed to read, considering the timing, but it was the one I ended up choosing. I didn’t know much about this book before I launched myself into it.
And I’m glad that I did.
Do you stay current with political events or do you find it too depressing and exhausting? Or do you find it energizing?
Can you stay in your fictional world while outrageous and addictive news is unfolding?
How do you cope?