My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This delightful story is not chick-lit; it’s real lit, as in literary; one of the most well-written books I’ve read in recent years. If this very human story doesn’t leave your eyes as misty as the redwood forests of Northern California where it’s set, then you have no heart. And this is coming from a cynical guy. And this is coming from a cynical guy.
Rather than pander to the “housewives” mentality of mass-market pulp, The Underside of Joy mines the rich depths of the human psyche, character, and emotions as a woman deals with death and the need to continue living for the sake of “her” children.
I especially like the inclusion of the Italian immigrants and their fate during WWII.