Monday, March 28, 2011

Reader's Diary #697- Poppy Z. Brite: Marisol

Whereas Timothy Taylor's Stanley Park promised but didn't deliver to be both a tribute to the famed Vancouver park and a gift for foodies, Poppy Z. Brite's "Marisol" is a wonderful tribute to New Orleans and foodies' mouths will be watering.

I'd not heard of Poppy Z. Brite until I went looking for New Orleans authors, but since tracking him and this week's story down, I've seen his name everywhere-- including writing blurbs on a couple of books I've recently purchased.

I loved "Marisol" but I'm not sure if my excitement about visiting the city didn't bias me. Hopefully by the time this post is published (it's a pre-written post), I'll have seen many of the locales mention in Brite's story and tried some of those amazing sounding dishes.

But I think I'd have enjoyed it anyway. The characters are unique, the premise is fun, and where the story ends up? I won't ruin it, but I love stories with honest-to-God conclusions.

I'll be looking for more Poppy Z. Brite stories for sure. Hopefully his retirement will be short lived.

(Did you write a post for Short Story Monday? If so, please leave a link in the comments below.)


Anonymous said...

I haven't read anything by Poppy Z. Brite, but it sounds like I should. Hope you enjoyed New Orleans.

Em said...

I agree with you, the connection with a place often enhances the reading experience.

I moved to Ontario this week.…by-alice-munro/

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Miriam said...

I'm sure it's just a typo since the picture is right, but Poppy Z Brite is a woman! But I agree that her books are fun, full of food, and perfect reading if you are in New Orleans.

I don't entirely agree with you on Stanley Park. I ended up reading the book twice (2nd time because it was a book club pick), and was much more convinced by the food 'stuff' the 2nd time. I can't comment on Stanley Park itself, because I've only been there once as a tourist, so I'm sure that doesn't count.

Teddy Rose said...

Looks like it's worth a read. I downloaded it to my Kobo.

I read The Widest Heart by Malka Drucker:
(another great story you sent me to read).

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I want to read this for the author's name alone!

Jake said...

Love your short story Monday!

But on the topic of longer stories... (nervously clears throat)... I'm a Toronto-based writer who has a book coming out tomorrow! It's called Hanlan's Point and each copy is made by hand - head over to to learn more!

John Mutford said...

Miriam: Actually, if Wikipedia is to be believed, Brite is undergoing gender reassignment surgery and now identifies as a male, so I've used those pronouns accordingly.

Miriam said...

Well blow me down. My mistake. Thanks for replying to my post.