We saw the last of the 2017 movies on our list, ELLE, yesterday. It was not an easy movie to watch. However, Isabelle Huppert gives the best female performance I saw this year. She is fearless in playing a women who's raped and reacts surprisingly to it. And her rape is not the worst thing she has had to face. I am sure she will not win the Oscar but she deserves it. I have seen many of her films over the years and she has never failed to knock me out. It's too bad that American actresses in their sixties don't get this sort of material to work with. If you look at her last dozen movies and compare them to Meryl Streep's, you will see the difference. Hppert is still playing complex, sexy, strong women. Meryl just gets to play for laughs. Too bad.
Read a book by a forgotten writer whose work you have never read before.
Coming February 2018
HUNGER, Roxane Gay THE MARSH KING'S DAUGHTER, Karen Dionne LOVING DAY, Mat Johnson THE SECRETS SHE KEEPS, Michael Robotham HILLBILLY ELEGY, J.D. Vance SUNBURN, Laura Lippman THE SISTERS CHASE, Sarah Healy IN A LONELY PLACE, Dorothy L Hughes UNDER THE HARROW, Flynn Berry MORNINGSTAR, Ann Hood THE RED NOTEBOOK, Antoine Laurain A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW, Amor Towles LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE, Celeste Ng LILLIAN BOXFISH TAKES A WALK, Kathleen Mooney THE BEAUTIFUL MYSTERY, Louise Penney
Patricia Abbott is the author of more than 125 stories that have appeared online, in print journals and in various anthologies. She is the author of two print novels CONCRETE ANGEL (2015) and SHOT IN DETROIT (2016)(Polis Books). CONCRETE ANGEL was nominated for an Anthony and Macavity Award in 2016. SHOT IN DETROIT was nominated for an Edgar Award and an Anthony Award in 2017. A collection of her stories I BRING SORROW AND OTHER STORIES OF TRANSGRESSION will appear in 2018.