Weekly Reader: I Smile Back, Amy Koppelman


A few years ago Sarah Weinman thought she was going to have a career in science, possibly of the forensic variety. But then she launched the crime and mystery fiction blog Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind as a way of procrastinating on her master’s thesis, and it literally changed her life’s path.

We can respect that.

We also respect her opinions on books across all genres, so much so that we’ve asked Weinman to recommend a new one for you to check out each Wednesday. (It’s amazing that she finds the time. The woman read 462 books last year.)

Learn more about her latest pick after the jump, and let us know in the comments area what you thought if you’ve already read it.

I Smile Back, Amy Koppelman Laney may be a housewife, but the placid surface one expects to see cracks deep to reveal dark impulses with horrendous potential consequences. She takes what she wants, does what she pleases, and seeks gratification at all costs — all to fill the empty spaces of her mind and her soul. That it will end badly is a given, but how Koppelman shows Laney’s journey of self-destruction with sentence after sentence of 24-carat quality is why I Smile Back is such a disturbing reading experience — but also a rewarding one.

– Sarah Weinman