Over the week of February Vacation, I read Vaclav & Lena by Haley Tanner. It's a beautiful fictional story about a little girl and boy growing up as Russian immigrants in Brooklyn, NY, and how their lives intertwine, disconnect, and re-tangle themselves. It's a little dark but severely compelling and romantic.
The backstory is lovely - Vaclav wants only to be a famous magician one day, with Lena his assistant, and the main goal a show on Coney Island.
"He sits there for a long time, feeling very sad for himself, although he is at the same time very happy to feel cozy inside of his jacket, and to drink the Dr Pepper from the can with a straw, and to look out the window at the people walking outside on the sidewalk, and even though this soda is almost one-half the cost of a possible trip to Coney Island to see the Sideshow, he thinks sometimes you know that it is a very long road to become a famous magician, and sometimes you have to spend your last dollar on buying a soda so that you have something to be grateful for that day, even if it lasts just one small piece of time." - one of my favorite pieces of Vaclav & Lena
What have you been reading lately?