February is Short Book Month for me, meaning I'm only reading books whose spines are thinner than a 1/2 inch and have less than 200 pages. The purpose of this endeavor is to get me reading some novellas and other things that I tend to overlook in my to-be-read piles. So, I read my two Europas this month pretty quickly. They were
The Father and the Foreigner, by Giancarlo de Cataldo, is a crime novel about the father of a disabled child who befriends another father at his son's therapist's office. This other father, Walid, is a man of uncertain origins and professions, but the narrator and he bond over their shared challenges as parents. Walid also impresses him with his flamboyant lifestyle. However, things get murky and the narrator is drawn into a plot to ensnare Walid. I enjoyed this book and was very touched by the relationship between the two men, or the relationship that the narrator projected onto Walid. I liked the thriller aspect too.
Next month is either Irish Month or 2013 Releases Month, so we'll see.
FTC disclosure: I received Life Form for review.