The title behind the new ABC TV Show Suburgatory excoriates - through satirical local news "stories" - the mostly upper-middle-class American pieties and parenting obsessions that surround raising the perfect child amid the anxiety of an America in decline.
What made the experience of listening to Suburgatory the most enjoyable?
It is not what I expected. I read it because I so enjoyed the television series. And of course, it is VERY different from the series. However, they are both absolutely wonderful. Just two very different ways of telling these stories.
What did you like best about this story?
I grew up in a very different, less affluent, West Coast suburb. And yet I could see glimpses of things I knew, and far more enjoyed laughing at the things that differed greatly from my own experience. I could see people I knew in this, if only they'd had more money and a superficial education.
What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?
She has the perfect voice for these stories. I actually thought she was the same person who read another book I recently listened to about a female reporter living in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Turns out it was a different reader. I wonder if they know each other? Their voices and intonations are very similar.
Any additional comments?
"A true war story is never moral. It does not instruct, nor encourage virtue, nor suggest models of proper human behavior, nor restrain men from the doing the things that men have always done. If a story seems moral, do believe it. If at the end of a war story you feel uplifted, or if you feel that some small bit of rectitude has been salvaged from the larger waste, then you have been made the victim of a very old lie. There is no rectitude whatsoever. There is no virtue. As a first rule of thumb, therefore, you can tell a true war story by its uncompromising allegiance to obscenity and evil... If you don't care for obscenity, you don't care for the truth; if you don't care for the truth, watch how you vote. Send guys to war, they come home talking dirty."
-Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried