Light Years by James Salter is this week’s recommended book, suggested by freshman Jillian Roth. The story follows an average middle-class family throughout the years as marriage and childhood changes.
“It’s basically about how from a distance a family can look perfect, but when you go deeper into it, it just falls apart, it shadows,” Roth said.
Light Years focuses on how marriage falls apart because of age and infatuation dying out, Roth said. It also describes how their daughters grow up and leave childhood behind.
“I like it because it’s very realistic,” Roth said. “It’s honest but it doesn’t have to be sad. He has a lot of anecdotes and little passages that say so much and mean so much in many different ways.”
Roth suggests that everyone should read this book. Though she feels it may apply more to readers a bit older than college students, she thinks college students could gain a lot from reading.
“It’s just a really good book,” Roth said. “There’s a lot of life lessons you can learn from the book that I think are pretty valuable.”
Have you read Light Years? Let us know what you thought of it!