The Best Way Not to Ruin Somebody Else’s Best Chapter

Who Ruined Whose Best Chapter? And Which Brother Is Now the Vegan?

My younger son read a book — let’s just call it A Good Book for our purposes –and then encouraged my older son to read it.

My older son began the book and was reading it at his own pace. This got my younger son mad. He wanted him to read it faster. He told him that when one of his friends read it, “He was so excited that he even texted me when T*** died.”

“You idiot!” my older son said. “You just ruined the book for me! I can’t believe you did that!”

Did you ever ruin anyone’s best chapter? I ruined V.S. Naipaul’s Guerrillas for a friend. I didn’t mean to. I just mentioned how sad it was when *** did ***.

This post is an allegory — meaning it’s designed to teach us something else. And that something is this: We don’t know how anyone else’s chapter is going to unfold. We don’t know how and when it should unfold. Not in real life and not in the book they are reading.

Did you ever do this–and with what book? Did you ever have someone do this to you?

Reminder: Last day to win Liz Jansen’s book, Women, Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment. Check out her interview on transformation on my blog post here and enter the giveaway!

Also, if you don’t like coffee, then don’t enter the free Starbucks Coffee Giveway on my blog post here. But if you do, then here’s your chance.


About dianabletter

Diana Bletter is the author of several books, including The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker), shortlisted for a National Jewish Book Award. Her novel, A Remarkable Kindness, (HarperCollins) was published in 2015. She is the First Prize Winner of Moment Magazine's 2019 Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, Glamour, The Forward, The North American Review, Times of Israel, and is a reporter for Israel21C, and many other publications. She is author of Big Up Yourself: It's About Time You Like Being You and The Mom Who Took off On Her Motorcycle, a memoir of her 10,000-mile motorcycle trip to Alaska and back to New York. She lives in a small beach village in Western Galilee, Israel, with her husband and family. She is a member of the local hevra kadisha, the burial circle, and a Muslim-Jewish-Christian-Druze women's group in the nearby town of Akko. And, she likes snowboarding and climbing trees.
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