The Compulsive Reader: Chasing Windmills by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Chasing Windmills by Catherine Ryan Hyde

The only thing Maria and Sebastian have in common are sleepless nights and dull, unhappy lives. But when they're eyes meet on the subway one evening, they form an instant connection. As their relationship deepens, they plot their escape to California, and to a brand new life. But despite their intense relationship and new love, both Maria and Sebastian have been keeping secrets, and when those secrets are thrown into the light during their escape, their love will suffer the blow.

Chasing Windmills is a compelling, insightful, and memorable book throughout. Sebastian and Maria are both intensely real characters and Hyde portrays them in such a manner—displaying their memories, motivations, wishes, and dreams—that readers can't help but fall for them. Hyde's use of imagery is exemplary, and her vivid scenes of bustling New York City to the wide expanses of California and its numerous windmills create a hopeful tone as Maria and Sebastian find themselves, learn how to stand alone, and trust each other. Their journey is heartbreaking, but gratifying, and ends realistically and hopefully. Chasing Windmills is another stand out novel.

Cover Comments: This is the paperback edition's cover art, and I like the slightly unusual coloring to this cover. I think the greenish tinge really works well with the image, and the woman in the photo represents the Maria I pictured in my head better than Chasing Windmill's hardcover art.


Alea said...

I agree about the cover. It just looks more real to me. I actually have this one coming up as a H vs. P!

Kate said...

The cover looks realy cool and the book sounds really good.

Michelle Fluttering Butterflies said...

I hadn't heard of Catherine Ryan Hyde until I read Pay It Forward last week, and now I'm finding her all over the place! How weird.

Amy said...

I could never get into this for some reason, but glad you liked it!