Monday, January 31, 2011

The Good Daughters (Joyce Maynard)

I actually accidentally purchased this on my kindle. I intended to download a sample and instead but the whole thing. Don't regret it at all.

I really enjoyed this book, though admittedly it took a bit to get into it. And while I picked up on the foreshadowing, I definitely didn't call the ending, though I did find it a bit unbelievable. It's a great saga of the parallel and sometimes intersecting stories of two families.


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Nora, Nora (Anne Rivers Siddons)

Just a really great coming of age book, tinged with the southern charm that Siddons is so famous for. It's so interesting the sense of nostalgia we hold for that time and place, despite the horrid inequalities present.

Nora is a wonderful example of a person who drifts through life unattached. Normally I think of these people as unfulfilled, but I don't think she is. Troubled, yes, but I think she sees the world's beauty in a way that few people do. Certainty not me :)


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hill Towns (Anne Rivers Siddons)

So I'm a little suprised at how much I adored this book. It's not what I think of as "high fiction" which (I think is my own made up word, but might be real. Who knows).

Anyway, I am becoming quite taken with the south, despite the fact that I abhor its politics and don't ever really want to live there. Books about the south have cropped up several times for me this year.

This book is more about Southerners than the south. I loved the main character, and in a rare turn of events was really rooting for her to have an affair. You'll have to read it to find out if she did.