Here is the list of what I’m planning on reading and reviewing this week! One thing I love about my list this week is that I’ve never read anything from these authors. Have a great week and happy reading!
The Runaway, by Claire Wong
Publication: Lion Hudson PLC; February 17, 2017
About the book:
“Legends start with a kernel of truth and mine will begin here…”
Every teenager has thought of running away from home…or threatened to. What happens when one finally does?
At almost eighteen, Rhiannon Morgan’s life in a quiet welsh village is anything but serene. When another argument between her and her guardian, Diana, finally pushes her over the edge, Rhiannon does the one thing we all have considered. She runs away.
Reaching Dyrys wood, hurt drives her not to return. The woods will now be her home. But how will she survive? Struggling in isolation against harsh conditions, Rhiannon’s imagination takes flight. She dwells in a world of stories – stories that Maebh, the village storyteller, has been telling Rhiannon since the death of her mother.
Back in the small welsh village the fragile balance of community life begins to crack under the strain of Rhiannon’s disappearance. A dark truth, suppressed for a generation, starts to surface. And Maebh’s stories begin to seem less and less like folklore and more like a history retold…
Told with a gentle and sensitive touch, this beautiful novel is about the power of stories; about fitting in and wanting to be wanted. A must read for any storylover.
The Good Enough Mother, by Anoushka Beazley
Publication: Larchwood Press; July 9, 2016
About the book:
Gatlin – a leafy, affluent town: Chelsea tractors and ladies who lunch. However, all is not as it seems. Drea, a most unnatural mother, struggles to find private school fees for her step-daughter Ava after her boyfriend leaves her for another woman. Watching the yummy mummies she becomes inspired, hatching a daring and criminal plan…unleashing all hell in the quiet town of Gatlin. Can Drea survive the fallout and the wrath of the PTA? A satirical and hilarious black comedy about love, motherhood and the human condition.
The Idea of You, by Amanda Prowse
Publication: Lake Union Publishing; March 21, 2017
About the book:
With her fortieth birthday approaching, Lucy Carpenter dares to hope that she finally has it all: a wonderful new husband, Jonah, a successful career and the chance of a precious baby of her own. Life couldn’t be more perfect.
But the reality of becoming parents proves much harder than Lucy and Jonah imagined. Jonah’s love and support is unquestioning, but as Lucy struggles with work and her own failing dreams, the strain on their marriage increases. Suddenly it feels like Lucy is close to losing everything…
Heart-wrenching and poignant, this latest work by bestselling author Amanda Prowse asks the question: what does it mean to be a mother in today’s hectic world? And what if it’s asking too much to want it all?
Who You Think I Am, by Camille Laurens
Publication: Other Press; March 28, 2017
About the book: This is the story of Claire Millecam, a 48-year-old teacher and divorcee, who creates a fake social media profile to try to keep tabs on Jo, her occasional, elusive, and inconstant lover. Under the false identity of Claire Antunes, a young and beautiful 24-year-old, she starts a correspondence with Chris–pseudonym KissChris–which soon turns into an Internet love affair.
WHO YOU THINK I AM is a true novel of our times that brilliantly exposes the disconnect between desire and fantasy. Social media allows us to put ourselves on display, to indulge in secrets, but above all it allows us to lie, to recreate a life, to become our own fiction–a mixture of sentimental naivety and manipulative perversity which echoes the libertine novels of the 18th century.
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley,
by Hannah Tinti
Publication: The Dial Press; March 28, 2017
About the book:
Samuel Hawley isn’t like the other fathers in Olympus, Massachusetts. A loner who spent years living on the run, he raised his beloved daughter, Loo, on the road, moving from motel to motel, always watching his back. Now that Loo’s a teenager, Hawley wants only to give her a normal life. In his late wife’s hometown, he finds work as a fisherman, while Loo struggles to fit in at the local high school.
Growing more and more curious about the mother she never knew, Loo begins to investigate. Soon, everywhere she turns, she encounters the mysteries of her parents’ lives before she was born. This hidden past is made all the more real by the twelve scars her father carries on his body. Each scar is from a bullet Hawley took over the course of his criminal career. Each is a memory: of another place on the map, another thrilling close call, another moment of love lost and found. As Loo uncovers a history that’s darker than she could have known, the demons of her father’s past spill over into the present—and together both Hawley and Loo must face a reckoning yet to come.