This month we’re both writing about first novels which we enjoyed reading recently.
Liz…Has a book landed in your lap and the stars aligned for it to be just what you were ready to read. This happened to me when I picked up a copy of Laura McBride’s book We Are Called to Rise, the title coming from the poem by Emily Dickinson. When I should have been attending to other matters my head was stuck in this novel turning page after page until I finished it.
The book’s focus is on the seemingly randomless of how lives can change in an instant for good or ill. The location is Las Vegas in the first decade of the 21st century. A middle-aged woman whose marriage is on the rocks, an eight-year old Albanian immigrant, a young soldier returned from Iraq with PTSD and a child defense advocate each take turns to narrate their stories which culminate as their lives intersect. Each must rise to deal with what life has dealt them.
This novel has a thoughtful well-told narrative which I really liked.
Mike…The Keeper of Lost Things was the debut novel by Ruth Hogan, published during 2017. I read it on the recommendation of a couple of friends and glad that I did as it was one of the best books that I read last year.
It’s rare that a book makes me laugh out loud or shed a tear or two but surprisingly this one did both. The story started rather intriguingly and thankfully finished with no loose ends. It switches between present and past, and is set in London and Brighton. There are some colourful characters including Bomber and Sunshine.
Her next book The Particular Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes is published in May which I hope will be as enjoyable as this one was.
Happy reading, and have a good Easter!