So like any avid reader, my TBR is a little out of control. I buy new books all the time. I am definitely an emotional reader, so I honestly never even know what I’m going to read next.
For today’s post I am going to feature some of the books that I have purchased most recently.
Rebellion, by Molly Patterson
A luminous cross-generational story that recalls the works of Jane Smiley and Isabel Allende, this sweeping debut novel tells the stories of four women who dare to challenge the boundaries of their circumscribed lives
It’s 1958, and Hazel’s peaceful world has been upended by the tragic death of her husband. It’s harvest time and with two small children and a farm to manage on her own, this young mother is determined to keep her land and family intact. As she grows closer to the neighboring Hughes family, she realizes the tradeoff for some freedoms is more precious than she expected.
In 1890, we see Hazel’s young mother, Louisa, recently married and relocated to Illinois to what will become her family’s farm. Life in the country is dictated by seasons, so too is Louisa ruled by her “weathers” of good and bad spells. What keeps her grounded is corresponding with her sister, Addie, a Christian missionary in China. The same adventurous spirit that brought Addie to China with her new husband now compels her to leave again. However, with the Boxer Rebellion underway, and violence erupting between Chinese and their unwelcome Christian intruders, Addie’s life takes a mysterious and haunting turn strongly felt by her sister, Louisa, back home.
At the end of the twentieth century, Juanlan returns to her parents’ home in Heng’an after college. With her father falling ill, a new highway being built, and her sister-in-law soon to give birth, Juanlan feels frozen in place, though everyone and everything seems to be rapidly changing. In the search for an outlet for the live wire, a little burning blue coil she feels buried inside, she starts up a love affair with a high-ranking government official.
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I bought this book with one of my remaining Literary Guild credits. I like that it is several different stories about women in different time periods. I imagine at some point all of the stories link together somehow. Historical fiction has always been one of my favorite genres.
To be honest I probably won’t get to this for a while; but it was something that I hadn’t heard of yet and I think the cover is really pretty too.
It seems like it will be a good book to curl up under a blanket with and read while drinking hot tea on a snowy night.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid
From Taylor Jenkins Reid comes an unforgettable and sweeping novel about one classic film actress’s relentless rise to the top—the risks she took, the loves she lost, and the long-held secrets the public could never imagine.
Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
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This was a book of the month selection for the month of June this year. I read the synopsis and it reminded me a little bit of Elizabeth Taylor. I’ve never really been interested in old Hollywood, or been much of a romantic so I chose something else for my selection; sadly, I cant even remember what I chose now.
So I passed on it in June, but since then I keep seeing people raving about it. The posts about it that have most caught my attention are from people who, like me, didn’t think that they would necessarily like it that much. I’ve decided to give it a whirl, again though, probably not anytime soon.
What are you all planning on reading this week?
Any recent book purchases?