Check-list for the beginning of June: send off rent cheque: er… not check; order books online: CHECK!! No, I haven’t lost my mind: this is just the way priorities are sorted in Flo-land.
I am in need of something new to read and, as usual, am not satisfied with anything I may already have on my bookshelves. The itch to buy new books is not something I have either the inclination or the discipline to resist; accordingly, I spent most of yesterday and today browsing catalogues and book blogs in search of ideas, and jotting down titles in the little notebook I keep especially for that purpose. A big thank you to the many people who inspired me!
I eventually managed to whittle down the myriad choices to an affordable list. Here is what I finally bought and will be reading this month:
– The Story of a Marriage, by Andrew Sean Greer (2008). This one was recommended to me by my godmother. It tells the story of an African-American couple living in San Francisco in the 1950s, and the crisis in their marriage when a man appears on their doorstep one morning and reveals to Pearlie that he was her husband’s lover during the war.
– The Four Seasons, by Laurel Corona (2008). I discovered this one by chance, when looking up novels centred around great musicians. In eighteenth-century Venice, two sisters are abandoned on the steps of the Ospedale della Pieta, where their fates will become entwined with that of Antonio Vivaldi.
– The Peacock Spring, by Rumer Godden (1975). Listen to the Nightingale was one of my favourite books when I was a child, and then a few years ago I read The Greengage Summer, which I also really enjoyed, so I’m looking forward to reading another Rumer Godden novel. This one is set at the end of the British Empire and is about two English sisters who are sent to India to live with their father and his new fiancée.
– What Maisie Knew, by Henry James (1897). This one is required reading for my PhD. My experience of James’s writing so far has not been such as to make me particularly enthusiastic, but I’m hoping I’ll eventually come across something I like.
– Madam, Will You Talk? by Mary Stewart (1954). I came across this title on Rochester Reader and was intrigued by the beautiful bookcover as much as by the plot. Set in Provence, it tells the story of a young widow, who is on holiday with a friend, and the mystery surrounding some of the other guests staying at their hotel.