What We Are Reading
Home Is the Road by Diane Glancy
When you think of someone taking a road trip you do not imagine a women her late seventies, driving alone across the Midwest and West. That is the framework Diane Glancy uses for her book Home Is the Road. She feels at home on the road, has since her childhood, when her first car trip was to her grandparent’s farm. She drives from her home in Kansas to her son in Texas to her teaching position in California by way of New Mexico. She keeps to her mobile cocoon except to stop for gasoline and food. She sleeps in her car at rest stops, among the long-haul truckers, arriving after…
Fresh Water For Flowers – Valérie Perrin
I grew up holidaying in France and my father speaks fluent French yet somehow my grasp of the French language is not good. What did stay with me is a love for the 'feel' of spoken French. The cadence, the passion, the beauty. Fresh Water For Flowers was originally written in French and was a huge bestseller in France. Its translation has taken the literary world by storm. The book has an essential French feel about it that goes beyond its settling. The turn of phrase, the style, and the feel of the book are quintessentially French and I loved it. I could not put this book down. I have a busy life…
What We Are Reading – Horse
Based on the remarkable true story of Lexington, a record-breaking racehorse, Horse is not only the story of a racehorse and his owners but a tale of slavery and its effect down the generations to the present day. The story is led by three narratives, brought together by a painting of Lexington. The race training circuit in Kentucky in the 1850s, the New York art scene in the 1950s, and Washington DC in 2019. The novel is beautifully written with compelling characters, extensively researched history, and delivers a devastating end that is a stinging rebuke against slavery in America.
What We Are Reading – The Immortalists
With typical childhood curiosity, they track down the fortune-teller, and enter the woman’s apartment one-by-one. She gives them a precise date for their deaths, an experience the children find terrifying, the date never to be revealed to their friends. It also becomes a seminal moment that ends up shaping their entire lives.
What We Are Reading – The Dutch House
The Dutch House is a stunning novel written with Ann Patchett’s tightly woven prose. The book flirts with themes of fairy tales, wicked stepmothers, and orphaned children cheated of their inheritance, but at its heart, it is a book about a house and its enduring effect on everyone who ever lived in it.