All of my reading at the moment centres around my mini challenge of reading the Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist!
The WWW Wednesday challenge is hosted at Taking on a World of Words, and very simply involves answering three questions about your reading.
What are you currently reading?
How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House – Cherie Jones
Synopsis: In Baxter’s Beach, Barbados, Lala’s grandmother Wilma tells the story of the one-armed sister, a cautionary tale about what happens to girls who disobey their mothers. For Wilma, it’s the story of a wilful adventurer, who ignores the warnings of those around her, and suffers as a result. When Lala grows up, she sees it offers hope.
I have only read the first chapter of this book so far, but it was absolutely explosive and I’m looking forward to the rest. This is a multi-generational story (which I love), set in Barbados, a sense of place that’s already overwhelmingly present.
What have you recently finished?
Unsettled Ground – Claire Fuller
Synopsis: Twins Jeanie and Julius have always been different from other people. At 51 years old, they still live with their mother, Dot, in rural isolation and poverty. But when Dot dies suddenly, threats to their livelihood start raining down. Jeanie and Julius would do anything to preserve their small sanctuary against the perils of the outside world, even as their mother’s secrets begin to unravel, putting everything they thought they knew about their lives at stake.
I reviewed this book the other day, so I won’t go on about it too much, but it was a good read, with lots of lyrical prose and characters and circumstances that felt very real.
What are you going to read next?
No One is Talking About This – Patricia Lockwood
Synopsis: A woman known for her viral social media posts travels the world speaking to her adoring fans, her entire existence overwhelmed by the internet – or what she terms ‘the portal’. Suddenly, two texts from her mother pierce the fray: ‘Something has gone wrong,’ and ‘How soon can you get here?’
As I said, it’s all about the Women’s Fiction Prize right now! This is the last of the shortlist on my TBR and I’m planning to read it next week! I don’t read a lot of ‘social media’ stories so I’m intrigued about this.
Have you read any of these books? What are you reading at the moment?