Thursday, 12 September 2013
the writer's edition: month 6 check-in
Look, who knows where this will go, but if I don't try I will never know. It's unlikely that it will happen overnight and, with my own family responsibilities, I don't even know whether I will make my own deadline. It's hard to make plans with young children and achieve what I want to professionally without any kind of childcare for Jono. He doesn't start kinder til next year and even then it's only a few hours a week. There's plenty of time for writing yet, my kids being young will be over in the blink of an eye. And that's what I'm going to savour - writing when I can, enjoying what I have here at home. Life's too short to be superwoman!
Now, for the book recommendations:
Green Vanilla Tea - Marie William's husband is in his early forties when his personality changes immeasurably. It takes a couple of years for him to be diagnosed with early onset dementia and motor neurone disease - a heartbreaking story, but a lovely read about an incredible, international cohort of friends and relatives who unite behind this family of four.
Far to Go - Alison Pick's Man Booker Prize finalist historical fiction novel tells the compelling story of the Bauer family's experiences as the Nazis sweep into Czechoslovakia. It's a very interesting book and has a twist that at first slightly almost irritated me, but as I accustomed to the mechanics of the tale, I settled back down and enjoyed the story. I'd be very interested to hear from you if you've read this book - I found I just had to keep reading, each paragraph lead so well into the next, a brilliant find!
Simply from Scratch - This is a very easily read novel from Alicia Bessette. Rose-Ellen Carmichael Roy's husband has died in a post-Hurricane Katrina relief mission in New Orleans. Despite the subject matter, there is a lightness and warmth to the writing - I enjoyed seeing new friendships develop and existing relationships at work. I look forward to hearing more from Alicia Bessette.
I've just picked up another huge haul from the library, so hope to add to these recommendations as time goes on. What have you read lately? What should I reserve next?