The Wives of Los Alamos by Tarashea Nesbit
Why I have it: It was on Rory’s ‘Missed it in 2014‘ list.
Summary: Military wives holding fort in New Mexico while their husbands secretly invent the atomic bomb.
I’m thinking: Yes. It’s the kind of writing I like – perceptive and sparse.
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
Why I have it: Because it appeared frequently on ‘Best Books of 2014‘ lists.
Summary: When Helen Macdonald’s father died suddenly she took up falconry. As you do.
I’m thinking: Have I mentioned my bird phobia? Particularly birds near my head (such as falconry displays)? So although it will be tough reading, it’s a yes, because the writing is just lovely –
“…maybe you’ve glanced out of the window and seen there, on the lawn, a bloody great hawk murdering a pigeon, or a blackbird…and it looks the hugest, most impressive piece of wildness you’ve ever seen, like someone’s tipped a snow leopard into your kitchen and you find it eating the cat.”
The Fever by Megan Abbott
Why I have it: No idea.
Summary: A small-town high school becomes the breeding ground for a mysterious illness.
I’m thinking: The Crucible meets Sweet Valley High? Probably not (although the opening chapters were a great hook).
Interestingly, thoughts on my samples last week suggested I keep reading the two books that I was less inclined toward. So, what are your thoughts this week? Read any of these?