Sample Saturday – a suitcase, a ship and short stories


Sample Saturday is when I wade through the eleventy billion samples I have downloaded on my Kindle. I’m slowly chipping away and deciding whether it’s buy or bye.

The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams

Why I have it: Probably because of A Hundred Summers (…which I haven’t read yet either…).

Summary: Manhattan, 1964 and Vivian Schuyler defies her privileged upbringing and gets a job at with magazine. Berlin, 1914 and Violet Schuyler Grant, a scientist, is trying to escape a controlling husband. Violet’s secrets end up in a suitcase. The suitcase is delivered decades latter to Vivian.

I’m thinking: Yes, for the opening page alone (you’ll have to read it for yourself).

Dead Wake by Erik Larson

Why I have it: No idea.

Summary: Story of the sinking of the Lusitania, a luxury ocean liner, during WWI.

I’m thinking: Yes. War stories and books about boats may not be my usual gear but this reads well.

What’s Important is Feeling by Adam Wilson

Why I have it: Because Flatscreen was good.

Summary: ‘Contemporary coming-of-age’ short stories – there’s Young Elvis versus Vegas Elvis, dancing with a mop, lobsters and besties.

I’m thinking: It’ll go on my list for when I next feel like short stories.

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