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. Of course, it’s all academic this year because of my self-imposed book-buying-ban (but I’ll keep a good record of what to buy on January 1, 2017).
The Past by Tessa Hadley
Why I have it: Because I liked what Claire Fuller (of Our Endless Numbered Days fame) had to say about it.
Summary: Siblings meet up in their grandparents’ old house for three long, hot summer weeks. It’s tense.
I’m thinking: Maybe (but will I feel like I’m eavesdropping on a family tiff…?).
Aquarium by David Vann
Why I have it: Ditto above.
Summary: Each day, twelve-year-old Caitlin visits the local aquarium after school, while waiting for her mother to pick her up. She befriends an old man at the tanks and also uncovers a family secret. Everything changes.
I’m thinking: Yes, I already love Caitlin.
Beside the Sea by Veronique Olmi
Why I have it: Ditto above above.
Summary: A single mother takes her two young sons on a trip to the seaside. She knows that it will be the last trip for her boys.
I’m thinking: Yes but I know it’s going to make me cry. A lot.