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 Lives of Women by Christine Dwyer Hickey
Why I have it: Read a review on A Life in Books.
Summary: The lives of a group of average (but relatively isolated) suburban women are rocked when an American divorcee and her daughter move in.
I’m thinking: Yes, ace opening chapter.
Alice in Bed by Judith Hooper
Why I have it: On Catherine’s Books of 2015 list.
Summary: Letter-writing between the Jameses (Alice James and her brother William). Plus an afterword,“What was Wrong with Alice?,” an analysis of the varied psychological ills of the James family and Alice’s own medical history.
I’m thinking: Yes (because Henry James).
A Manual for Cleaning Women by Lucia Berlin
Why I have it: Because it rated highly in 2015.
Summary: 43 short stories.
I’m thinking: No. Only one story in the sample (the rest was intro notes) and it didn’t grab me.