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.
A Year of Marvellous Ways by Sarah Winman
Summary: Marvellous Ways is a ninety-year-old woman who’s waiting for something – she’s not sure what, but she’ll know it when she sees it.
I’m thinking: Yes. Might even activate the first of only-six-book-acquisitions-for-2016.
Small Acts of Disappearance by Fiona Wright
Why I have it: Because it’s one of the ones on the Stella longlist that I’m busting to read.
Summary: Essays describing the author’s affliction with an eating disorder at different stages of her life. It begins –
“I’ll always remember the particular intensity that malnutrition brings on, I know that I still miss it.”
I’m thinking: Yes. Grim but interesting.
The Diving Pool by Yoko Ogawa
Why I have it: Recommended by Madame Bibi Lophile.
Summary: Three novellas – a teenage girl falls in love with her foster brother as she watches him dive; a young woman records the daily moods of her pregnant sister; and a woman nostalgically visits her old college dormitory, run by a mysterious triple amputee with one leg.
I’m thinking: Yes (taking Madame’s word on it).