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 Mare by Mary Gaitskill
Why I have it: On the 2015 Best of Best list.
Summary: Forty-something Ginger, a recovering alcoholic, and her partner, Paul, host poor inner-city kids at their farm over summer. Eleven-year-old Velvet arrives and Ginger is besotted. Meanwhile, Velvet is besotted with the horses stabled near Ginger’s farm.
I’m thinking: Maybe – loved the voice of Velvet, wasn’t so enamored with Ginger.
Private Citizens by Tony Tulathimutte
Why I have it: Because Susan mentioned her “weakness for novels which follow a handful of young people from the time they first become acquainted through the first few years of adult life.” – I have the same weakness.
Summary: Four college friends, dealing with adult life. Described as ‘Middlemarch for Millennials’.
I’m thinking: Yes (although vaguely concerned that there will be a whole bunch of A Little Life books on the way…)
Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf
Why I have it: Just seems to be one of those books that bloggers have said consistently good things about.
Summary: Widower Addie asks her neighbour, Louis – also a widower – if he might be willing to spend nights with her, in her bed, so they can have someone to talk with.
I’m thinking: Yes. Loved it from the very first page.