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.
Eleven Hours by Pamela Erens
Why I have it: Spotted on A Life in Books.
Summary: Two soon-to-be mothers who, in the midst of a difficult labor, are forced to face their pasts and re-create their futures.
I’m thinking: Yes, it’s different.
Why I have it: I mentioned Heartburn this week and realised I haven’t read enough Ephron.
Summary: Essays about ageing, hair dye, handbags and treadmills.
I’m thinking: Yes, for lines like this – “Evening bags, for reasons that are obscure unless you’re a Marxist, cost even more than regular bags.”
The Butcher’s Hook by Janet Ellis
Why I have it: No idea.
Summary: Anne Jaccob is coming of age in late eighteenth-century London. She’s taken advantage of by her a friend of her father’s; is set to marry a horrid snob; and begins a romance with the butcher’s boy. She’s cunning, bored and a little unhinged.
I’m thinking: Yes, it’s dark and intoxicating.