Sample Saturday – a serpent, a Traveller, and a prostitute

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 Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Why I have it: Prize shortlists and that cover…

Summary: An Essex village in the 1890’s; two people fall for each other, but not in the usual way; a mythical serpent ‘returns’ to the town marshes.

I’m thinking: Yes, a ripping start.

All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan

Why I have it: No idea.

Summary: Melody Shee is 33, pregnant and alone. The father of her baby is 17 and a Traveller. Melody’s husband doesn’t take the news well.

I’m thinking: Yes, I love the writing style.

Sarah by J.T. LeRoy

Why I have it: Because of this article.

Summary: Sarah is a prostitute working the West Virginia truck stops. Her son, who’s desperate to win her attention, recreates himself as ‘Cherry Vanilla’ and begins a journey around America.

I’m thinking: No.

6 responses

  1. I remember all the JT Leroy furore – it never really appealed to me.

    The Donal Ryan looks great, I’ll look out for it.

    I think I’m the only blogger in the world who didn’t like The Essex Serpent, so don’t listen to me 😉 Lovely cover though!

  2. I borrowed The Essex Serpent from the library – but took it back without finishing it as I didn’t take t it, so I’ll look out for your review if you do read it.

  3. The Essex Serpent is high on my list of best books read so far this year. I loved all of the characters, the historical premise for the book, and the way Perry uses the landscape as a character. I hope that you read it.

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