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.
Madame Bovary of the Suburbs by Sophie Divry
Why I have it: Enjoyed Susan’s review.
Summary: Modern retelling of Madame Bovary featuring adultery, charity work, esotericism, manic house-cleaning, motherhood and various hobbies.
I’m thinking: Yes – it’s different enough from the original to be original.
The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffe
Why I have it: Because I loved My Salinger Year and they’re kind of similar.
Summary: The story of five young employees of a New York publishing company in the late 1950s.
I’m thinking: Yes (completely won over by Jaffe’s introduction to the 2005 ‘Modern Classic’ edition).
A Field Guide to the North American Family by Garth Risk Hallberg
Why I have it: I think it has been recently re-released, so I’ve spotted it on a few blogs.
Summary: A portrait of two neighbouring families. Part fiction, part reference work, part photo-essay, readers are invited to consider the state of the family (via a website).
I’m thinking: Yes (I’m curious about the format).