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.
Run by Ann Patchett
Why I have it: Because Commonwealth.
Summary: The lives of two very different families over the course of one day.
I’m thinking: Yes, I think this will be my next Patchett.
Paradise Lodge by Nina Stibbe
Why I have it: Because Love, Nina.
Summary: Fifteen-year-old Lizzie finds herself working in an old people’s home in Leicestershire in the 1970s. There’s a lot to be learnt at Paradise Lodge and from its residents.
I’m thinking: Maybe – I like Stibbe’s straightforward style but I’ll read Man at the Helm first, given that it’s in the TBR stack.
52 Blue by Leslie Jamison
Why I have it: Because The Empathy Exams.
Summary: A story about being alone: the voice of a whale, singing at an unusual frequency is recorded at a remote military base in the Pacific Northwest. The whale can’t communicate with other whales. Thousands of miles away, a sudden illness plunges a 48-year-old woman into a coma. She wakes up, barely able to speak, adrift in the world.
I’m thinking: Yes – odd and quite lovely.
I will definitely be adding Run to my TBR! I absolutely loved Commonwealth and want to read all of Patchett’s works now.
I love the premise of Run!
I’m not so sure about 52 Blue – I would be so worried for the poor whale!!
Run does look very interesting, and if it is only half as good as Commonwealth, it will still be worth reading.
I’ve not read any of Stibbe’s fiction, apart from the few stories that were in An Almost Perfect Christmas, but I did love Love, Nina.
I loved Commonwealth but wasn’t big on Bel Canto, so I’ve been unsure about picking up more from Patchett. I’ll eagerly await your ratings!
I really like fiction set over a constrained time (a few hours/a day) so the Patchett is a definite yes – but it would be anyway tbh, Patchett is great 🙂
I love Ann Patchett’s writing but haven’t read RUN. I should.
I think Run is possibly better than Commonwealth, which didn’t quite live up to its promise for me.