Sample Saturday – two New York stories and a sudden death

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. This week, all three books are titles from my ‘I’m waiting for…’ list.

Neon in Daylight by Hermione Hoby

Summary: British Kate arrives in NYC to ‘apartment-sit’ while she tries to figure out her future. She has two unfortunate responsibilities during her time in America: to make regular Skype calls to her miserable boyfriend back home, and to cat-sit an indifferent feline. The city has other plans for her.

I’m thinking: Yes – I’m a sucker for a New York story.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

Summary: Our narrator should be happy – she’s young, thin, pretty, a recent graduate, works an easy job at a hip art gallery, lives comfortably on her inheritance. But there is a dark cloud over her life that forces her into hibernation.

I’m thinking: Yes – instantly sucked in.

Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan

Summary: Ren receives news of his sister Keiko’s sudden and violent death. He travels to her town to conclude her affairs but soon finds himself picking up where Keiko left off, accepting both her teaching position and a bizarre arrangement for free lodging. As he comes to know the people of the town, he begins to piece together what happened the night of Keiko’s death.

I’m thinking: Maybe – writing style is a little odd (not in a bad way) but opening chapter is intriguing.

9 responses

  1. I’m also a sucker for a New York story but I think you know that already! The Moshfegh has been all over my Twitter timeline recently which always makes my hype antennae quiver but I trust your judgement.

  2. I love a good NYC story! I’m adding the Hoby to my TBR.

    I tried Rest amd DNFed it at 50%. I simply could not go on. Moshfegh has a unique style, but my sense from this book and Eileen is that being provocative is her driving force and Rest is definitely that. It was provocative, but not interesting to me. I will be very curious to see your thoughts if you read it because I wonder if it is a generational thing (I’m old).

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