Sample Saturday – short stories, couples, and 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.

Pure Hollywood by Christine Schutt

Why I have it: Spotted on this ‘best of’ list.

Summary: Short stories about private worlds (the sample story was about an alcoholic widowed actress living in desert seclusion).

I’m thinking: No, didn’t grab me.

Ordinary People by Diana Evans

Why I have it: Because it has a playlist.

Summary: South London, 2008. Two couples find themselves at a moment of reckoning, initiated by a birth and a death.

I’m thinking: Yes – the opening party scene is spectacular.

The End by Bianca Nogrady

Why I have it: Spotted in Sue’s #6degrees chain.

Summary: Exploration of death from the perspective of those who have witnessed it, those who face it, and those who have somehow stepped back from it.

I’m thinking: Yes, relevant to my volunteer work in palliative care.

6 responses

    • I write biographies for people in palliative care (I interview them, transcribe the interviews and then organise it into a book). It’s just one of the many services the palliative care program in my area offers but I think it’s important because there is a lot of healing (emotional) to be done in talking and being listened to.

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