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 ones I’m seeing everywhere – thought I’d try a sample rather than simply succumbing to the hype.
The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
Summary: A woman inherits her best friend’s dog. As well as her own grief over the loss of her friend, the dog is pining. How do they cope?
I’m thinking: Yes, loved the writing from the first page.
French Exit by Patrick deWitt
Summary: Beset by scandal and impending bankruptcy, New York socialite Frances and her adult son, Malcolm, decide to cut their losses and head for the exit (Paris).
I’m thinking: Yes, won over by this line – “She’d had two too many drinks and there was nothing in her stomach but a viscous pâté” – we’ve all been there.
Motherhood by Sheila Heti
Summary: Woman considers the pros and cons of becoming a mother.
I’m thinking: No. I’m well past navel-gazing about motherhood.