This month, I’m beginning with The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook (review to come but know that I loved this book).
I usually have two or three books on the go at any one time. While reading The Aftermath, I was also reading Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.
Little Fires Everywhere focuses on Mia and her daughter Pearl, which links directly to Angela Savage’s new novel, Mother of Pearl (feeling quite pleased with this link!).
Without spoilers, the themes around babies, their parents and their heritage link both Little Fires Everywhere and Mother of Pearl to the book that I am currently engrossed in – A Perfect Explanation by Eleanor Anstruther. It is both heartbreaking and absolutely bananas – a stunning debut.
The central character in A Perfect Explanation suffers from post-natal depression, as does a character in Anna Hope’s latest release, Expectation.
I started reading Expectation despite having an ARC of Hope’s The Ballroom still in my TBR stack…!
The Ballroom is set in an asylum, as is Sara Stridsberg’s beautifully written story, The Gravity of Love (and for bonus points, the covers are similar as well).
My chain has focused very much on mothering. If by some chance you’ve read the first three books I’ve selected, you’ll know that they link very, very closely indeed.
Where will other chains go? Link up below or post your link in the comments section.
Next month (September 7, 2019), we’ll begin with A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.