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 are books that might be considered modern classics (although from very different periods).
Grand Days by Frank Moorhouse
Summary: The moral and sexual awakening of an idealistic young Australian woman working in the diplomatic corps in Europe in the aftermath of World War I.
I’m thinking: Maybe – I feel wary about men writing women’s ‘sexual awakenings’ – always has a sense of ‘ugh’ about it.
Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson
Summary: When an old schoolmate turns up at Arlene’s door asking questions about Jim Beverly, former quarterback and god of Possett High, Arlene’s decade-long break with her former hometown is forced to an end.
I’m thinking: Maybe (love the first line – ‘There are gods in Alabama: Jack Daniel’s, high school quarterbacks, trucks, big tits, and also Jesus.’).
Class Reunion by Rona Jaffe
Summary: a late-seventies university reunion story focused on a group of four friends.
I’m thinking: Yes. A trifecta – campus-lit; story about a group of friends; and almost eighties.