Sample Saturday – introverts and debutantes

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.

Agatha by Anne Catherine Bomann

Why I have it: Spotted on Susan’s December releases list.

Summary: A psychiatrist, who leads a solitary life apart from his practice, is forced to confront his own fears of intimacy with the arrival of a new patient.

I’m thinking: Yes – I like the writing style.

Rules for Visiting by Jessica Francis Kane

Why I have it: I turned down an ARC and then it pops up on Readings ‘Best of 2019’ list… bugger.

Summary: At forty, May Attaway is more at home with plants than people but she decides to reconnect with four once close friends. A student of the classics, May considers her journey a female Odyssey. What might the world have had if, instead of waiting, Penelope had set out on an adventure of her own?

I’m thinking: Yes – and now I’m cranky I didn’t take the ARC.

The Season by Kristen Richardson

Why I have it: Saw it on this list.

Summary: Examination of the history of debutante ritual (from Henry VIII to International balls in New York) and our contemporary ideas about women and marriage.

The Protestant Reformation in sixteenth-century England and northern Europe ended the extremely convenient practice of cloistering unmarriageable girls in convents.

I’m thinking: No – interesting first chapter but I don’t need a whole book.

8 responses

  1. LOL I read a book called 1939 The Last Season (by Anne De Courcy) which was (I thought when I reviewed it) a way of teaching British history to people who were interested in debutantes, I read the history bits and skipped the society stuff.
    My sister made her debut here in Australia, but despite my mother trying to bribe me with a ticket to England to be presented to the Q by my great-aunt (who had presented my mother to the Q at the garden party that replaced debut balls during the war), I was too bolshie to curtsey to anyone, and still am. My mother gave up entirely with my younger sister, and a good thing too. While I like frocking up as much as anyone I think the concept of the debut is the most ridiculous ritual any modern young woman can participate in.

    • Meeting the Q is a serious debut!

      Deb balls made a come-back in the eighties when I was at high school. Seemed like a lot of fuss and money for a dress you wear once – I chose to go on exchange to Germany instead (an excellent decision!). As far as I know, they’re out of vogue again.

      • LOL Kate it’s only serious if you believe that someone is important by virtue of their birth. These days people say that The Q is a good Q because she has been there a long time, but there is not a shred of evidence that she has ever done anything of any value or importance or that she has done anything ever to improve the lives of her subjects or that the prime ministers who go to her tugging the forelock have ever had any good advice about anything, or taken it. She is just a very rich person who has a role as a figurehead (and a LOT of money) by virtue of her birth. With a dysfunctional family, including now, it seems, one son with a very dubious moral code. The respect I would show to The Q if I bumped into her at a supermarket is the same as I would show to any other old lady, and that’s all.
        Every now and again the ABC runs one of their sentimental stories about some underprivileged bunch of girls making their debut in an obscure country town, and I weep for the money and effort this entails and the attitudes about women it encapsulates —not just in the obscure country town and its school but at the ABC as well.

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