Sample Saturday – a notebook, a guidebook, and short stories set in Belfast

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.

A Universe of Sufficient Size by Miriam Sved

Why I have it: Recommended by Lisa at ANZ LitLovers.

Summary: Budapest, 1938 – five young mathematicians gather to share ideas. Sydney, 2007 – after the death of her father, Illy’s mother gifts her a curious notebook, its pages a mix of personal story and mathematical discovery.

I’m thinking: Yes (because it’s inspired by a true story).

Gravity is the Thing by Jaclyn Moriarty

Why I have it: Because Theresa gave it very high praise.

Summary: Twenty years ago, Abi’s brother Robert went missing. That same year, she began receiving chapters in the mail of a self-help manual, the Guidebook. Two decades after receiving those first pages, Abi is invited to an all-expenses paid weekend retreat to learn ‘the truth’ about the Guidebook.

I’m thinking: No, I don’t think the style is for me.

Sweet Home by Wendy Erskine

Why I have it: No idea.

Summary: Eleven short stories set in contemporary Belfast – themes of regret and sorrow, desire and yearning.

I’m thinking: Yes.

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