Sea Creatures by Susanna Daniel
Five words from the blurb: Miami, domestic, drama, scandal, disappointment
I bought this book to read in Florida, but unfortunately being in this book’s setting didn’t add to its appeal. The writing was nothing special and the characters were so ordinary/flat that I didn’t care about them. Recommended to those who enjoy relationship based reads of a lighter nature.
Nine Parts of Desire by Geraldine Brooks
Five words from the blurb: women, Middle East, veils, research, intimate
Fascinating insight into the lives of women living in the Middle East. Much of this book feels dated, but I learnt so much that this didn’t matter. Recommended to anyone who’d like to learn more about Islamic women.
Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson
Five words from the blurb: social worker, American, wilderness, family, conflicts
I loved the first half of the book in which we see a social worker performing his difficult, but rewarding work. The writing was outstanding – Henderson has the rare ability to make even the simplest scenes spring to life. Unfortunately I lost interest towards the end. It became more of a police procedural thriller and much of the initial intimacy was lost. Recommended to anyone who appreciates good writing.
Orfeo by Richard Powers
Five words from the blurb: music, research, police, hysteria, audience
Fantastic writing and wonderfully original concept, but as I’m not very knowledgeable about music I felt that much of the wisdom of this book went over my head. If you’re a fan of music, particularly classical, then you’ll love this.