Alright... so as a lot of your saw (and so RUDELY commented :)) on my social media pages, it took me quite awhile to get through A God in Ruins. I was ALL OVER Life After Life, and as this is the follow up to that book, I was ready to be all-in. Not a sequel, A God in Ruins was essentially taking place in the same universe and timeline as Life After Life, just from the point-of-view of a different character. And I think this was my issue. Ursula Todd was a ceaselessly fasc
I originally picked this up because I had b̶a̶m̶b̶o̶o̶z̶l̶e̶d̶ requested an advanced reading copy of the follow up (A God in Ruins) from Little, Brown & Co. So... uh... figured I probably should read Life After Life first. I had heard many great things about this book, but wasn't prepared to be as absorbed in Ursula's journey as I was. Atkinson's use of time is clearly the focal point of the story, but it's her use of art (or "Art", if you're Sylvie)... poetry, literature,
To start off, if you haven't done so already, please read my Q&A with Polly Dugan. That will give you a pretty good glimpse into what I thought of the book. The Sweetheart Deal really surprised me. I didn't think it was going to be bad... I didn't think the writing was going to be subpar or the plot unrealistic. I just didn't think this book would be for me. In 2015, I've been attempting to branch out (occasionally) from the darker litfic that I tend to gravitate towards.
We're going to do something a little different here today at Black, White & Read Books. I was recently contacted by Little Brown & Company and asked to read a book titled The Sweetheart Deal by Polly Dugan. And I will fully admit... I was nervous. What if I didn't like it? What if I couldn't even finish it? Luckily, Polly Dugan ensured she didn't make a liar or a jerk out of me (thanks, Polly!)... as I absolutely loved the book and was excited to continue reading it each
Have you ever read a debut novel by an author and saw in stunning clarity the respect and awards in that author's future? Chigozie Obioma's first novel gave me that vision from the first paragraph. There is no doubt in my heart that this author will change the face of modern literature and, even more importantly, will educate the rest of the world on his own corner of the world and the social and political climate there. Obioma writes with an empathy for every single one o