One thing I miss about life before writing like a maniac: Reading! Isn’t if funny I spend countless hours writing books, promoting books, talking about books … but reading is the one thing I have very little time for?
Like most book addicts, I spend my time and life savings buying books and owning a TBR (to be read) list that is growing like soap scum in a dirty shower. Finally the other week, I put down my foot and said it was time to read these books. I’m reading them in order as they sit on my bookshelf. I have banned myself from buying any more books until I have this list tackled!
I started with The Good Daughters by Joyce Maynard.
They were born on the same day, in the same small New Hampshire hospital—but Ruth Plank and Dana Dickerson are different in nearly every way.
Ruth is an artist, a romantic with a rich, passionate, imaginative life—the fifth daughter born to a gentle, caring farmer and his stolid wife. Raised by a pair of capricious drifters, Dana is a scientist and realist whose faith is firmly planted in the natural world. From the 1950s to the present, the lives of the “birthday sisters” parallel and oddly intersect, as each struggles to find her place in a world in which she has never truly felt she belonged. Sharing little except a birth date—and a love for Dana’s wild and beautiful older brother, Ray—two virtual strangers will travel alternate paths winding through first love, first sex, marriage, parenthood, divorce, and tragic loss…until both are forced to reevaluate themselves and each other when past secrets and forgotten memories unexpectedly come to light.
I am so pleased that I started my mission with this book. The style reminded me of Barbara Kingsolver’s Prodigal Summer. The chapters alternate between two perspectives. You read along, desperate for these two to put together the pieces of their life. You find yourself pretty suspicious, getting little clues thrown to you here and there. About halfway through the book I found myself longing for the end of the book. I NEEDED to know how this was all going to play out. I was so excited to find out what happened.
Next: The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve