So, I am a Ravelry member (shakeyourbooties). Of course. And I design baby booties (in case you hadn’t noticed). One of the groups I belong to on Ravelry has a monthly encouragement/discussion thread for WIPs and offers prizes (donated by participants in the thread) for FOs.
Last month I won a prize. :)
It was a “choose your own book from Amazon up to a certain amount including shipping.” What a great idea! I picked this book:
A picture on the first page I randomly opened it to:
I wanted to like this more than I did. The premise was good and most of the book read well (although I thought it was a bit stilted), but I found the middle to be a bit muddled. I enjoyed it enough that I’ll probably read the sequel when it comes out. If I could have given it 3 1/2 stars, I would have.
Wonderful stories – each inspired by a real character or a real story. All related to travel and crossing borders and boundaries, whether physical, geographical, social, or emotional. If you like her short stories, and haven’t read Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins, I highly recommend it.
Bold and smart, this is an historical, modernist, realist, and literary novel. The writing is marvelous and the stories within the story (told by disparate characters) are mesmerizing. Highly recommended!
Sad, moving, thought-provoking, but not for the faint of heart. This is not an easy read (language, themes, violence), but one that left me profoundly moved. Difficult to review as it is startlingly original. A gut-wrenching coming-of-age novel that brilliantly treads the difficult line between tragedy and comedy.