Thursday, April 1, 2010

T-B-R Thursday (15)

It's T-B-R Thursday once again!

This is the day of the week that I add a new book to my To-Be-Read pile which is growing by leaps and bounds. I have very eclectic tastes when it comes to books. You might find a romance, a bestseller, or even a classic adding to my pile every week.

A new book on my radar this week: The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O'Farrell

Synopsis courtesy of Barnes & Noble

Product Details

  • Pub. Date: April 2010
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Format: Hardcover, 341pp
  • Sales Rank: 66,034


Lexie Sinclair cannot stay. Enclosed within her parents’ genteel country lawn, she yearns for more. She makes her way to the city, and meets a magazine editor, Innes, a man unlike any she has ever imagined. He introduces her to the thrilling world of bohemian postwar London, and she learns to be a reporter, to know art and artists, to live her life fully and with a deep love at the center of it. She creates many lives—all of them unconventional. And when she finds herself pregnant by a man wholly unsuitable for marriage or fatherhood, she doesn’t hesitate for a minute to have the baby on her own.

Later, in present-day London, a young painter named Elina dizzily navigates the first weeks of motherhood. Her boyfriend, Ted, traumatized by nearly losing her in labor, begins to recover lost memories. He cannot place them. But as they become more disconcerting and return more frequently, we discover that something connects these two stories—these two women—something that becomes all the more heartbreaking and beautiful as they all hurtle toward its revelation.

A stunning portrait of motherhood and the artist’s life in all their terror and glory, Maggie O’Farrell’s newest novel is a gorgeous inquiry into the ways we make and unmake our lives, who we know ourselves to be, and how even our most accidental legacies connect us.


Elie said...

Sounds like a good one to be added to the pile. Thanks for sharing.

MarthaE said...

This sounds intriguing. Hadn't heard of the book or the author.

Mystica said...

I havent heard of the book or the author but your review is most interesting.

Rick said...

You're going to bankrupt me with all these good books!