Underwhelmed. Two books – similar but different. The first was Maggie O’Farrell’s Instructions for a Heatwave, chosen as part of Reading Ireland Month. The second was Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan, chosen simply because I like Maine. And lobster rolls.
It’s probably concerning how little I have to say about either book. No lasting impressions, no scenes that stayed with me. Serviceable characters, plain writing. Did I miss something in these family sagas? (Both focused on large families with a matriarch, Irish heritage and children behaving badly.) In Heatwave, the character of Aisha was mildly interesting, if only for her battle with illiteracy. In Maine, the pretentious daughter-in-law Anne Marie provided the entertainment. I’ll leave it at that.
2/5 For both.