Sample Saturday is when I wade through the eleventy billion samples I have downloaded on my Kindle. I’m slowly chipping away and deciding whether it’s buy or bye.
The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams
Why I have it: Probably because of A Hundred Summers (…which I haven’t read yet either…).
Summary: Manhattan, 1964 and Vivian Schuyler defies her privileged upbringing and gets a job at with magazine. Berlin, 1914 and Violet Schuyler Grant, a scientist, is trying to escape a controlling husband. Violet’s secrets end up in a suitcase. The suitcase is delivered decades latter to Vivian.
I’m thinking: Yes, for the opening page alone (you’ll have to read it for yourself).
Dead Wake by Erik Larson
Why I have it: No idea.
Summary: Story of the sinking of the Lusitania, a luxury ocean liner, during WWI.
I’m thinking: Yes. War stories and books about boats may not be my usual gear but this reads well.
What’s Important is Feeling by Adam Wilson
Why I have it: Because Flatscreen was good.
Summary: ‘Contemporary coming-of-age’ short stories – there’s Young Elvis versus Vegas Elvis, dancing with a mop, lobsters and besties.
I’m thinking: It’ll go on my list for when I next feel like short stories.