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.
This week, the three samples I’ve selected are the three books on the Baileys Prize 2016 shortlist that I haven’t read (yet).
Ruby by Cynthia Bond
Summary: Ruby Bell flees her hometown after suffering a violent and terrible childhood. She builds a life in New York. A telegram forces her to return home.
I’m thinking: Maybe – if it wins, I’ll read it but the style didn’t pull me in from the first page.
The Improbability of Love by Hannah Rothschild
Summary: The discovery of a forgotten eighteenth-century masterpiece (called ‘The Improbability of Love’) uncovers dark secrets and creates the chance for love for the owner.
I’m thinking: No – begins more like a cosy-mystery than a literary-prize-prospect, so not really my scene.
The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
Summary: One messy murder affects the lives of five misfits who exist on the fringes of Ireland’s post-crash society (but it’s a story about a family more than about the murder).
I’m thinking: Yes – immediately liked McInerney’s writing style.