Sample Saturday – a dog, an illness, and the state of Maine


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.

Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume

Why I have it: It was recommended when I wrote about Irish misery-porn.

Summary: Irish-misery-porn told from the perspective of a dog.

I’m thinking: Yes – the writing could be described as almost lyrical. I want more.

“He is running, running, running.
And it’s like no kind of running he’s ever run before. He’s the surge that burst the dam and he’s pouring down the hillslope, channelling through the grass to the width of his widest part. He’s tripping into hoof-rucks. He’s slapping groundsel stems down dead. Dandelions and chickweed, nettles and dock.”

Hot Milk by Deborah Levy

Why I have it: Because I loved Swimming Home.

Summary: A young woman travels to southern Spain, in search of a cure for her mother’s unexplainable illness.

I’m thinking: Yes. Levy is so good at creating a sense of place.

The State We’re In by Ann Beattie

Why I have it: Probably because I love Maine.

Summary: Short-stories set in Maine.

I’m thinking: No, didn’t grab me.


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