Sample Saturday – two sisters, doors and seals

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 Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson

Why I have it: Spotted on Sarah’s list of books set in various countries.

Summary: Two sisters are exiled from Brooklyn to Barbados after their mother can no longer care for them. Phaedra and Dionne live for the summer of 1989 with their grandmother Hyacinth, a midwife and practitioner of the local spiritual practice of obeah.

I’m thinking: Maybe.

The Woman Who Walked Into Doors by Roddy Doyle

Why I have it: Spotted on Madame Bibi’s ‘Reading Ireland’ post.

Summary: Paula Spencer is a working-class woman struggling to reclaim her dignity after marriage to an abusive husband and a worsening drinking problem.

I’m thinking: Yes.

Swimming With Seals by Victoria Whitworth

Why I have it: Spotted on Bookish Beck‘s Goodreads list (and I love swimming stories)

Summary: Victoria Whitworth began swimming in the cold waters of Orkney as a means of temporary escape from a failing marriage, a stifling religious environment and a series of health problems. The book is a love letter to the beach where she swims regularly, to the ever-changing cold waters where the North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean meet, and to the seals, her constant companions.

I’m thinking: Yes.

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10 responses

  1. As you know, I thought TWWWID was excellent. I read it several years ago but Paula’s voice was so distinctive, I didn’t need to remind myself of the story when I read the sequel just recently.

    Swimming with Seals sounds amazing, it’s definitely going on my list.

  2. Glad to be of assistance! I hardly recognized that one from my TBR (nearly 6000-strong!). I recently read most of Leap In by Alexandra Heminsley, a lovely swimming memoir I’d recommend. And of course there’s Turning by Jessica J. Lee if you don’t already know it.

  3. If one more person’s opinion moves you from maybe to yes on Star Side of Bird Hill, then count me in. I’m actually the person who recommended it to Sarah! Jackson’s prose is wonderfully creative.

    I’ve only read A Star Called Henry by Doyle, but I adored it so this one is going on my TBR.

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