It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by The Book Journey, and it’s a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well.
Last week, I read The Charming Quirks of Others by Alexander McCall Smith. I’ve always liked his books, and the Isabel Dalhousie series, while not particularly exciting in terms of plot, is always witty and wise and satisfying.
This past weekend, my oldest daughter and I visited our local English library, where I checked out two books, The Patron Saint of Liars by Ann Patchett and The Pirate’s Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson. I’ve read almost everything Patchett has written, and I think I may have even read this one before, but it’s been so long that I can’t remember. The Pirate’s Daughter caught my eye because it had an interesting summary:
In 1946, Hollywood’s most famous swashbuckler, Errol Flynn, arrived in Jamaica in a storm-ravaged boat. After a long and celebrated career on the silver screen, Flynn spent the last years of his life on a small island off the Jamaican coast, where he fell in love with the people, the paradisiacal setting, and the privacy, and brought a touch of Tinseltown glamour to the West Indian community.
Based on those years, The Pirate’s Daughter imagines an affair between the aging matinee star and Ida, a beautiful local girl. Flynn’s affections are unpredictable but that doesn’t stop Ida from dreaming of a life with him, especially after the birth of their daughter, May.
Margaret Cezair-Thompson weaves stories of mothers and daughters, fathers and lovers, country and kin, into this compelling, dual-generational coming-of-age tale of two women struggling to find their way in a nation wrestling with its own independence.
I also checked out an ebook, The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer. I read Orringer’s book of short stories, How to Breath Underwater, several years ago and fell in love with her writing. I’m really looking forward to seeing what she does with a full-length novel.
What are you reading this week?