2. Paulina & Fran – Rachel B Glaser: This is a book about two friends (as the title probably hints). They are both private art school girls in New England and spend their days criticizing others and focusing on themselves. Of course, things turn sour, as they do, and the two girls end up enemies, and so the story goes. I had read the first page, and it started with a very risqué scene. Let’s just say I’m intrigued.
3. The Muse – Jessie Burton: This book starts off with in 1960’s London, following a a girl called Odelle Bastien. She was from Trinidad, and was struggling to make a life for herself when she gets a job in an art gallery. A painting of a mysterious history makes its way to the gallery, and then we are transported to 1930’s Spain. Olive Schloss is forced to move to Spain with her parents, and she begins to accept her new life when she meets Isaac Robles and his half sister, Teresa. Somehow, all of these characters intertwine and it will be interesting to see how the painting ties into it all.
4. Shadow of Night – Deborah Harkness: I had previously devoured A Discovery of Witches (part I in her All Souls Trilogy), and Shadow of Night is the second book. The main character, Diana, accepts the fact that she is a witch and that she has a vampire lover, Matthew. They realize that some magical creatures are up to no good, and want to cause harm to Diana. Turns out, in this book, Diana can travel back in time and she and Matthew pop back into Elizabethan England. I’m a huge fan of historical fiction, and this combines elements of that, as well as magic.
5. Fates and Furies – Lauren Groff: This is about the story of Lancelot and Mathilde, a couple that gets married young. It follows their lives, and shows how different each partner views their own marriage. The first part of the book, it follows Lancelot, or Lotto, as he is called. He comes from a rich, Florida family, and is sent to New York to hopefully fix his misbehaving ways. Lotto is a young actor, vibrant and very charming (especially with the women). But he is starstruck when he meets Mathilde, and she plays a very important part in his life, and his success. The second part of the book follows her story – it is a lot darker and more tumultuous than Lotto’s – a fact he doesn’t truly understand himself. I’ve started reading the first few chapters, and am eager to get to Mathilde’s section. I’m curious to know what kind of struggles Mathilde went through. It even has the Obama stamp of approval!
What books are you reading this month?