I mentioned in my post about The Woman Upstairs that I was having trouble reading anything after finishing that marvelous book. For the past week I’ve flitted from one pretty package to another, from novel to novel, classic to new book, thriller to domestic. I finally settled on a book mentioned on flowersandstripes – The Mirador: Dreamed Memories of Irene Nemirovsky by Her Daughter by Elisabeth Gille. In this memoir Gille adopts the voice of her writer mother to tell the story of Nemirovksy’s childhood in revolutionary Russia and her family’s later refuge in France. It is matter of fact yet incredibly elegant – a book I know will become one of my favorites.
Just yesterday, feeling ready to start another novel, I began reading Frost in May by Antonia White, A Way of Life, Like Any Other by Darcy O’Brien and The Aspern Papers by Henry James (because of this post). I’m not sure about Frost in May – for some reason it doesn’t feel right, but I am pretty certain that I’ll finish the other two.
I also need to finish The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim and Quartet in Autumn by Barbara Pym. The Pym will be the book I post about for Barbara Pym Reading Week, but I have to say that I am not enjoying it. Unfortunately, it might not be a gushing post that week.
What are you reading? Is anything taking your breath away lately?
Wishing you a wonderful weekend – I know I am looking forward to the holiday (Memorial Day) here in the States. Did I hear that there is a Bank Holiday in the UK? Long weekends are one of my favorite things!