Abbey and I have big expectations this summer. Hers is the higher stack! I started out with a little disappointment, but I’m on a roll now.
I read this entire book (Same Kind of Different As Me), but only because I felt I had to finish it. I didn’t like it at all…it didn’t seem genuine to me. Way too much drama I think? I can’t pinpoint the WHY but the love just wasn’t there:
I read about 3 or 4 chapters of this book (Cutting for Stone), maybe a little more. Too raw (crude?) for me. You can tell me to stick with it and I will give it another chance:
Gave up probably too quickly:
Now things started getting better. I loved The Space Between Us :
And The Hand That First Held Mine. Beautifully written, SO good. The book has a surprising little twist to it, and Maggie O’Farrell has a way of expressing emotion so thouroughly. One of the characters just gave birth to her first, and the way she describes all the feelings, experiences, emotions and struggles is spot on.
Here is an excerpt I adored from the book and read over and over again:
We change shape, she continued, we buy low-heeled shoes, we cut off our long hair. We begin to carry in our bags half-eaten rusks, a small tractor, a shred of beloved fabric, a plastic doll. We lose muscle tone, sleep, reason, perspective. Our hearts begin to live outside our bodies. They breath, they eat, they crawl and-look!-they walk, they begin to speak to us. We learn that we sometimes walk an inch at a time, to stop and examine every stick, every stone, every squashed tin along the way. We get used to not going where we were going. We learn to darn, perhaps to cook, to patch the knees of dungarees. We get used to living with a love that suffuses us, suffocates us, blinds us, controls us. We live. We contemplate our bodies, our stretched skin, those threads of silver around our brows, our strangely enlarged feet. We learn to look less in the mirror. We put our dry-clean only clothes in the back of the wardrobe. Eventually, we throw them away. We school ourselves to stop saying ‘shit’ and ‘damn’ and learn to say ‘my goodness’ and ‘heavens above’. We give up smoking, we colour our hair, we search the vistas of parks, swimming pools, libraries, cafes for others of our kind. We know each other by our pushchairs, our sleepless gazes, the beakers we carry. We learn how to cool a fever, ease a cough, the four indicators of meningitis, that one must sometimes push a swing for two hours. We buy biscuit cutters, washable pains, aprons, plastic bowls. We no longer tolerate delayed buses, fighting in the street, smoking in restaurants, sex after midnight, inconsistency, laziness, being cold. We contemplate younger women as they pass us in the street, with their cigarettes, their makeup, their tight-seemed dresses, their tiny handbags, their smooth, washed hair, and we turn away, we put down our heads, we keep on pushing the pram up the hill.
Maggie O’Farrell, The Hand That First Held Mine