How to be a good wife – Emma Chapman
Marta and Hector live in a small village in Norway. They have been married for a long time. Their son has recently left home and Marta fills in her days by being a 1950s style housewife, referring to a book “How to be a good wife” that her mother-in-law gave her. Hector has always looked after Marta and she has looked after the house and family.
From the start of this book there are some questions that need answering. Who is the young blonde girl that keeps appearing? Is she real, or an hallucination? Or is it a memory that is coming back to Marta? Why does Hector give Marta medication every day? And why does she only pretend to take the tablets?
As the story progresses we learn more about Marta’s past. This book kept me interested throughout and although the conclusion was a bit upsetting it was still a well written novel and I look forward to more from this author.
Oscar and Lucinda by Peter Carey
This book was selected because it won the Booker Prize and only one person in the group had read a Peter Carey book before. Continue reading
Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
Everyone read the book and finished it. The husband Frank was throughly manipulative. The wife April was rather “flakey” and some readers found her very irritating.
The novel, written in 1961, and set in the mid 50’s, really typified the suburban lifestyle of the time – very regimented and very stifling. Continue reading
Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy
Overall the group seemed to enjoy the book.
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Whether it’s fiction or non fiction crime writing is always a popular genre in Western literature. This month the reading theme is Crimereads.
Parramatta City Library has many titles in its collection and you can go to our online catalogue to reserve whatever you like, or download an ebook or you can simply come to the library and pick up some books. Continue reading