We’ve talked a lot about summer reading on this blog already but today we’re going to talk about it some more because . . . it’s announcement day for Read With Us. Those of you who participated in our Young Mungo discussion know the book already but for the rest of you . . . drumroll please . . . we are reading . . .
I read this book back in May and I really enjoyed it. And I’m not the only one, as some of you have already read and rated this highly, it was a nominee (short list) for the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and the film rights have been acquired by New Regency, the production company behind 12 Years a Slave, Gone Girl, and Bohemian Rhapsody. In other words, it’s got street cred.
It tells the story of a young woman named Martha. She is married to Patrick and struggles with mental illness. This illness is never named by Mason but she writes about with incredible sensitivity and understanding. Martha isn’t always likeable, but I found myself cheering her on and being moved by her situation. The story is bitingly honest and beautifully written with sharp and witty dialogue, characters who are incredibly real, and a story that will move even the most stoic of readers. Just my opinion, of course.
I’m hoping you will want to form you own opinion and will read this along with Bonny and Kym and I. We will be promoting it on our blogs over the summer and will be holding our Zoom discussion on Tuesday, September 13th at 7:00pm EST.
When you’re choosing your summer reading, don’t forget Sorrow and Bliss so that you can Read With Us.