The book's name, "Finding Peggy", suggest that there is a mystery surrounding Peggy. Peggy was Meg's maternal aunt who tragically died in childbirth under sad circumstances, essentially as a result of medical malpractice. However, I didn't feel that the story was about Peggy and the returning to Peggy's tragic death throughout the second half of the book felt somewhat staged. I think the books is really Meg's story. Whilst the majority of the book feels authentic, some characters do not, they were too black and white, if that makes any sense. I didn't find the actual writing enjoyable either. I am of course not one to judge, being a non native English speaker but the language was bit "adolescent". I am not sure if that makes sense? All in all, a bit of a disappointment because I was really looking forward to this book.
Oh well, so far so good.
Other books I have read this month are:
- "Oranges are not the only fruit" by Jeannette Winterson. This novel was on the weird side. I enjoyed parts of it but there were sections that I didn't understand why they were there. I was maybe not paying enough attention. It was quite an easy read on the whole and if you are interested in the childhood and young adulthood of a girl dominated by her overzealous Christian mother, then, this is a book for you.
- "Emotionally weird" by Kate Atkinson. I am a great lover of Kate Atkinson but I didn't enjoy this novel much. The main character is an English student in Dundee in the Seventies. Yes, drug, sex and rock & roll and plenty of weird coincidences, too.
- "The vanishing act of Esme Lennox" by Maggie O'Farrell. I am in two minds about this one, it was recommended by other bloggers. I enjoyed the story very much but I didn't much like Iris, Esme's grand daughter and narrator and her relationship with her step brother. It is a shame when you don't like an important character in a book. However, the books is well written and carefully crafted, dipping in and out of the past, and into the mind of the characters.
- "Where'd you go Bernadette" by Maria Semple. This was a fun read. Well, I actually listened to the audio book, which was well narrated. Bernadette, a neurotic one time famous architect, grew on me as a person.
- "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio. This was our book group read of the month. Wonder is a children's book (Annie, 10, is absolutely loving it). The main character, August, suffers from a rare genetic disorder that manifests in severe facial disfigurement. The story is about August starting school (after being home schooled for years), finding his place and making friends. It is told by August and various important characters in Augusts life. Read it, it is absolutely worth it.
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My April read is "When we were orphans" by Kazuo Ishiguro. I have already started and I am enjoying it so far. More of this another time.
To another month of reading! Have a great day. Cx