After a month away I couldn't wait to visit the library this week. I have a very long list of books I want to read and was hoping I might find one or two sitting on the shelves. It was my lucky day - too much so - and I had to seriously restrain myself from bringing home too many. It took some deciding but this is what I chose.
The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna......An Englishwoman arrives in a small Croatian village and sets about restoring an old house as a summer holiday home. She hires a local man to help with the repairs. Opinions were divided on Aminatta Forna's previous novel The Memory of Love but I really liked it. I'm halfway through this one now and enjoying it very much although I can see it may be a bit quiet and slow for some readers.
Harvest by Jim Crace.......As late summer steals in and the final pearls of barley are gleaned, a village comes under threat. A trio of outsiders - two men and a dangerously magnetic woman - arrives on the woodland borders and puts up a makeshift camp. I haven't read this author before but he has won numerous literary prizes and Harvest is longlisted for the 2013 Booker Prize. It's not a list I usually rush to read but this one sounds interesting.
The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud.....'the riveting confession of a woman awakened, transformed and betrayed by a desire for a world beyond her own.' Not sure whether I'm in the mood for an angry story and I have a feeling I will either like it or loathe it.
Every Contact Leaves a Trace by Elanor Dymott.....if you believe the blurb it's an 'exquisite, creepy and unexpectedly sexy murder mystery' about a man seeking answers to his wife's death. Worth a try!
What's in your loot this week?