” ‘Books from the Backlog’ is a fun way to feature some of the neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.”
“This week’s neglected book…” is one I purchased after reading a review by a fellow blogger the year it was published, 2019. I promptly ordered it through Amazon, then just as promptly put it on my TBR shelf. I used it sometime in the recent past for my “First Line Fridays” post, but never got beyond that first line until this past week. In an effort to read 22 books from my TBR shelves in 2022, I started Life and am now on page 164. (Use the search box to see the First Line Friday post that grabbed my attention after reading only the first line)
The novel deals with a middle aged woman, Emma, and her sixteen-year-old daughter, who are told out of the blue that Emma’s mother, Genevieve, who threw Emma out of her house as a pregnant teenager. Genevieve announces that she has a brain tumor and is dying; she insists that Emma and Riley, her daughter come and spend the summer taking care of her in her “last days.” As the story unfolds, several subplots unfold, twisting and turning, and the reader is aware that Genevieve is “keeping secrets” and that Emma is still dealing with feelings for Riley’s father, who is married to a super-model and has two sons that Riley wishes to get to know.
Families are complicated things, and this one is very much so.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Would you recommend it to me and to others?
HAVE A GOOD WEEK, AND KEEP ON READING!