A while back Rikki (Rikki’s Teleidoscope) and I have decided to read Katie Ward’s Girl Reading together. I discovered the book on Danielle’s blog. It was one of those posts that made me want to get the book and read it immediately. I added the blurb but Danielle’s wonderful review (here) will give you a much better idea.
A real wow of a first novel. The premise is alarmingly simple and yet somehow stunning: seven portraits, seven artists, seven girls and women reading . . . A wonderful, imaginative evocation of seven different worlds . . . It’s very rare for a novel to have a real freshness and originality but at the same time to evoke echoes of other literary memories. This feels incredibly clever. It’s a book packed full of adventures and stories and you completely lose yourself in them . . . This book’s great strength: the perfect, separate, involving worlds it creates. Like Mitchell, Ward is equally adept at shifting between completely different registers and voices . . .
What the blurb doesn’t say is that each episode captures another era and according to Danielle’s review some of them are done remarkably well.
If you have enjoyed Susan Vreeland’s Girl in Hyacinth Blue, you might like this as well.
It would be great if you would consider joining us in reading this novel.
We will discuss the book on Monday June 25 2012. Links to other participant’s posts will be added to our respective reviews.