YIKES! I don’t know how I ended up with three books for this month, especially since I haven’t touched my BOTM TBR shelf this summer, and most likely won’t for a little while still. I think these stories all just jumped out at me, and I know in my heart that eventually down the line, I am going to want to read them…I hope.
The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker
The ancient city of Troy has withstood a decade under siege of the powerful Greek army, who continue to wage bloody war over a stolen woman—Helen. In the Greek camp, another woman watches and waits for the war’s outcome: Briseis. She was queen of one of Troy’s neighboring kingdoms, until Achilles, Greece’s greatest warrior, sacked her city and murdered her husband and brothers. Briseis becomes Achilles’s concubine, a prize of battle, and must adjust quickly in order to survive a radically different life, as one of the many conquered women who serve the Greek army.
When Agamemnon, the brutal political leader of the Greek forces, demands Briseis for himself, she finds herself caught between the two most powerful of the Greeks. Achilles refuses to fight in protest, and the Greeks begin to lose ground to their Trojan opponents. Keenly observant and cooly unflinching about the daily horrors of war, Briseis finds herself in an unprecedented position to observe the two men driving the Greek forces in what will become their final confrontation, deciding the fate, not only of Briseis’s people, but also of the ancient world at large.
Briseis is just one among thousands of women living behind the scenes in this war—the slaves and prostitutes, the nurses, the women who lay out the dead—all of them erased by history. With breathtaking historical detail and luminous prose, Pat Barker brings the teeming world of the Greek camp to vivid life. She offers nuanced, complex portraits of characters and stories familiar from mythology, which, seen from Briseis’s perspective, are rife with newfound revelations. Barker’s latest builds on her decades-long study of war and its impact on individual lives—and it is nothing short of magnificent.
This one just really grabbed my attention. I know that I don’t typically read these types of books (especially when they lean heavily on the literary side) but I just knew that it was one of those books that I would want to own. I have a feeling it is going to explode onto the scene shortly, and that everyone will be reading and talking about it. I don’t know if I will be one of them per say, BUT I do know that it is something that I won’t be disappointed to see on my shelves even years later.
Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough
Lisa lives for her daughter Ava, her job, and her best friend Marilyn, but when a handsome client shows an interest in her, Lisa starts daydreaming about sharing her life with him too. Maybe she’s ready now. Maybe she can trust again. Maybe it’s time to let her terrifying secret past go. Then her daughter rescues a boy from drowning and their pictures are all over the news for everyone to see. Lisa’s world explodes, and she finds everything she has built threatened. Not knowing whom she can trust, it’s up to her to face her past to save what she holds dear.
Soooo I had two books all ready to go, I was about to click “ship my box” when I noticed the author’s name on the bottom of this book. I did a quick double take and added it so fast that I barely had time to register anything. Sarah Pinborough is the author of the suspense/thriller that got me into the genre, Behind Her Eyes (which was also a BOTM choice way back when). I was BLOWN AWAY by that book, so seeing that author’s name on another thriller made it an instant MUST HAVE. I wouldn’t be surprised if I read this almost immediately.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.
This book is EVERYWHERE! Seriously, if you haven’t heard of it or seen this cover, you have been living under a rock. Every single person who has mentioned or talked about this book has sung crazy amazing praises for it. When I saw it as an option to add on, I immediately added it to my box. I mean, I would have been fine just picking it for my August box but since it wasn’t a main choice, I couldn’t, so it was saved for September. I am anxious to get my hands on it, and finally see what all the talk is about. I can hardly wait!
So despite me trying to save money for my wedding, I ended up with not one, but THREE books from BOTM this month (I won’t even go into my pre-orders expected for September). Luckily though, I am feeling really good about all three picks. I think they will be worth having in the long run, and I look forward to getting to them (eventually).
Are any of these on your radar? What do you think? Let’s chat!