Friday, November 11, 2016

The Book That Matters Most; Ann Hood

W.W. Norton Co - 2016

Ann Hood's latest novel was an enjoyable story about mothers, daughters and the ups and downs of life.

Ava Tucker is a 40-something French professor in Providence, Rhode Island. Her 25 year marriage has fallen apart and, for the first time in decades she finds herself alone.  Her grown son is in Africa and daughter Maggie is studying abroad in Florence, Italy (so Ava thinks), however, Maggie's life abroad is in turmoil.

To help deal with her loneliness, Ava's friend Cate encourages her to join her book group. For the coming year each of the (12) participates selects the one "book that mattered most" to them. Ava's choice is a relatively unknown, out of print selection about a grieving mother who has lost a child. Ava lost both her mother and a younger sister when she was a child. 

Without giving away too much of the story, I'll just say I really enjoyed this story and the way the author drew me in early on. I loved that the story started out in RI, a place where the streets and references were familiar to me.  The story then travels to Italy and Paris which was also a treat to read about. I liked most of the characters that she introduced and the fact the story has a bit of a mystery going on as well.  Readers who want to settle into an easy flowing story about life, love, loss and family should enjoy this one.  I think this book would be a great book club discussion choice as well.

4.5/5 stars
(eGalley)

21 comments:

  1. I loved this one, too! In fact, Ann Hood has become a must-read author for me.

    Thanks for sharing...glad you enjoyed the book.

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    1. Laurel, I think I've read most of her books and have enjoyed them.

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  2. Love family stories. This one sounds very good. Glad it was a hit with you.

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  3. This sounds like a lovely heartwarming story.

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  4. I'm adding this to my list, also - it sounds like a story I will really enjoy. thanks, again!

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    1. Karen, it's a book that's easy to fall into and just get lost in.

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  5. Sounds interesting, and I want to know why Maggie's life is in turmoil.

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  6. This sounds really good, Diane. I will keep it in mind for the future. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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  7. It might not be a "guy" book but it soundsgood.

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  8. Hi Diane,
    I've been terribly busy this fall, and at times haven't always kept up with your wonderful blog.
    I did note that I wanted to read this book--and after reading your thoughts I definitely will look it up.
    Best wishes to you!
    J.

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    1. Judith, glad you stopped by. It's one of those books that is easy to get wrapped up in and want to read straight through.

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  9. This sounds like a perfect read for the quiet months after the New Year. Life is far to hectic and distracting right now, but I really do want to read this one. Glad you enjoyed it so well, Diane!

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    1. Les, It's a very enjoyable and easy read. Wives, mothers and anyone who has had family issues will want to check this out.

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  10. This sounds like a good one as someone whose child has just left home (boarding school for her junior and senior year). I like the idea of a book club that picks that one important/significant book each month as well.

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    1. Helen, I hope your daughter is happy spreading her wings a bit and, that mom is okay with it all:) Try this book sometime.

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  11. I have not read Ann Hood though I have some of her books in my TBR lists. Someone said that post-election, it is important to read women's stories and this one sounds like it fits.

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