TITLE: A Hundred Small Lessons
AUTHOR: Ashley HayPUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Audio
PUB. YEAR: 2020
RATING: - 3.5/5
Elsie Gormley, husband Clem, and now adult children have enjoyed a long life and shared history in the family home in Brisbane, AU. Now Elsie is forced to leave it all behind after a fall has her entering a nursing home. Her home is sold but, her memories of the past remain.
Lucy and Ben and their young son are the new owners of Elsie's former home. They are a young couple trying to adjust to a lifestyle change since becoming parents. When Lucy finds an item belonging to Elsie, she feels a connection to her and the home's history.
A character driven novel, well written that delves into the personal lives and challenges of the two families: love, motherhood, marriage life and death. Although the story is well written it was very slow for me. It's been compared to Olive Kitteridge; Elizabeth Strout (which I loved) but, I didn't see the connection. I think this story will appeal to readers who like quiet reflective fiction.
TITLE: Such a Fun Age
AUTHOR: Kiley ReidPUBLISHER: Penguin Audio
PUB. YEAR: 2020
RATING: - 3/5
Alix Chamberlain is a 30-something, white woman and successful social influencer who knows what it takes to get the attention of others. Emira Tucker is a 20-something, black woman and college graduate who is trying to figure out a direction for a satisfying future, but for now, she babysits Briar, the young daughter of Alix.
Early on in the novel there is a racially motivated incident at a grocery store where a security guard questions Emira being out late at night with Briar, a white child. Emira is detained while her story is investigated. The whole scene is filmed by a young white man, Kelley. Alix is horrified when she learns what has happened and wants to make it up to Emira.
This is a character driven novel; I thought the characters was unlikeable and shallow and found them pretty annoying on audio as well. I was disappointed that the Emira character, who I wanted to root for, was so underdeveloped. I felt this story had potential but, the execution was the issue. I didn't get the hype over this novel.