In Meg Wolitzer’s latest novel, The Female Persuasion, Greer Kadetsky has a life-changing encounter when she meets renowned feminist and author Faith Frank at a college lecture. Greer has always been ambitious, excelling at school, yet shy and afraid to speak her mind. In Faith, she finds a mentor who gives her the confidence to use her voice. When Greer lands her dream job working at Faith’s women’s foundation, Loci, she is excited to help women share their stories and shine a light on issues such as pay inequality and workplace harassment. But Greer’s idealistic view of Loci is put to the test when she discovers the venture capital firm funding the foundation has been involved in some shady practices. Continue reading
Have you ever wondered what the four March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, from the book Little Women by Louisa May Alcott would be like if they were transported to another time and place. The Spring Girls by Anna Todd is one author’s answer to that. The four Spring sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy live on an army base in the United States in the twenty-first century. Like the first part of Little Women, this book chronicles a year in the life of the sisters, relating their changes in growing up, their relationships with each other and their parents, as well as friends and crushes. The characters are true to the original characters, Jo aspires to be an author, Meg wants popularity and to get married, Beth is a homebody and Amy is a self centered bratty little girl. I must admit that some swearing and few sexual situations felt a little out of character to me but they would be appropriate with the sisters lives in this modern time and place. Even so I enjoyed the book and so I’m recommended it here. If you read it do let me know what you think.
The Light Between Oceans is a captivating historical fiction set in Australia during the first half of 1900. This book traces the life of a solitary lighthouse keeper Tom and his wife Isabel and the consequences that follows with one life changing decision they made. I was engrossed by this story because once I got into each character’s head, I want to know what they will do next. It was also devastating seeing good people making bad decisions and I cannot do anything about it. It is a book that makes you wonder: what would I do in this situation and what would happen if the characters made different decisions. It was a journey to come to term with loss and grief, and to see that sometimes there’s no right answer. With romance, mystery, and moral debate all in one,this book would also be a good book club read.
The Light Between Oceans was also made into a film two years ago with Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikandar. I watched the movie after reading the book. Like many books turned into movies, important details were left out but it still made me tear up. However, for someone who is unfamiliar with the plot, the narrative might seems disconnect. On the other hand, the cinematography of this film was beautiful and it captures the breathtaking landscape of Australia and New Zealand.
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