Apr 24, 2013

A to Z - The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D.

Welcome to A to Z! This year, I'm highlighting women's fiction books (and probably instilling a decent amount of cover love in the process).

U is for The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D. by Nichole Bernier.

Synopsis from Goodreads:  Summer vacation on Great Rock Island was supposed to be a restorative time for Kate, who’d lost her close friend Elizabeth in a sudden accident. But when she inherits a trunk of Elizabeth's journals, they reveal a woman far different than the cheerful wife and mother Kate thought she knew. 

The complicated portrait of Elizabeth—her troubled upbringing, and her route to marriage and motherhood—makes Kate question not just their friendship, but her own deepest beliefs about loyalty and honesty at a period of uncertainty in her own marriage. 

The more Kate reads, the more she learns the complicated truth of who Elizabeth really was, and rethinks her own choices as a wife, mother, and professional, and the legacy she herself would want to leave behind. When an unfamiliar man’s name appears in the pages, Kate realizes the extent of what she didn’t know about her friend, including where she was really going on the day she died. 

Set in the anxious summer after the September 11th attacks, this story of two women—their friendship, their marriages, private ambitions and fears—considers the aspects of ourselves we show and those we conceal, and the repercussions of our choices.

This is another on my to read list - from what I understand, this is told in part through journal entries, a style of writing that I enjoy if it is done well. I think the premise is interesting that the life is told from the point of view of a friendship opposed to a spouse.  

What are books that have been out for less than a year that you are looking forward to reading?


Dani said...

Another great book!

Anonymous said...

There are so many good books you have mentioned over the challenge a hard choice which ones to read first.


Donna K. Weaver said...

You'll have to let us know how you like it once you've read it. I love The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society which was done all through correspondence of some kind. It was a fascinating way to get to know about a character--Elizabeth McKenna--through other people's experiences with her.

Julie Luek said...

Sounds like a great summer beach read to me!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Looks like my kind of read!

Jai said...

Sounds like a good read.
I enjoyed The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society which used correspondence.

Carol said...

Sounds like a good read. I haven't read many stories told through journal entries.

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