Our group read for the A Box Of Bookclub this month was "Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Have you read it? We've got a quick review below and then...the big reveal of our February Book Box (the novel will also be our next group read too).
We chose this book as the group read based on several recommendations about the author rather than the book as such. It's had mixed reviews, personally I really enjoyed it. I loved all the back stories of the characters that were weaved through the novel, just when you started to despise a character for certain actions then their backstory was exposed which shone a completely different light on the situation.
Set in middle America, the book starts with the Richardson's family home being burned down and Izzy, their 4th child is assumed to be the arsonist, the story goes back in time from there. It raises moral questions in regards to different situations involving babies (spoiler alert skip over this paragraph if you haven't read yet the book), the adoption by an affluent white couple of a Chinese baby who was left at a fire station by it's struggling birth mother, she gets better and wants the baby back, a young college student agreeing to be a surrogate for an infertile couple but then kept the baby for herself and teenage pregnancy and the decisions made around that.
Some reviews have said that it's too slow moving & the characters cliched but others have absolutely raved about it saying the intertwining characters are rich and well developed. You could think that this was a YA book as it's written mainly from the perspective of teenagers but it's really about parenting and the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters.
Other feedback from our group was:
So now to reveal our next group read and what was in the February A Box Of Book Subscription Box...
A Well Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler. A novel of the Vanderbilt family in particular Alva Vanderbilt, it's a semi biographical historical fiction and is such an interesting read. I loved it which is why I picked it for the February book box.
OUTSPOKEN. BRAVE. BRILLIANT. FIERCE.
Alva Smith, her Southern family destitute after the Civil War, married into one of America's great Gilded Age dynasties: the newly wealthy but socially shunned Vanderbilts. Ignored by New York's old-money circles and determined to win respect, she designed and built nine mansions, hosted grand balls, and arranged for her daughter to marry a duke. But Alva also defied convention for women of her time, asserting power within her marriage and becoming a leader in the women's suffrage movement.
With a nod to Jane Austen and Edith Wharton, Therese Anne Fowler paints a glittering world of enormous wealth contrasted with desperate poverty, of social ambition and social scorn, of friendship and betrayal, and an unforgettable story of a remarkable woman.
GOOD BEHAVIOUR WILL ONLY GET A WOMAN SO FAR. *The Book Depository review
For those who want to join in the group read for our Bookclub shall we make the Facebook Group chat date 8th April?
If you want to find out more about the A Well Behaved Woman Book Box and treat yourself or a loved one you can find it here.
Want to join up to one of our book subscription packages you can find out more here.
Thanks so much to those who participated in our online discussion and we hope you enjoy this months group read too!
Yours in books