I started this book, then returned it to the library, then checked it out again because there was something there, in those first chapters, that was calling me back. It was a good choice because I loved this book so much. I am hesitant to say that about books, I mean, what if I loved it but you think, not so much. But this one (and the next) captured my heart and my head. What did I love about it? The characters were complicated (some will think a few of them unlikeable) and yet I wanted them to work it out. This book jumps around in time and it absolutely works for this story. I think Maggie O’Farrell is moving to the top of my favorite authors list.
I put this one on hold before it was published in the states because it is on the Women’s Prize shortlist and those Sunday knitting readers are a strong influence. The ebook came up just as I was falling in love with This Must Be The Place so I almost put in a delay on delivery but I decided to read a few chapters and see if I wanted to continue. The answer was yes. For a few days I read Maggie in the morning and Claire in the evening. Then I gave TMBTP my full attention before returning to the story of Jeanie and Julius, 51-year-old twins who have just lost their mother and their world is in a spin. What did I love about this book? Again, complicated characters that climbed into my heart and asked me to really listen to their story.
And then there is the bag. I have talked about this at some point. I bought the fabric (waxed canvas) a few years ago. I knew it would be a small tote/purse. I had the lining, the zippers, the straps, and the hardware. But it all felt so precious. I had enough for two bags and my daughter made her version last summer on a day when I sat in a chair and watched. Last week, she returned the favor. She sat in that same chair with her knitting and cheered me on. I almost used a different strap but the yellow on the orange is so cheerful. I have been using this bag all week and it is perfect. This is the Pepin tote although I changed the dimensions of mine.
Three things, Thursday, linking up with Carole.