ebook. For the Bookies, my book club. I voted for this; sadly, I cannot recall which books were the contenders.
This is what has been said about The Orchardist, a book I recently enjoyed:
“Written with breathtaking precision and empathy, an astonishing debut novel. At once intimate and epic, evocative and atmospheric, filled with haunting characters both vivid and true to life, and told in a distinctive narrative voice.” – blurb on goodreads.
And this is what has been said about Alias Grace, the book I’m currently engrossed with:
A stunning novel full of sly wit, compassion and insight, boasting writing that is lyrical, assured, evocative of time and place and seductive in its power to engage us.” -Houston Chronicle
Let me just state: The With of Little Italy has NONE of that.
I first abandoned as DNF and then attempted to come back to it, skimming and finally giving up. One star. Annoying and tedious. Still, it might appeal to those who want a quick conversation-driven story involving family mysteries and magic. Plenty of drama, I guess. I just need more substance; this aint my kind of book.