Well, I am going to be honest, this isn't my favorite Kristin Hannah book...not even close, but it's also not my least favorite. I spent the first half, yes, HALF, of this book absolutely hating the main female characters, but The second half of the book is where this story shines.
Hedy Lamarr's life before Hollywood and her contributions to the scientific community have long gone unknown to the general public. The fact that her work serves as the largely unacknowledged foundation of the technology you are likely using to read this review (your mobile phone, wifi, etc.) is just a prime example of the way women were written out of history for far too long.
Told from a Chinese-American girl's perspective during the time of women's suffrage in the antebellum south, this story covers intersectionality, racism, sexism, feminism and a love interest that hints at miscegenation - all topics that are still very much relevant today.
Restrained magic, prophesies, friendship, angry ancestral spirits, betrayal, UNrestrained magic, Orisha gods…this was a great ride!
The premise of the book is truly interesting to me, and it is obvious that Laster did her research in order to write this book. But, while this story started out strong with an opening scene that's sure to get your heart rate up, as it gets into the world-building and story, it just doesn't really ever pick up again.
I really enjoyed this book! While the book dragged a bit at first and took a while to get going, a slow burn for sure, I enjoyed learning about the inner workings of BP and watching the women's relationship evolve.
The Starless Sea by Erin MorgensternPublished by: Doubleday BooksPublish Date: 2019Genre(s): Fiction, Fantasy, Magical Realism, LGBT, Books About BooksHB&W Rating: 3View on GoodreadsBuy on Amazon: Barnes & Noble, Book Depository Synopsis Zachary Ezra Rawlins is a graduate student in Vermont when he discovers a mysterious book hidden in the stacks. As he turns the pages, … Continue reading The Starless Sea
Based on true events, Del Munro is struggling to put food on the table, so when a traveling evangelist comes to town and offers to take the girls to the beach, Del jumps at the chance. But the girls don't return, and Del is fuzzy on the details, and where did she get the money for that new chair?
The title of the book is Educated, and while education is definitely a central element to the story, the story isn't even about that. It's about abuse in its many and varied forms, the effects of mental illness, and discovering the truth about the world and yourself FOR yourself.
The first book I read by this author was Beartown. I really disliked it. The second book I read by this author, and only because I had heard SO many good things about it, was A Man Called Ove. I LOVED it. And so I found myself in a 50/50 split, and I have never been so torn on an author. When several people recommended Anxious People to me, I had my reservations. A Man Called Ove had a certain magic that is extremely difficult to replicate, and I really didn't think Anxious People could be on the same level, but I read it anyway hoping to break that 50/50 split and definitively lean one way or the other on Backman as a writer. After reading this book, I'm still 50/50. Let me break that down.