08-10-2007 02:13 PM
08-10-2007 04:24 PM
I'm so sorry about your losses from Katrina. I hope you're okay now. You sound strong and good. I could not be more honored than that you have chosen "Ahab's Wife" as the first book you replaced. I loved writing that novel--I had no contract and no agent when I wrote it. I just wrote the book that was in my heart to write. Sometimes I felt sort of ghostly readers gathered around me. I couldn't see them well, but they were encouraging. "That's pretty good," they would say, or "Keep going." Sometimes when I give readings or hear from people like you, I feel sure that something of your spirit was with me then.
I hope you enjoy reading "Abundance." They're different experiences, but the books have a lot in common, too. I'll enjoy hearing from you and what similarities and differences you see between the two books
I'm Jill from Texas and ex-Mississippi Gulf Coast. I have never done this before, but when I saw Naslund's name I had to join--if for nothing else--then to say something to her: lost my waterfront house and everything in it to Katrina, including an entire wall of books; have started replacing some of the books, and my very first replacement was "Ahab's Wife", which I read, then recommended to a land-based book club, and read again. This is my all-time favorite book. Ms. Naslund, I thank you for a book that was so insightful and intriguing, as well as intellectually satisfying. I will be buying "Abundance" and look forward to another good read.
08-11-2007 07:29 AM
08-12-2007 03:27 PM
Historical fiction is fascinating to me and I've really enjoyed the work of Margaret George (Autobiography of Henry VIII), and Philippa Gregory (The Boleyn Inheritance), just two out of many. Looking forward to catching up on the discussion..
08-12-2007 11:22 PM
My favorite genre is historical fiction. Most of the historical fiction I have read is by Philippa Gregory and Jean Plaidy. I picked up Abundance after seeing the film directed by Sophia Coppola. I decided it was about time I changed countries! I absolutely fell in love with the book! I am always inspired by strong women. I feel that MA was a very strong woman and her insistance that she be the main caregiver for her children was very touching. I am truly intrigued and would love to read more about MA. Any book suggestions?
I look forward to catching up on the discussions.
08-13-2007 03:39 PM - edited 08-13-2007 03:41 PM
After returning from a trip to Paris with sidetrips to Versailles and Compeigne, I was thrilled that B&N was featuring Abundance. I read several books on Marie Antoinette when I was younger, but it has been a while and I really only remember the main details of her life. So this was a perfect opportunity to relearn the story of her life after my interest was rekindled in France.
I look forward to finishing the book (I'm only on page 50) and reading everyone's impressions!
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I have read "Marie Antoinette" and enjoyed learning about this interesting historical character from such a unique perspective. What I liked best about this version of her life was the humanistic quality that the author gave to her. As frivolous as aspects of her life were, she still had an element of humanity that might not shine through in other accounts. I also want to mention that "Ahab's Wife" was one of the best books I have ever read. This book encompasses everything that I enjoy in a book - history, emotion, real events/characters, a sense of place. It was just brilliant. Coincidently enough I was reading it while on vacation in Cape Cod and while I was there I took a day trip to Nantucket. It was fun to walk down the streets that are described in the book. I tried to imagine what it would have looked like many years ago when the story takes place. Thank you for writing such an incredible novel that I know I will read again.