BookSparks’ Summer Reading Challenge 2017 is winding down, but we still have a few books to tell you about and giveaway before the Fall Reading Challenge 2017 begins!
I was so excited to finally get to read Sarah Domet’s novel, THE GUINEVERES (FlatironBooks). Being a Catholic, I love reading a narrative which includes my faith.
“Their parents gave them away.”
Not the best way to meet three other girls, who share your name. But in THE GUINEVERES (FlatironBooks), four girls, all named Guinevere, are for various reasons, abandoned at Sisters of the Supreme Adoration. And while each has her own unique sad story, the Guineveres couldn’t be any different. Gwen is all Hollywood glamour and dreams of becoming an actress; Ginny remembers her father painting and wants to be an artiste, just like him; Win’s olive skin and tough bravado doesn’t fool anyone for seeing the scared little girl she really is; and Vere holds on to the saint stories the nuns tell and believes her mother will soon come to take her back.
All four are counting their days until they turn eighteen and can leave, while living under the strict direction of Sister Fran and her (damn) whistle. Daily life is basically the same: rise, eat, pray, learn – rec time is usually watching some boring video such as “Danger and Dignity,” “The Guide to Good Grooming,” or “The Perils of Pants.” The girls trust one another and form their own family, the fierce, tough-talking and confident, The Guineveres. But after a failed escape they are punished and assigned to work in the dreaded Sick Ward. When four comatose men arrive, the girls work load doubles, but they see it as an answer to prayer and a possible way to leave.
Sarah Domet’s debut novel explores the wonder and utter terror of growing up. Despite their awful pasts, each girl still silently hopes and believes she can eventually have her own family. Domet creates complex characters we come to know and love. I found the narrative a rollercoaster of emotions and feelings. And while THE GUINEVERES is a beautifully written novel, it left me feeling sad. Sarah Domet has a brilliant career ahead of her.
Thanks to BookSparks and Flatiron books, we have one copy of THE GUINEVERES to giveaway. Just tell what you’re doing for the Labor Day weekend. We’ll announce a winner next week.