So here we go with the first ever Bury Libraries Group Read. Please feel welcome to read along and add to the discussion.
The title that I have chosen is ‘The Memory Stones’ by Kate O’Riordan. I chose this book in the manner that I choose most of my books – I liked the cover! This is always the thing that grabs me first; it would take a very strong recommendation for me to pick up a book with a boring cover! I also thought that the author’s style sounded promising as a quote by Fay Weldon suggests:
‘She has the capacity to tell it how it is, not how we think it ought to be, and to tell it passionately’.
The synopsis on the back cover reads:
‘Mothers and daughters are not so entirely different from lovers. Both have the capacity to destroy and both to reconstruct once more.’
Nell Hennessy left rural Ireland at sixteen to have her daughter Ali. In over thirty years, she has never returned. Now she lives an uncluttered, elegant life in Paris, enjoying her independence, only broken from time to time by her lover Henri.
Until a phone all shatters the peace of her carefully constructed world…Her daughter and granddaughter may be in grave danger and Nell can no longer avoid the inevitable. She must return to her childhood home. But what prevented Nell making that journey before? What really came between her mother and herself? And how has the unspoken impinged on the lives of four generations of women?
A poignant and gripping exploration of love, loss and the nature of memory itself, THE MEMORY STONES is a study of the intricacies of mother / daughter relationships, observed with razor-sharp precision and great tenderness.’
Fingers crossed that this will be a great first Group Read and that it prompts everyone who reads along to join in with the discussion. Please submit any comments using the box below. If you are a Bury Libraries member and would like to borrow a copy please contact Unsworth Library directly. If you’re not already a member of our libraries joining us couldn’t be easier!
Nic (Reader Development Team)