Friday, December 09, 2011

A favourite book

Do you have a favourite book that you return to every so often? I just finished reading Jeanette Winterson’s brilliant memoir, Why be happy when you could be normal?, and hadn’t become ensconced in anything else, and was tidying the bookshelf in my bedroom (which contains my very favourite books) and found Homestead by Rosina Lippi. It is a slim novel, simply but beautifully written, winner of the Pen/Hemingway Award, and the quote from the review in the New York Times speaks for me - “A novel of great depth, compassion and tenderness.”

It is a series of interlocking stories of three families living in a remote Austrian village in the Alps, from 1909-1977. I don’t like writing book reviews. All I will say is that I loved this book so much the first time I read it that I bought a copy for all of my friends’ birthdays that year. I am reading it again now, and wishing that I could write about families and emotions as well as Rosina Lippi does in this book.

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