Since my best friend Amazon knows all the books I have read, they keep sending me suggestions. Thankfully, they have given up trying to get me to download 50 Shades-type books and are back to my normal fiction. Since I bought and read The Chocolate Money, they suggested Chanel Bonfire. It looks like a perfect beach read for summer....
By the time Wendy Lawless turned seventeen, she'd known for quite some time that she didn't have a normal mother. But that didn't stop her from wanting one...
GEORGANN REA didn't bake cookies or go to PTA meetings, she wore a mink coat and always had a lit Dunhill plugged into her cigarette holder. She went through men like Kleenex, and didn't like dogs and children. Georgann had the ice queen beauty of a Hitchcock heroine and the cold heart to match.
In "a searing memoir that reads like a novel" (Anne Korkeakivi, An Unexpected Guest). Wendy Lawless deftly charts the highs and lows of growing up with her younger sister in the shadow of an unstable, fabulously neglectful mother. Georgann, a real-life Holly Golightly who constantly reinvents herself as she trades up from trailer park to penthouse, suffers multiple nervous breakdowns and suicide attempts, while Wendy tries to hide the cracks in their fractured family from the rest of the world.
Chanel Bonfire depicts a childhood blazed through the refind aeries of the Dakota and the swinging town houses of London, while the girls' beautiful but damned mother desperately searchers for glamour and fulfillment. Ultimately, Wendy and her sister must choose between living their own lives and being their mother's warden--the hardest, most painful, yet most important decision each of them will ever make.
The author has a blog where she chronicles this book's evolution and resulting success. I am starting to read this one this week and will let you know what I think soon.
I am reading these days on my Kindle Paperwhite, which I bought about a month ago. My pretty iPad has a thick black stripe across the screen and it will be $249 to fix at the Apple store. I can't make up my mind what to do about it, so I bought the Kindle so I could keep reading. I love it...it is so portable and this one has a built-in light, so night reading is a breeze. I know so many people have Kindles, so again, I am late to the party.
I just read Silver Girl by Elin Hildebrand while I was on Nantucket. I think it is fun to read her books while you are there, it just feels authentic. That was one of my favorite books of hers. Her new one, Beautiful Day, is available on June 25th and I have it ready to download
as soon as it is ready.