I’ve been eyeing this monthly meme for some time but haven’t participated because I hadn’t read any of the selected books. But that doesn’t matter because you are to find some connection, any connection to each of the books. Here is the list of rules:
Emma Chapman and Annabel Smith are the lovely creators of this meme and you can read more about it here.
Here is my chain:
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is a suspense/thriller following the lives of Amy and Nick Dunne who just celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary. Well, they didn’t celebrate it so to speak, because Amy has gone missing. Nick is the primary suspect and throughout this page turner, you just don’t know who to believe. Definitely read this book before seeing the movie.
No I am not sucking up to Emma Chapman but her debut How to Be a Good Wife left me quoting Liz Lemon with “What the What?!” Another tale of he said/she said but with the psychological thriller element and a feeling of unrest as you try to figure out who to believe. This was one of my favorites for 2013!
Looks like I am going with the wife/marriage theme, so be it. Robert Goolrick’s, A Reliable Wife left me reeling. Ralph Truitt lives in rural Wisconsin in the 1900s and is looking for…you guessed it…a reliable wife. He takes an ad out in the paper and before you know it Catherine Land arrives from Chicago and all hell breaks loose.
Not all marriages have to deal with murder, suspense and deceit. How about we look at a character titled “the wife” who spends her days writing letters to her husband divulging all the tedious day-to-day aspects of motherhood and marriage. Bedbugs, a fussy baby, stalled career, a lukewarm marriage punctuated with literary insight. Dept. of Speculation packs a punch in under 200 pages.
Calling Invisible Women takes the opposite approach from the previous book. Clover is in her late fifties and after spending years taking care of her husband and children, they no longer notice her. She truly disappears! She begins to seek out other women her age who are also not recognized or appreciated and feel invisible.
Oh, The Wife. This is one of my most favorite books and it seems fitting that I end this chain with a woman and wife who kicks ass and takes names. No she is not some superhero but Joan Castleman has the last laugh and I loved it! The opening line took hold of me and didn’t let go. I even wrote about it in my list of Top Ten Books That “Had” Me From the First Line: “The moment I decided to leave him, the moment I thought, enough, we were thirty-five thousand feet above the ocean, hurtling forward but giving the illusion of stillness and tranquility. Just like our marriage.”
So there we have it. Gone Girl is directly linked to The Wife due to the lovely leading ladies. One takes a more scheming and immediate approach, the other using patience and self-sacrifice. But in the end these women both get what they want.