Purity – Jonathan Franzen

Purity - Jonathan Franzen
Purity – Jonathan Franzen

Too big to finish before I head off to Nepal. And too big to take with me.

If I’d been gripped, then perhaps I would have made time to finish it, or made space in my hand baggage.

I’ve got to the end of the first section, and twenty something California graduate Pip with her complicated family, odd ball flatmates and dead end job is interesting enough, but rather too familiar from TV.

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How To Measure A Cow – Margaret Forster

How To Measure A Cow - Margaret Forster
How To Measure A Cow – Margaret Forster

Sarah Scott sets about making a new life in Workington, Cumbria. But from the start the involvement of The Man and then his colleague, The Woman, in this process make it clear that major events in Sarah’s history are being hidden.

As the story slowly reveals the reasons behind this secrecy and subterfuge, I realised nothing about either Sarah Scott or Tara Fraser is as it first appears.

And at the end, the person I felt most sympathy for was Mrs Armstrong; the only character who was honest about her own emotions and motivations, and the nature of friendship.