Welcome to Thursday, a day that once seemed lost, with nothing exciting happening anywhere. But then that changed, and today I am celebrating some of the bookish events around the blogosphere, like Lexxie’s Thirsty Thursday & Hungry Hearts; Kimberlyfaye’s TBR Thursday; and Christine’s Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts.
Today’s featured book is from my TBR pile on Pippa: A Long Time Gone, by Karen White, which I downloaded in August 2014. A long time hiding out!
For Lexxie’s post, here’s a snippet about food: (Vivien, our MC, has returned home to the Mississippi Delta after the end of her marriage).
“You must be Vivien. I’m Cora Smith. I’d shake your hand, but they’re covered in flour.” She moved her elbows in greeting, both of her hands fully immersed in a bowl of flour and seasonings as she coated chicken parts.
“It’s nice to meet you,” I said, staring at a serving platter full of fried chicken as my stomach grumbled. I’d not tasted anything fried in a long time. Mark had originally been charmed by my Southern cooking, until he’d gained a couple of pounds and forbidden everything with taste from our table and hired a microbiotic chef.
(OMG! I am drooling here…it has been a long time since I had fried chicken, too, but I can picture my mother “flouring” the parts!).
For TBR Thursday: I am not sure why this book has been hiding out so long. I love this author and have even read one of her newer books since I downloaded this one.
Here’s the blurb: When Vivien Walker left her home in the Mississippi Delta, she swore never to go back, as generations of the women in her family had. But in the spring, nine years to the day since she’d left, that’s exactly what happens—Vivien returns, fleeing from a broken marriage and her lost dreams for children.
What she hopes to find is solace with “Bootsie,” her dear grandmother who raised her, a Walker woman with a knack for making everything all right. But instead she finds that her grandmother has died and that her estranged mother is drifting further away from her memories. Now Vivien is forced into the unexpected role of caretaker, challenging her personal quest to find the girl she herself once was.
But for Vivien things change in ways she cannot imagine when a violent storm reveals the remains of a long-dead woman buried near the Walker home, not far from the cypress swamp that is soon to give up its ghosts. Vivien knows there is now only one way to rediscover herself—by uncovering the secrets of her family and breaking the cycle of loss that has haunted them for generations.
My Bookish/Non-Bookish Thoughts:
- I’ve only read and reviewed two books so far this week, but they were both totally engaging. Right now I’m reading the thriller Find Her, by Lisa Gardner;
- My February has been filled with doctor’s appointments, tax accountant meetings, etc.;
- Yesterday I took a break from the grind at The Elephant Bar, with Mac & Cheese, a Pomegranate Martini, and a salad:
- Tomorrow I’m having lunch with an old friend, one who celebrated her birthday earlier this week;
- I want to see a movie this weekend, since the Oscars are coming. I’m still pondering the choices;
- I’ll definitely be watching the Oscars on Sunday…
So…what does your Thursday—and upcoming weekend—look like? Come on by and share!