I haven’t had as much time as usual to scan the library shelves this week and so I have just two books to share:
“When French appraisers and auctioneers Édouard and Henri Delamare wander into a high-class brothel, both end up smitten with one of its employees, Lise. Henri proposes marriage to Lise, unaware that her “brother,” Sam, is actually her lover. Sam and Lise, who continue their relationship even after the wedding, end up plotting to rip off Henri with a phony kidnapping scheme. The conventions of noir make the outcome of the conspiracy foreseeable, but the beauty of the writing serves as a compelling contrast to the rough-hewn language usually found in bleak tales of despair, betrayal and death.”
I hadn’t heard anything aout this book but it caught my eye when I was looking for a V author for my A to Z Challenge. It looked work a try.
“Virginia Woolf was a feminist and a bohemian but without her servants; cooking, cleaning and keeping house – she might never have managed to write. Mrs Woolf and The Servants explores the hidden history of service. Through Virginia Woolf’s extensive diaries and letters and brilliant detective work, Alison Light chronicles the lives of those forgotten women who worked behind the scenes in Bloomsbury, and their fraught relations with one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers.”
I’ve heard great things about this book.
What did you find in the library this week?
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