Last year when I was vacationing with my dear friend and reading buddy, she was in the process of reading Kristin Hannah‘s novel Winter Garden when she started sobbing.
“You have to read this book!” she said between tears.
It might seem strange that a friend would recommend a book that made her cry. But she knows how much I love a book that I can get emotionally involved with.
For some reason, I’d never read any of Hannah’s novels, but when I read Winter Garden, I had the same reaction as my friend did. It’s the story of a mother and her daughters, and the way events in the mother’s past have prevented her from developing a loving relationship with her daughters.
After reading Winter Garden, I set out on a mission to read more of Hannah’s work. I read Night Road, True Colors, and Firefly Lane, and I’ve really enjoyed the way she gets to the heart of our most complex and important relationships – between friends, sisters, parents and children.
So I was thrilled to have an opportunity to interview Kristin for All Things Girl magazine, and to read a copy of her brand new book, Home Front, released this week. Of all her books, I believe I enjoyed this one the most. And I’m not alone – Hannah herself says that Home Front “touched her more deeply than any of her other books.”
To find out why, check out Part One of my interview, and my review. And make it a point to read All Things Girl next Wednesday, for Part Two of the interview, and a chance to win a new copy of Home Front.
For the past 30 minutes my new baby grandson has been dawdling over his dinner, sucking ferociously for a few seconds and then slowing down to savor the experience of this sweet substance in his mouth and the texture and shape of the nipple. He occasionally hums softly to himself, rolls his dark baby blue eyes, and then, with a deep sigh, takes a few more gulps.
He’s milking this meal for all it’s worth.
I’ve been doing that with my reading today, on a dreary afternoon here in suburban Dallas. Like Connor, I’m rather lethargic – I’ve been reading a page or two in Winter Garden, an emotionally spell-binding novel by Kristin Hannah, and then setting it down to close my eyes for a quick
forty twenty winks.
But there’s more than laziness accounting for the milking of this novel. The novel contains a story within the story in which one the main characters recalls her experiences during the siege of Leningrad during WWII. Hannah has done a fabulous job of recreating a horrific historic occurrence, so fabulous in fact, that there’s only so much I can bear to read at one sitting even though I’m panting to find out what’s going to happen next.
Additionally, at less than 100 pages from the end, I hate to finish it late on a Sunday night when I have no other books available. (I know, if I’d just learn to read in the eReader, I wouldn’t have this problem.) So I’m happy to eke every morsel out of these last few pages.
How about you? Do you ever “milk” your current read to make it last longer?