finished reading

This is the best kind of chick-lit! A book about books! The characters are real and flawed, even secondary characters. Ava, the main character seemed a bit naive and oblivious to the realities of her world, but that didn't distract. Although Ava is the main character, the stories of both her daughter and her mother and aunt fleshed out the action.

I especially enjoyed the book group's discussions. And I love the themes the group chooses yearly.

From the publisher:
Ava’s twenty-five-year marriage has fallen apart, and her two grown children are pursuing their own lives outside of the country. Ava joins a book group, not only for her love of reading but also out of sheer desperation for companionship. The group’s goal throughout the year is for each member to present the book that matters most to them. Ava rediscovers a mysterious book from her childhood—one that helped her through the traumas of the untimely deaths of her sister and mother. Alternating with Ava’s story is that of her troubled daughter Maggie, who, living in Paris, descends into a destructive relationship with an older man. Ava’s mission to find that book and its enigmatic author takes her on a quest that unravels the secrets of her past and offers her and Maggie the chance to remake their lives.


Vicki said...

I've never read a book by this author, this book sounds really good.

The Gal Herself said...

Oh, I haven't read good chick lit in a while. I picked up a free copy of The Starter Wife by Gigi Levanie Grazer. Maybe I should move that up on the TBR pile.