While a heat wave rages in 1970s London, a charming family is in crisis. The head of the household--Robert Riordan--has disappeared. The youngest daughter, Aoife, who left for New York, returns to help her family deal with her father's disappearance. Aoife and her sister Monica who have a strained relationship attempt to settle their differences. … Continue reading Book Review: Instructions for A Heat Waves by Maggie O’Farrell.
Though its hard to believe, in the not too distant past women could be placed in insane asylums by their husbands or families if they refused to conform to norms. Women could be sent to psychiatric institutes indefinitely if a family member said a woman was not behaving as she should. The novel begins by … Continue reading Book Review: The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox