This new novel comes out today! And the jacket copy makes it sound like it’s chockfull of my own personal reading interests: People Having Personal Problems in War Time (or getting there; aka the genre of book where you slowly come to realize the sister of your British protagonist is a fascist). To wit:
This stunning novel the from author of The Glorious Guinness Girls follows the three enigmatic Guinness sisters as they take on married life and motherhood at the beginning of the 1930s.
It’s the dawn of the 1930s and the three privileged Guinness sisters, Aileen, Maureen and Oonagh, settle into becoming wives and mothers: Aileen in Luttrellstown Castle outside Dublin, Maureen in Clandeboye in Northern Ireland, and Oonagh in Rutland Place in London.
But while Britain becomes increasingly politically polarized, Aileen, Maureen and Oonagh discover conflict within their own marriages.
Oonagh’s dream of romantic love is countered by her husband’s lies; the intense nature of Maureen’s marriage means passion, but also rows; while Aileen begins to discover that, for her, being married offers far less than she had expected.
Meanwhile, Kathleen, a housemaid from their childhood home in Glenmaroon, travels between the three sisters, helping, listening, watching–even as her own life brings her into conflict with the clash between fascism and communism.
As affairs are uncovered and secrets exposed, the three women begin to realize that their gilded upbringing could not have prepared them for the realities of married life, nor for the scandals that seem to follow them around.
Juicy!!! I can’t wait to read it. (The publisher assures me you do not need to have read the first book in this series, btw.)
THE TASK: As always, I’ll be picking the winner at random. To enter, please share your own personal favorite book about People Having Personal Problems in War Time (or Close Enough).
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