The Book of V a novel

by Anna Solomon

Book, 2020



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New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2020


A GOOD MORNING AMERICA BOOK CLUB PICK A BELLETRIST BOOK CLUB PICK For fans ofThe Hoursand Fates and Furies, a bold, kaleidoscopic novel intertwining the lives of three women across three centuries as their stories of sex, power, and desire finally converge in the present day. Lily is a mother and a daughter. And a second wife. And a writer, maybe? Or she was going to be, before she had children. Now, in her rented Brooklyn apartment she's grappling with her sexual and intellectual desires, while also trying to manage her roles as a mother and a wife in 2016. Vivian Barr seems to be the perfect political wife, dedicated to helping her charismatic and ambitious husband find success in Watergate-era Washington D.C. But one night he demands a humiliating favor, and her refusal to obey changes the course of her life--along with the lives of others. Esther is a fiercely independent young woman in ancient Persia, where she and her uncle's tribe live a tenuous existence outside the palace walls. When an innocent mistake results in devastating consequences for her people, she is offered up as a sacrifice to please the King, in the hopes that she will save them all. In Anna Solomon'sThe Book of V., these three characters' riveting stories overlap and ultimately collide, illuminating how women's lives have and have not changed over thousands of years.… (more)

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LibraryThing member froxgirl
This trio of tales in the manner of The Hours by Michael Cunningham did not resonate with me. The biblical Esther; a politician’s wife, humiliated by her ambitious and sexually abusive husband; and a mother of two without ambition to be more – none were particularly inspiring nor dramatic.
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There’s a surprise twist between two of the stories, some magic and magical realism by Esther, and the appearance of the unknown-to-me Vashti, Esther’s predecessor wife, that add flavor but the meal still feels endless and purposeless. The writing is fluid and enjoyable, but I couldn’t appreciate the protagonists nor the plots.

Quote: “Something has cracked in her, a pocket of fear she didn’t know existed has burst its seams and it turns out to be infinite, an infinitely renewable resource that rages through her like fire; if in one moment it calms to coal, the next a wind comes through, reigniting the flames.”
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LibraryThing member bookwyrmm
I honestly do not know how to feel about this book - I did enjoy reading it, but something just felt incomplete.

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