I’ve been reading up a storm recently, tossing one book off after another. But to catch up on my blogging, here is a double-duty post of two completely different books, one historical fiction and the other contemporary memoir.
The Miniaturist by Jesse Burton
This is a great example of a book I couldn’t put down, but didn’t think all that much of once I was finished. Set in seventeenth century Amsterdam, the teenage protagonist, Nella Oortman, arrives in the city full of optimism and nerves to begin her marriage to Johannes Brandt, a very successful, wealthy, and much older man. Her new household is unwelcoming, and while her new husband is kind to her, he is also disinterested in her sexually and romantically. Continue reading