Connect Five Friday – Novels set in the 1920s

It’s Friday once again and that means it’s time for Connect Five Friday,   hosted at Book Date by Kathryn – the meme where we share five book/reading things that connect in some way.

I said last week I’d share some possibilities for some of the categories for the Popsugar Reading Challenge for 2021 – but I want to share some books for a category from this year – that I still have not completed. In the advanced section, one category is to chose a book set in the 1920s. I had made a fairly ong list, but could never set to any one to read. Here are a few I considered and then rejected (with summaries from Goodreads)

At first, I planned to read:

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As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

As I Lay Dying is Faulkner’s harrowing account of the Bundren familys odyssey across the Mississippi countryside to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Narrated in turn by each of the family members — including Addie herself — as well as others; the novel ranges in mood, from dark comedy to the deepest pathos. Considered one of the most influential novels in American….”

Then I considered:

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Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf. I have started this a number of times – just couldn’t get too far. Maybe in 2021.

From Michael Cunningham, author of The Hours:   “Mrs. Dalloway was the first novel to split the atom. If the novel before Mrs. Dalloway aspired to immensities of scope and scale, to heroic journeys across vast landscapes, with Mrs. Dalloway Virginia Woolf insisted that it could also locate the enormous within the everyday; that a life of errands and party-giving was every bit as viable a subject as any life lived anywhere;
Mrs. Dalloway also contains some of the most beautiful, complex, incisive and idiosyncratic sentences ever written in English, and that alone would be reason enough to read it. It is one of the most moving, revolutionary artworks of the twentieth century.”

Then, I thought of:

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The Paris Wife by Paula McLain. Still plan to read this, for one of the 2021 challenges

“A deeply evocative story of ambition and betrayal, The Paris Wife captures a remarkable period of time and a love affair between two unforgettable people: Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.”

Then, it was

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Anne of the Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery. I’ve read the first 2 of the Anne books but not this one.

I finally settled on and am reading:

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Moonlight over Paris by Jennifer Robson.  I’m glad I am as I am so enjoying it. Even catching glimpses of some of the notables from that era.

“Jennifer Robson takes readers to 1920s Paris in an enthralling new historical novel that tells the riveting story of an English lady who trades in her staid aristocratic life for the mesmerizing salons and the heady world of the Lost Generation.”

6 thoughts on “Connect Five Friday – Novels set in the 1920s

  1. Ha. I so relate to your thread here. I have started to read The Warmth of Other Suns several times. I’ve even gone so far to put it on hold at the library. I thought the audio version finally became available, but it ended up just being the audio version of the SUMMARY of the book. And I decided: that’s good enough. Instead of reading the 640 page book, I’m listening to a 1.5 hour summary. 🙂

    • Thanks Lisa. I have so much a mood reader this year. Books that I’d normally devour, I can’t get into. Hopefully that improves in the new year. But I have read a lot of enjoyable books. Really enjoying Robson’s book right now. Will have to check out her newer ones.

  2. I have enjoyed to of J Robson’s books so I’d probably go for that one too, its one I want to read for sure. I’ve read a good few of the Anne books but can’t remember if I’ve read that one – I get hazy! The Paris Wife would be good too. I am not scholarly enough to go for the Virginia Woolf one!!

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