WWW Wednesday: 16th March 2022

Welcome to my March WWW Wednesday! This is a weekly (but I tend to do it monthly) challenge, hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. 

If you’re curious about what other people are reading right now too, join in! All you have to do is answer the three bookish questions below and put your blog link on Sam’s weekly post in the comments.

/ WHAT ARE YOU READING NOW?

Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow had me sucked in from page one. Joan, her sister and mother end up at her Aunt August’s house but we don’t initially know why. What is being unravelled is their family story, set to the deep heat and simmering tensions of a Memphis backdrop.

/ WHAT HAVE YOU RECENTLY READ?

Sorrow and Bliss by Meg Mason was announced as one of the book on the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022 longlist while I was reading it. For me, it definitely lived up to the hype – I was invested in Martha’s story about her struggle with mental illness and how that affects the relationships she has with her family. An excellent book.

I think Theatre of Marvels by Lianne Dillsworth sounds very intriguing – here’s the blurb, tell me what you think:

Crowds gather at Crillick’s Variety Theatre, where curiosity is satisfied with displays of intrigue and fear. They’re here for the star of the show – the Great Amazonia warrior. They needn’t know this warrior is in fact Zillah, a mixed-race actress from the East End fooling them each night with her thrilling performance. But something is amiss, and when Crillick’s new act goes missing Zillah feels compelled to investigate, knowing the fates that can befall women in Victorian London.

From the bustle of the West India Docks to the coffee houses of Fleet Street to the parlours of Mayfair, Zillah’s journey for answers will find her caught between both sides of her own identity, and between two men: her wealthy white admirer, and an African merchant appalled by her act.

Will Zillah be forced to confront the price of her own performance? And in risking everything can she also save herself?”

I’d love to know what you’re reading this week / plan on reading soon – let me know below!

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