Throwback Thursday meme is hosted by Renee@It’s Book Talk and is a way to share some of your old favourites as well as sharing books that you want to read that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on your TBR list while you continue to pile more titles on top of them 🙂 These older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, you’re welcome to use Renee’s pic as well. If you’d just link back to her @ It’s Book Talk she’d so appreciate it.
My Pick this week is:
Salt Blue by Gillian Morgan
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 2010 by Honno
“It is the reds, more than any other colour, that vibrate: cochineal, verbena, magenta, carmine, fuchsia, flaunting crocosmia, Chinese lacquer red, Marilyn Monroe lipstick red, and all the geranium combinations that lead to the deep red ox-blood, the same shade as Stella’s front doorstep.
Twenty-year-old Stella keeps her sumptuously coloured knitting wools stockpiled in her Victorian grandfather’s disused shop. They’re the only shafts of light illuminating a quietly conservative life—apart from a few starlit moments with her tentative first love.
Diagnosed as in need of a major life change by a glamorous friend newly back from “the Continent,” and funded by an unexpected windfall, the opportunity to escape is irresistible. Flying Pan Am to New York in search of her dreams, Stella is knocked off course by a chance meeting with a generous stranger, and with distance comes a new confidence and challenging insights. A colourful debut novel of tangible sensual pleasures, Salt Blue paints a striking picture of life in the 1950s.”
A very simple but beautifully written story that takes you on a journey from small town Wales to Long Island USA. Stella the main character is very real and I can imagine it’s based on a true story as it all sounds so lifelike.
This was a random library read from 2011 that I rediscovered whilst looking for something to post on the blog. I love the cover and remembered how much I enjoyed reading it that bought myself a new copy.