When one of my favorite place for books recommended Maggie O’Farrell’s This Must Be the Place, I decided to order it. First, the library system, but the book must be too new since it has not caught the attention of the ordering queen. A book by the same title was in the system – by Kate Racculia published in 2010.
Next, to iBook – imagine my surprise to learn a third book has the same title: one by Anna Winger published in 2009. Last on the list is Maggie O’Farrell. Irrelevant, but a song released in 1983 also has the name as well as a movie with Sean Penn in 2011. Popular title.
Wondering what such a title could predict?
Winger’s debut novel tells of two people who find each other when they least expect it in a city haunted by history. Racculia involves four eclectic boarders, Mona and her daughter, who find their quiet life upended by the arrival of a widower in the middle of a nervous breakdown. O’Farrell’s book focuses on a marriage.
Maggie O’Farrell is one of my favorite writers. I found her with The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, then sought out her Instructions for a Heatwave, and The Hand That First Held Mine (see my reviews below).
Now I have the sample of her latest book on my iPhone – a reminder to try the library again, but if it doesn’t appear when I’ve finished my latest library stack, I may have to just just download it. I have time; the book is due to be published in the United State on July 19th.
Have you read any of O’Farrell’s books?