Friday, November 11, 2016

Book Review and Giveaway - Beauty and Attention by Liz Rosenberg

Book Synopsis
The riveting story of one brave young woman’s struggle to free herself from a web of deceit.

For misfit Libby Archer, social expectations for young women in Rochester, New York, in the mid-1950s don’t work. Her father has died, leaving her without parents, and her well-meaning friends are pressuring her to do what any sensible single girl must do: marry a passionate, persistent hometown suitor with a promising future. Yet Libby boldly defies conventional wisdom and plans to delay marriage—to anyone—by departing for her uncle’s Belfast estate. In Ireland, Libby seeks not only the comfort of family but also greater opportunities than seem possible during the stifling McCarthy era at home.

Across the Atlantic, Libby finds common ground with her brilliant, invalid cousin, Lazarus, then puts her trust in a sophisticated older woman who seems to be everything she hopes to become. Fraught with betrayal and long-kept secrets, as well as sudden wealth and unexpected love, Libby’s journey toward independence takes turns she never could have predicted—and calls on courage and strength she never knew she had.
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My Review

Beauty and Attention tells the story of Libby Archer.  It is the mid-1950's and her father has just passed away.  She decides to leave her home in Rochester, New York to visit relatives in Ireland and seek a new life with more options.

 

The novel is a retelling of Portrait of a Lady, which I have not read since college.  From what I recall of the Henry James novel, I thought the parallels were interesting and very well done.

 

The writing is beautiful.  Liz Rosenberg has a gift for lyrical storytelling, with lovely descriptions, well drawn characters, and smart dialogue.  I loved lines like:

 

 "'I want to see the world,' Libby said.  She leaned closer, hands clasped together in a gesture of appeal, as if to convince her guests.  'I thought it might comfort me.'

 

'The world is not necessarily a comforting place,' said the old woman, curving her veiny hand over Libby's and patting it.  'But I wish you luck.  Indeed I do'" (pp. 6 - 7).

 

I love historical fiction, and have always been fascinated by the 1950's.  The historical details in Beauty and Attention were especially well done, and are sure to please other fans of historical fiction.

 

This was a fascinating read, and I only wish it had been longer!  I look forward to reading other books by Liz Rosenberg in the future.

Author Bio

The author of more than thirty books for adults and young readers, Liz Rosenberg has published three bestselling novels, including The Laws of Gravity and The Moonlight Palace. She has also written five books of poems, among them 2008’s Demon Love, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and After Great Grief, forthcoming from the Provincetown Arts Press. Her poems have been heard on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion. Rosenberg’s books for young readers have won numerous awards and honors and have been featured on the PBS television show Reading Rainbow. A former Fulbright Fellowship recipient, Rosenberg teaches English at the State University of New York at Binghamton, where she earned the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. She lives in Binghamton with her daughter, Lily, and a shih tzu named Sophie. Although she has homes in New York and North Chatham, Massachusetts, her heart is still in Ireland.

 

Giveaway

One lucky reader will win a copy of Beauty and Attention.  The giveaway is open to readers in the U.S. and Canada, and ends on 11/18 at midnight.  The winner will be notified by email, and will need to respond within 48 hours.  The book will be mailed from the author or her publicist.

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I received a copy of this book from TLC Book Tours.

21 comments:

Marjorie/cenya2 said...

I would like to read this book, I have enjoyed all the reviews and the storyline is good.

Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

Thanks for being a part of the tour for this beautifully written book!

robin s. said...

This book sounds so interesting.

robin s. said...

This book sounds so interesting.

momo said...

Sounds like a great book that I would really enjoy for my winter reading time.

Crystal Gregg said...

This book sounds very intriguing. I would love to read it!

David Stuttard said...

This book looks like a very interesting read.

Sandy Klocinski said...

I would love to read this book

Deborah Wellenstein said...

The book sounds great-thanks!

beachgirl0323 said...

This book looks really good. I love historical fiction.

Jennifer said...

HIstorical fiction is my favourite! This sounds like an enjoyable read.

lana simanovicki said...

This is something that I definitely want to read.

Julie Waldron said...

This sounds like a great book! I love the era that it takes place in.

Julie Waldron said...

This looks like a great book.

Gabrielly Margutti said...

I would like to read this book.

Laura Fabiani said...

I love historical fiction and this one sounds wonderful!

laurasloves said...

I love books which take place in the 50's and this one sounds so good.
Laurie Emerson
lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

grammypennyann said...

I love trying new authors! Would love to read this!

lildevilgirl22 said...

I love fiction books

Laura said...

Sounds like a great read! Thanks! :)

Margaret said...

Sounds good. looking for something new to read