What I Read: I gulped down Antonia White’s Frost in May several years ago, but honestly I remembered little of the plot. All I could recall of this first Virago Modern Classic was that it was a Catholic boarding school novel. I’m really glad I took the time to slow down and reread this book. Nanda Gray is about eight years old when her father converts from Protestantism to Catholicism. Nanda is intimidated and eager to please the nuns and make a place for herself at the convent’s school. Like any young girl (or, for that matter) Nanda must contend with lapses of faith, a love for fiction and writing that challenges school rules, and having her spirit continually and intentionally broken. The book does not have a happy ending in a traditional sense, but I think Nanda emerges from her ordeals at school more assured of who she is as a woman and a writer.
~~~ Stats ~~~
Started: 15 February 2015
Finished: 24 February 2015
Pages: 208 (yes, it took me that long to read a novella… life happened)
Challenges: TBR Reading Challenge, Back to the Classics Challenge — Novella, Virago Project
Stars: Four out of Five
What I’m Reading: I’m nearly done with the second installation of The Forsyte Sage, In Chancery. It is so damn good. All you Downton Abbey fans, ditch the show and pick up this series. All the drama, yet all British stiff upper-lippedness you desire!
What’s Up Next: This weekend looks to be busy. I’m going out of town with Sam for a night, there’s the wretched time-change and I work a crazy long shift on Sunday. YET, despite my schedule being quite full I am determined to participate in the Flash Readathon! My goal is to finish the Galsworthy, read a graphic novel or comic, and finish my audiobook of Cranford.