Thursday, October 6, 2022

Shelf Control: If I Had Two Lives, by Abbigail N. Rosewood

Shelf Control is a feature where bloggers pick an unread book from our shelves and talk  about it a little. It's supposed to be a Wednesday thing but I have French Movie Mercredi on Wednesdays already, so. Shelf Control is hosted at

How and when I got it: 
If I Had Two Lives is a book that I "bought" twice; I received it as a review copy from Europa Editions- one of the very last, since I've now fallen off their mailing list. I hung on to it through a couple of rounds of weeding and then I forgot that I had it and picked it up at the used bookstore where I volunteer because it looked interesting.It looks like I received the galley in February of 2019 and I picked it up at the store just a few weeks ago. I've since given my galley copy to one of our local Little Free Libraries.
Why I Want to Read it:
It's been described as an evocative portrayal of post-war Vietnamese life and it's something I haven't read a lot about. It begins with a young girl growing up in a military camp who feels alienated from her mother and befriends another girl where she finds companionship and support. Then it picks up with the same character as an adult and examines her choices and the reasons behind them. Just kind of sounds like a good character study.

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