This was a really good book. I haven’t read anything by her yet but I recognize her as an author & know she’s done good work. Quick summary:
“From the New York Times best-selling author of Commencement and Maine comes a gorgeous, sprawling novel about marriage—about those who marry in a white heat of passion, those who marry for partnership and comfort, and those who live together, love each other, and have absolutely no intention of ruining it all with a wedding. A rich, layered, exhilarating novel spanning nearly a hundred years, The Engagements captures four wholly unique marriages, while tracing the story of diamonds in America, and the way—for better or for worse—these glittering stones have come to symbolize our deepest hopes for everlasting love.”
I adore stories with different view points in different time periods that all come together somehow. However, I read in a way that doesn’t really help put together their connections. I’m a skimmer. I don’t like long descriptive sentences about nothing. I skip all that stuff. Similarly when I read about characters I don’t really care what their name is. Even if I love that character. I see them as E– and S– and couldn’t tell you their names to save me life. I first realized this when I was in an AP exam writing about some book (I think it was Crime & Punishment) and I could not remember the characters names. So I ended up writing my essay with, F– does this, P– does that. Blah blah. So when I get to the end of a book that I’ve skimmed in portions and the characters are somehow matching up, unless I’m hit over the head with it I won’t realize that that is the same E– character from before. BUT, I did realize it in this book. And I thoroughly enjoyed the connections that spanned the years. And actually now that I think about it, it wasn’t necessarily the characters that connected it was one engagement ring that went from person to person and year to year.
I read this book in every format possible. eBook, audiobook & print book.