Mid-week read: The Guineveres

The BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge is in full swing, and today’s book review is a surprise pop up blog tour. Sarah Domet’s The Guineveres is a haunting tale that unfolds like a lazy summer day.

The BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge is in full swing. Read next: Sarah Domet's The Guineveres, a haunting tale that unfolds like a lazy summer day.

From the Amazon:

To four girls who have nothing, their friendship is everything: they are each other’s confidants, teachers, and family. The girls are all named Guinevere―Vere, Gwen, Ginny, and Win―and it is the surprise of finding another Guinevere in their midst that first brings them together. They come to The Sisters of the Supreme Adoration convent by different paths, delivered by their families, each with her own complicated, heartbreaking story that she safeguards. Gwen is all Hollywood glamour and swagger; Ginny is a budding artiste with a sentiment to match; Win’s tough bravado isn’t even skin deep; and Vere is the only one who seems to be a believer, trying to hold onto her faith that her mother will one day return for her. However, the girls are more than the sum of their parts and together they form the all powerful and confident “The Guineveres, bound by the extraordinary coincidence of their names and girded against the indignities of their plain, sequestered lives.

The nuns who raise them teach the Guineveres that faith is about waiting: waiting for the mail, for weekly wash day, for a miracle, or for the day they turn eighteen and are allowed to leave the convent. But the Guineveres grow tired of waiting. And so when four comatose soldiers from the War looming outside arrive at the convent, the girls realize that these men may hold their ticket out.

The BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge is in full swing. Read next: Sarah Domet's The Guineveres, a haunting tale that unfolds like a lazy summer day.

My thoughts on The Guineveres:

This book has been on my to-read list for a while, so I was excited to get a chance to read it for a pop-up book review. Four girls named Guinevere have been abandoned at a convent, and all the girls want is to go home… or at least to leave. When the War brings comatose soldiers to the convent, the girls dream of life in the world and of making homes with their wounded soldiers.

I loved the way the story slowly unwound itself, revealing The Guineveres’ dark histories and glimpses into their futures. The narrator, Vere, often speaks in the first-person-plural, which is just one of the ways the author shows that these four girls think of themselves as one. But this is, also, a novel about growing up and growing apart, and by the book’s end, The Guineveres are no more.

Beautifully written, The Guineveres is a bittersweet tale of friendship and first love and the power of forgiveness.

 Do you have a favorite coming of age novel?

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18 comments

  1. This sounds like a really interesting read! I’m all for a good friendship story, even one that seems a little dark and heavy. Adding this to my list!

  2. Oh, that’s funny! It reminds me of a book I’m reading that had a Shirley Club. Everyone was named Shirley! Not as many nicknames as Guinevere, though.

  3. very lovely book, for sure… I love books about growing up, and also, growing apart is part of life sometimes… many times. The Guineveres seem to be very good! Hope you have a very lovely day!
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  4. This looks like an interesting read – one of those books you cannot put down until the end. White Oleander by Janet Fitch is one of the most memorable coming-of-age books I’ve read.

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