Thursday, March 10, 2011

What is Elizabeth Buchan reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: Elizabeth Buchan, author of Separate Beds.

Her entry begins:
I am deep into Burying the Bones: Pearl Buck in China [US title: Pearl Buck in China: Journey to The Good Earth] by Hilary Spurling, a riveting biography of the author of The Good Earth which sold millions all over the world. The author’s evocation of China of the early 1900’s and its effect on the girl – an American who thought and dreamt in Chinese - as she struggled to find her place in the world, having been brought up in household of a fanatical missionary father is...[read on]
Among the early praise for Separate Beds:
"An achingly touching portrait of a marriage and family in crisis... Buchan masterfully captures the Nicholson’s personal story with her richly drawn characters"
--Publishers Weekly

"Spot-on observations, richly drawn characters and a dry British humor that proves even the most hellish predicaments can be entertaining"
--People Magazine

"Buchan speaks straight to the heart... This is a gripping tale"
--Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"A beautiful portrayal of family relationships"
--Daily Telegraph

"She understands perfectly the disappointments, compromises and challenges… as the passion and promises of youth are gradually eroded by the realities… an astute exploration of fragile relationships between husband and wife, parents and children which is timeless"
--You Magazine, Mail on Sunday

"Like Elizabeth Buchan's previous novels, a gem of a read: intelligent, deftly plotted, and uncommonly perceptive about the myriad emotional subtleties that underpin family life"
--The Guardian
Learn more about the book and author at Elizabeth Buchan's website and blog.

The Page 69 Test: Separate Beds.

Writers Read: Elizabeth Buchan.

--Marshal Zeringue