Monday, April 25, 2022

A Review: One Day I Shall Astonish the World

This may be my first case of Bookstagram made me do it.  I've seen Nina Stibbe's name float around from time to time.  Her novels are known for their humor, which I definitely found in her newest book One Day I Shall Astonish the World.


In this story we follow Susan and her life long friendship with Norma. Stibbe tells the story of both Susan and Norma's lives and their marriage, career and family life. As is her style, Stibbe delivers this story with humor and clarity.  The relationship between Norma and Susan is complex, and deeply real and one I can relate to having a lifelong best friend.


It's been a long while since I've read a story of this style.  Stibbe artfully tells Susan's story from young adulthood starting in the 90's all the way to 2020 with the onset of covid.   This is the type of book that I would turn to in between intense books just to have something calm to read, but I would likely read it for a bit, set it down, read something else and then come back to it. This book's focus was more on personal development and the lifetime relationships instead of a plotline. If you're looking for a calm gentle read, add this to your TBR list. 

Additionally, I also listened to the audio version of this book. I found the narrator to be easy to understand and listen to.  Her pacing and enthusiasm was perfect.  

One Day I Shall Astonish the World will be available for purchase beginning May 3! 

Disclaimer: I received an advanced e-copy of this book free for review.  This however does not affect my opinions, as I do not leave a review for each book I receive. There are links to Amazon, clicking these links won't cost you anything but any purchase helps support this blog.  Thanks!

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