Sock Sunday with Book Clubs
I am REALLY excited to dive into the @words.between.worldsAugust pick, Monsoon Mansion. This was one I had to order immediately, as I’ve heard such rave reviews - which also made it the perfect book to kick off my Sunday morning! 📖☕️🐱
I absolutely LOVE reading with a diverse set of book clubs, as it brings so many unique novels to my to-read pile that I might not otherwise have found. This is a perfect example - Monsoon Mansion was not on my reading radar, but it sounds remarkable, and I cannot wait to fully devour it.
Synopsis: Cinelle Barnes was barely three years old when her family moved into Mansion Royale, a stately ten-bedroom home in the Philippines. Filled with her mother’s opulent social aspirations and the gloriously excessive evidence of her father’s self-made success, it was a girl’s storybook playland. But when a monsoon hits, her father leaves, and her mother’s terrible lover takes the reins, Cinelle’s fantastical childhood turns toward tyranny she could never have imagined. Formerly a home worthy of magazines and lavish parties, Mansion Royale becomes a dangerous shell of the splendid palace it had once been.
In this remarkable ode to survival, Cinelle creates something magical out of her truth—underscored by her complicated relationship with her mother. Through a tangle of tragedy and betrayal emerges a revelatory journey of perseverance and strength, of grit and beauty, and of coming to terms with the price of family—and what it takes to grow up.
Stay tuned for a full review!