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The Book of V. ✹ [BOOKS] ✭ The Book of V. By Anna Solomon ❃ – Buyprobolan50.co.uk Anna Solomon s kaleidoscopic novel intertwines the lives of a Brooklyn mother in , a senator s wife in s Washington, DC and the Bible s Queen Esther, whose stories of sex, power and desire overlap and Anna Solomon s kaleidoscopic novel intertwines the lives of a Brooklyn mother in , a senator s wife in s Washington, DC and the Bible s Queen Esther, whose stories of sex, power and desire overlap and ultimately converge showing how women s roles have and have not changed over thousands of yearsLily is a mother and a daughter And a second wife And a writer, maybe Or she was going The Book Epub / to be, before she had children Now, in her rented Brooklyn apartment, she s grappling with her sexual and intellectual desires while also trying to manage her roles as a mother and a wifeVivian Barr seems to be the perfect political wife, dedicated to helping her charismatic and ambitious husband find success in Watergate era Washington DC But one night he demands a humiliating favor, and her refusal to obey changes the course of her life along with the lives of othersEsther is a fiercely independent young woman in ancient Persia, where she and her uncle s tribe live a tenuous existence outside the palace walls When an innocent mistake results in devastating consequences for her people, she is offered up as a sacrifice to please the king, in the hopes that she will save them allFollowing in the tradition of The Hours and The Red Tent, The Book of V is a bold and contemporary investigation into the enduring expectations and restraints placed on women s lives.


About the Author: Anna Solomon

Anna Solomon is the author of The Book of V forthcoming from Henry Holt on May , , Leaving Lucy Pear, and The Little Bride, a two time winner of the Pushcart Prize, and the curator of unkemptreallife on Instagram Her short fiction and essays have appeared in publications including The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe, One Story, Ploughshares, and Slate Solomon is co editor with Eleanor Henderson of The Book Epub / Labor Day True Birth Stories by Today s Best Women Writers Previously, she worked as a radio journalist Anna was born and raised in Gloucester, Massachusetts and lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and two children.



10 thoughts on “The Book of V.

  1. Elyse Walters Elyse Walters says:

    Ebook syncAudiobook narrated by Dara Rosenberg, Eva Kaminsky, and Gabra ZackmanThe story begins in Brooklyn 2016 Lily is reading a bookabout Esther to her two little daughters Close the book now Close it Look The story s simple Persia, once upon a time King banishes queen Queen refuses to come to his party and parade in front of his friends naked, is what most people think you wanted and he sends her away, or has her killed No one knows She s gone Vashti, this is Her n Ebook syncAudiobook narrated by Dara Rosenberg, Eva Kaminsky, and Gabra ZackmanThe story begins in Brooklyn 2016 Lily is reading a bookabout Esther to her two little daughters Close the book now Close it Look The story s simple Persia, once upon a time King banishes queen Queen refuses to come to his party and parade in front of his friends naked, is what most people think you wanted and he sends her away, or has her killed No one knows She s gone Vashti, this is Her name is Vashti You know this And then the king gets sad and wants another wife so he calls for all the maidens to come and win his affections A maiden A maiden is a girl Or a woman A woman who isn t married Kind of Right And the maidens come and put on lots of make up and smelly oils But when it s time for the beauty pageant, the king chooses the maiden who doesn t try to hard, the one with just a dab of lipstick, or whatever they used Esther She also happens to be Jewish, though she doesn t mention that She s very pretty, yes No, she s not a princess She s an orphan, with an uncle who looks out for her, but then this uncle also winds up getting her into trouble because he refuses to bow down to the king s minister, and the minister gets mad, really mad, and decides it s time to kill all Jews And then things get kind of messy, but the details aren t that important and most of them contradict each other anyway, which is why I m tired of reading you this book and why we are going to put it away for a while I know you like it, but I need a break Lily tosses the book out of the girls bedroom, into the hallway It s a children s book, the biblical story dumbed down, but still it s convoluted, full of plot holes and inconsistencies The only thing the children need to remember anyway, is that the second queen, Esther, is the hero However..Lily wants to shove the book deep into the kitchen trash We ll learn why Lily is ha bitter. as the author, Anna Solomon, reaches across centuries to tell the story of three different women who were governed by men Lily s husband is deputy director of programs for Rwanda at the major humanitarian aid organization She is his second wife Lily is a mother, daughter, and second wife She is grappling with her sexual and intellectual desires, and her role as mommy to two daughters We meet Vee, born Vivian Barr , in Washington DC She was the daughter of the late Senator Barr of Massachusetts and granddaughter to Governor Fitch of Connecticut Vee, seems like the perfect paper doll cut out political wife dedicated to supporting her successful charismatic ambitious husband during the Watergate era in Washington DC Her story captivates and challenges every aspect of life Esther, is the fiercely independent heroine in ancient Persia She lives with her uncle outside the palace walls When a mistake happens one night there are horrific consequences and she is offered up as a sacrifice to the king. to save the people This book is absolutely deliciously engaging Smart, sexy, tantalizing, and flamboyantly powerful Womanhood is explored battles with men examined intimately Stories interweave and collide I didn t want to part too long with this story I started with the audiobook while hiking audiobook bliss.but I was dying to get back to the characters, their trials and tribulations, so I read the second half during much of the late evening into early hours of the morning The writing is often right up in our face It gave me a kinda reading high She should have resisted She should have known what to expect She should have made a speech She should have spit in his face, should have danced naked, shouldn t have drunk so much, should have buttoned her collar She keeps thinking back to the Jefferson Airplane concert where she was dancing with her friends when three boys moved on them, treading arms between their legs and up there skirts trying to No one paid attention to the girls shouts they had to flee, run back to the motel, lock the door They kept laughing, until one of them cried They should have worn jeans, not skirts Or You had to understand it couldn t be prevented She is eighteen, ripe as a rabbit Her stomach sits on her lap Her feet are being rubbed The midwife doing the rubbing discreetly avoids the bulging knuckles on Esther s big toes, remnants of her beastly transformation, but that does not mean she or any of the midwives trusts her However They will never go back to pink, just as her ears and skin and toes will never return to their original forms You had to know she didn t escape.Smart girl, very brave, became a beast It s a wonderful book especially for women Although I think men will equally enjoy this novel The supporting characters add thought provoking fascination as well as the main characters Anna Solomon gives us historical perspectives Judaism perspectives A new way to look at the biblical story of Esther Political perspectives Domestic and liberation perspectives I put the book down a few times to reflect on my younger self as a maiden, memories of being employed with a prestigious high powered company in my 20 s, my role and responsibilities as a Jew, early marriage days, and the complexity of motherhood, wife, and independent woman I m left looking at women s shame, susceptibility, worship, family, silence, loneliness, community, and self expressionShhhh. a little tidbit My Hebrew birth name is Esther The biblical meaning, symbolically, means hidden, or secretEsther, the beautiful Jewish wife of the Persian king Ahasuerus, and her cousin Mordecai, persuaded the king to retract an order for the general annihilation of Jews throughout the empire Esther was viewed as an independent heroine in feminist interpretations of the Purim story a time when Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination by the courage of a young Jewish woman named Esther.Purim is a Jewish festive holiday which commemorates the saving of Jewish people from Haman, the adviser to the Persian king


  2. Lib Lib says:

    Unfortunately, this is not at all what I expected It s me though, because I m really not a fan of Biblical historical figure retellings with a modern spin It s a popular thing now to spin a woman from the Bible as a modern day feminist, and this book is akin to that It s something I actually dislike immensely.


  3. Barbara Barbara says:

    I listened to the Audible production of The Book of V by Anna Solomon, narrated by Dara Rosenberg, Eva Kaminsky, and Gabra Zackman The narrators are brilliant After I finished the audio, I immediately started it again, as I wanted to rehear There are so many nuances and layers to the story In a way, I wished I would have purchased the novel so I could go back and read For me, this is a reading bookthan one to listen because of the prose of author Anna Solomon For me, this is an inc I listened to the Audible production of The Book of V by Anna Solomon, narrated by Dara Rosenberg, Eva Kaminsky, and Gabra Zackman The narrators are brilliant After I finished the audio, I immediately started it again, as I wanted to rehear There are so many nuances and layers to the story In a way, I wished I would have purchased the novel so I could go back and read For me, this is a reading bookthan one to listen because of the prose of author Anna Solomon For me, this is an incredibly moving novel.Solomon explores women s struggles through the ages, beginning with the biblical story of Esther of ancient Persia I am not a bible scholar, so this is my introduction to Esther and Vashti Solomon caused me to google the story, of which biblical scholars have differing views I like Solomon s view Esther becomes queen when Vashti doesn t produce an heir and refuses her husband s demand of a degrading act Esther doesn t want to be queen, is forced into the fray by her Uncle So, Esther is the only woman who parades in front to the King for his choice in a new Queen Esther choses to be without any makeup or adornment, attempting to look plain because she doesn t want to be selected The King picks her because he likes that she was natural Esther is not pleased, but it provides her an opportunity to save her people.Meanwhile, in another century is Vee Kent whose husband is a Rhode Island Senator in 1973 Vee is on the cusp of the woman s right movement Her ideals of her place in society clashes with the old boy network Although Vee has a generational pedigree, making her the perfect politician wife, she is banished when she refuses to do something her husband demands This is part of the story that I found enraging Vee decamps to an old friend s Rosemary home where she tries to find her equilibrium.Lily is a contemporary mother living in 2016 Brooklyn She struggles with her role as a mother and woman Her mother, Ruth, uses innuendo to ridicule Lily for wanting to be nothing but a mother Ruth is perplexed as to why Lily isn t becoming a full time feminist Lily questions herself as being relevant and worthy, for not becoming what she was meant to become.These three main characters have their specific chapters, and Solomon weaves a story that provides illumination that women are fighting the same fights through the centuries Vee s story is humbling in her strength to find independence Lily learns about the complexities of her mother after her mother dies This is a feminist tale that provides insight of the same yet changing women struggles for independence and self worth Male debasement may be less, but the fight for self realization continues


  4. Nursebookie Nursebookie says:

    I enjoyed this book about the transcending role of women over three time frames, beginning with Lily from Brooklyn in 2016 as a mother and a second wife Vivian a wife of an ambitious politician in the 1970 s who fights against misogyny and the biblical Queen Esther using her beauty as power to save her people from the Persian King This is a beautifully written book that creatively weaves the illustrious stories from biblical to contemporary, giving that feminist voice that explores sexuality, I enjoyed this book about the transcending role of women over three time frames, beginning with Lily from Brooklyn in 2016 as a mother and a second wife Vivian a wife of an ambitious politician in the 1970 s who fights against misogyny and the biblical Queen Esther using her beauty as power to save her people from the Persian King This is a beautifully written book that creatively weaves the illustrious stories from biblical to contemporary, giving that feminist voice that explores sexuality, family, and marriage, and freedom that women through the ages have fought to earn This is a book that will have you searingly examine your role as a woman now in this day and age, and a story that will stay with you for some time


  5. Nicole Chinnici Nicole Chinnici says:

    The Book of V is a complex and interesting story that left me with mixed feelings She will tell her daughters the truth, Lily thinks Not yet, but sooner than her mother told her Not the details, but the gist She will tell them The type of woman you imagine yourself becoming does not exist This book explores womanhood and how it has and hasn t changed over time through the stories of three different women Lily, a mother living in Brooklyn in 2016 Vivian, a senator s wife in 1970s Washin The Book of V is a complex and interesting story that left me with mixed feelings She will tell her daughters the truth, Lily thinks Not yet, but sooner than her mother told her Not the details, but the gist She will tell them The type of woman you imagine yourself becoming does not exist This book explores womanhood and how it has and hasn t changed over time through the stories of three different women Lily, a mother living in Brooklyn in 2016 Vivian, a senator s wife in 1970s Washington, D.C and the Bible s Queen Esther The voices of each narrative are distinct, making it easy to follow and always know who s timeline you are reading And the way the stories intertwined and played off each other was interesting Esther s narrative did take a turn from the Biblical version, which didn t entirely work for me I don t mind a retelling that changes or embellishes elements, but this added a magical realism element that didn t quite sit right with the rest of the story The Book of V kept me intrigued and reading albeit somewhat slowly right up until the end This isn t exactly a fast paced novel Instead, it scharacter study of these women and how their lives fit into the larger theme of womanhood through the ages I did close it feeling unsatisfied and after thinking about it for several days, I m still not entirely sure why I feel like I should be the right reader for this, as a thirty something woman who s had to figure out my place in life But despite the intriguing premise and some powerful writing, it just didn t entirely click for me Although The Book of V didn t entirely work for me, I do think it will be a hit for the right reader If this sounds like your kind of book, go ahead and give it a chance Thanks to the publisher for providing an arc of this edition via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review


  6. Konstantin Konstantin says:

    I read this out of order not as the chapters were arranged, but rather following each story individually in a linear order and I m not yet sure whether that was a mistake though I lean towards yes , but hopefully it will help me learn to engage with works of fictionliberally in the future.As for the book itself, it had the potential to be a literal epic but ended up depriving its characters of agency, coming up with stupid subplots, and being predictable, boring, essentially plotles I read this out of order not as the chapters were arranged, but rather following each story individually in a linear order and I m not yet sure whether that was a mistake though I lean towards yes , but hopefully it will help me learn to engage with works of fictionliberally in the future.As for the book itself, it had the potential to be a literal epic but ended up depriving its characters of agency, coming up with stupid subplots, and being predictable, boring, essentially plotless, and, yes, unambitious Personally, I thought it was a massive disappointment


  7. Leslie Lindsay Leslie Lindsay says:

    Bold, elegant, blisteringly raw and delicately complex reimaginin of the biblical Queen Esther, interwoven with contemporary characters, about being a strong, passionate woman in a male dominated world I just finished THE BOOK OF V Henry Holt, May 2020 by Anna Solomon, and this bookoh this book I cannot rave about it enough I scrambled to order everything else she has ever written and am anxiously awaiting their arrival This book made me think, it made me talk, it made me write THE BOO Bold, elegant, blisteringly raw and delicately complex reimaginin of the biblical Queen Esther, interwoven with contemporary characters, about being a strong, passionate woman in a male dominated world I just finished THE BOOK OF V Henry Holt, May 2020 by Anna Solomon, and this bookoh this book I cannot rave about it enough I scrambled to order everything else she has ever written and am anxiously awaiting their arrival This book made me think, it made me talk, it made me write THE BOOK OF V is highly immersive I was immediately struck by the richness of the lives created in these characters There s Lily Rubenstein, a Brooklyn mom of two daughters in 2016 Brooklyn she s a second wife, an older mom, and struggling to find the balance between mothering and her career ambitions Vivian Kent Vee , a senator s wife in 1974, and the Bible s Queen Esther All of these lives are so viscerally told, so complex, bold, and ambitiously drawn, that I was in awe of both Solomon s breadth of knowledge, her concise, compassionate writing, her obvious research, and the elegant structure of these narratives, which parallel beautifully, through subtle metaphor and shared experiences THE BOOK OF V is one of those books I could easily have devoured in 24 hours, but I wanted to savor it, so I read slower, studying the structure, the set up, and these narrative arcs that shimmered in authentic detail You might wonder how these women s lives are going to connect and they do in surprising, emotional, and gratifying measures Each of the women s lives Lily, Vee, and Esther radiate and yet pull in, heightening their individual stories into a tighter,cohesive whole This is one of those books that will be lauded for years to come It will be discussed at book clubs and with mothers and daughters and grandmothers, too It will be spotlighted in feminist circles and publications It s just that good I found some similarities between THE BOOK OF V and THE RED TENT Anna Diamont , and Chloe Benjamin s THE IMMORTALISTS, but also the work of J Courtney Sullivan, especially in the structure in her book, THE ENGAGEMENTS meets NAAMAH Sarah Blake parts of THE BOOK OF V also reminded me of Jennifer Wiener s MRS EVERYTHING, especially the 1970s aspect and perhaps also the writing style of Caroline Leavitt For all my reviews, including author interviews, please see www.leslielindsay.com Always with a Book Special thanks to Henry Holt for this review copy All thoughts are my own


  8. Danielle Danielle says:

    The format of this book threw me a bit at first Just as I would get immersed in one heroine s story, it would abruptly switch Once I got used to that though, I really enjoyed it Though I would agree that some parts drag a bit, the writing is solid throughout I enjoyed the last few chapters particularly, and unlike a lot of books, the ending was satisfying without being overly decisive.


  9. Jill Jill says:

    The type of woman you imagine yourself becoming is not exist The Book of V is nothing if not ambitious The integration of the biblical Esther of ancient Persia story with the stories of Vee a senator s wife in Watergate Washington and Lily, a modern day woman with a somewhat retro lifestyle is imaginatively and cleverly achieved.It helps to know the Purim story Esther is a beautiful Jewess who has been chosen to marry the King of Persia after his first life, Vashti, is banished, and eventua The type of woman you imagine yourself becoming is not exist The Book of V is nothing if not ambitious The integration of the biblical Esther of ancient Persia story with the stories of Vee a senator s wife in Watergate Washington and Lily, a modern day woman with a somewhat retro lifestyle is imaginatively and cleverly achieved.It helps to know the Purim story Esther is a beautiful Jewess who has been chosen to marry the King of Persia after his first life, Vashti, is banished, and eventually saves her people from an horrific fate Reduced to its elements, it s about a pure and beautiful queen and a malleable king and his evil advisor Haman Mysterious Vashti is delegated to the sidelines and servesof a metaphorical function.Lily who has chosen motherhood and homemaking is preparing her young daughters for a play that will recreate the story of Esther It takes time for the reader to understand how Vee, who is humiliated by a real sleazebag of a husband, fits in but fit in she does in an unexpected way All three women are initially powerless in their choices and gradually accept their own power to craft a life of greater authenticity or meaning.The book is unabashedly feminist writing and that s where it both succeeds and fails for me On one hand, it s intelligently written with a very welcome revisionist take on the story of Esther which, throughout the book, is the strongest of the three intertwining tales And certainly, the focus on the parallelisms among women of vastly different time periods makes the solid point that patriarchal norms have long been established and even embraced.But as a woman who was parented by a mother and father who instilled in me that the sky was the limit and who reached adulthood in the shadow of Watergate, the narrow focus on the archetypes of women couldn t help but chafe Despite myself, I felt that the women were placeholder metaphors rather than fully fleshed out characters While I admired the cleverness of Ms Solomon s vision and the beauty of her prose, I still yearned for a littlenuance


  10. Robin Robin says:

    I was very excited about the press this book was getting and couldn t wait to read it I have to admit, I didn t like it at first I had some issues with the Esther story it may just be a matter of personal taste, but I don t like reading about the supernatural In my mind, it wasn t necessary The Vivian story and the Lily story wereengaging, especially towards the third part of the book I did like the ending very much for all three stories Overall a good read and one of the bes I was very excited about the press this book was getting and couldn t wait to read it I have to admit, I didn t like it at first I had some issues with the Esther story it may just be a matter of personal taste, but I don t like reading about the supernatural In my mind, it wasn t necessary The Vivian story and the Lily story wereengaging, especially towards the third part of the book I did like the ending very much for all three stories Overall a good read and one of the best I ve read of the modern day Esther adaptations


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