Travels are wrapping up for me on the BookSparks 2015 Summer Reading Challenge. Eighteen fabulous books represented by the busy publicists at BookSparks have been my companions all summer long and today’s book review (book #17) is definitely one of my favorites: A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan.
From the beloved books editor at Glamour magazine comes a heartfelt and painfully funny début about what happens when a wife and mother of three leaps at the chance to fulfill her professional destiny—only to learn every opportunity comes at a price. When her husband makes a radical career change, she lands a job at a hip young start-up. The Holy Grail of working mothers—an intellectually satisfying job and a happy personal life—seems suddenly within reach. Despite the disapproval of her best friend, who owns the local bookstore, Alice is proud of her new “balancing act” (which is more like a three-ring circus) until her dad gets sick, her marriage flounders, her babysitter gets fed up, her kids start to grow up, and her work takes an unexpected turn.
Read A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan
My Book Review: Wow. Definitely one of my favorite summer reads. It helps that I’m completely addicted to any book about the reading and/or writing life. Books about bookstore owners, voracious readers, writers – I’m there. I’m reading it. Books about the book life – penumbra, fikry, purple chair – I love them all. And this book was no exception.
I connected immediately with the main character, Alice; a wife, mother, and books editor, who lands a job at a snazzy start-up that promises to revolutionize the way books are read and sold. Fascinating storyline given the current state of the book industry. Certainly, the business model of Scroll (blending the old with the new – HA!), as well as the austere, device-like office space (much like working INSIDE a digital reader), will provide much fodder for book club discussions. Fantastic that Alice’s best friend owns an indie bookstore. Fantastic that Virginia Woolf’s extended essay, A Room of One’s Own, made its way into the storyline.
I loved the myriad emotional hooks the story provided – Alice’s father and his failing health; her husband, his work woes, and the strain it puts on their marriage; Alice’s battle to manage a household with many children and their many demands; and her best friend, Susanna, and all that she stands to lose.
An enthusiastic five stars for A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan. I will return to this book in a few months to read it a second time. Looking forward to it.
About the Author: Elisabeth Egan is the books editor at Glamour. Her essays and book reviews have appeared in Self, Glamour, O, People, Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, Huffington Post The New York Times Book Review, LA Times Book Review, The Washington Post, Chicago Sun- Times, and the Newark Star-Ledger. She lives in New Jersey with her family.
Find out how it all began: READ 5th Annual BookSparks Summer Reading Challenge and My Travels Have Begun!
1. The Year My Mother Came Back by Alice Eve Cohen
2. The Grown Ups by Robin Antalek
3. Wishful Thinking by Kamy Wicoff
4. The Balance Project by Susie Orman Schnall
5 . Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave
6. Worthy by Catherine Ryan Hyde
7. Pieces by Maria Kostaki
8. Summer Secrets by Jane Green
9. It’s You by Jane Porter
10. Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
11. Beautiful Girl by Fleur Philips
12. The Road Home by Kathleen Shoop
13. The Witch of Bourbon Street by Suzanne Palmieri
14. Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica
15. Anchored by Brigitte Quinn
16. Satisfaction by Andee Reilly
17. A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan
18. Star Craving Mad by Elise Miller
Thank you, BookSparks!