I checked out 2 books by Susan Wittig Albert, since she’s one of the remaining 3 authors on the first shelf of adult fiction in my branch library’s collection that I haven’t read yet. Once I finishe her books, and The Goblin Emperor, by Katherine Addison, I’ll only have 1 series on that first shelf left to read. Of course, our library just has books 2 and 4 of that last series, so I’ll need to put in a hold request for the other 2 books soon, adding 2 books to the shelf in order to finish the shelf.
Susan Wittig Albert writes mystery series set in the US Deep South, centering around female protagonists. The Darling Dahlias series, which I am starting on today, is set in Alabama during the Great Depression, and centers around a group of upper-middle class women. It seems well researched, and presents a more nuanced perspective on the Depression than just the grim black&white photos that most people now have seen from that time. Yes, people were scared and hungry alot, and they were pretty desperate, but there were good times mixed in too, and individual experiences during the Depression varied markedly. I’ve only read the first 30 pages of the one I started on, The Darling Dahlias and the Texas Star , but it seems good so far.
I read 3 books last night (all ~200pgs, so just ~600pgs total, not quite so impossible as it might seem), all ebooks, and I have several more ebooks on a deadline I need to read, but hopefully by the end of the week I can declare the first shelf of my public library (minus that one series) done.