“The type of woman you imagine yourself fitting does not exist.”


The Book of V is a feminist novel looking at three women’s lives in various times, tackling the expectations of women, the stifling of those women by the men in their lives and learning to take their power back. The story is told in three POVs and the challenge of that always is keeping the reader engaged in all three stories. My interest in this one lie with Ester and Vashti in ancient times, the two more contemporary stories were not as gripping to me. Vivian is a senator’s wife, living under his thumb with the propriety expected of her in her time. She is desperate to be anything other than what her husband desires her to be. Lily is a contemporary day woman, a mother without a career and a little lost in who she is and who she wants to be. The two modern stories come together nicely and mirror the ancient one but I just didn’t identify with the modern women the way I was supposed to. I was also uncomfortable numerous times with the way sex was treated in this one, always linked to power and control. The women felt a bit like caricatures to me. I don’t regret reading it, I just had higher hopes for where this one could have gone. ⭐️⭐️⭐

Thanks to Netgalley for advanced access to this novel and apologies it took me so long to receive to it! All opinions above are my own.

This was another one of my backlist Netgalley reads, what’s the next backlist book you plan to read?

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