Margaret Dilloway is a long time BlogHer community member, and I loved her first book, How to Be an American Housewife, but I let her new novel The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns languish on my to-be-read pile. Sometimes, when I've really loved a debut novel, I am scared to read the author's second book. I will get excited about it, buy it, and then leave it on my nightstand for days worried I won't like it. After picking up The Care and Handling of Roses with Thorns, I promptly kicked myself in the backside for not picking it up sooner. I absolutely adored the main character, Gal Garner. ...more
We recently caught up with BlogHer Book Club author Margaret Dilloway about her novel How to Be an American Housewife. Here's what she had to say about her novel, her favorite English class and we even wrangled a little bit out of her about her next book....more
I found the book nearly untouched, its spine still uncracked. THE AMERICAN WAY OF HOUSEKEEPING. The cover featured rather lurid illustrations of a ‘50s era meal: a coral salmon wedge surrounded by a ring of peas, accompanied by deviled eggs.
“What’s this?” I asked my father....more
When you pick up Margaret Dilloway's debut novel, How to be an American Housewife, you will find yourself ignoring everything around you as you read. It's a novel about mothers and daughters. It's a novel about siblings and home. Most of all, it's a novel about how the past is never really just the past.
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