Good Reads Challenge Book Review: Who Is Maude Dixon
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“You shouldn’t have to TRY to like things . . . It’s like people who force themselves to finish a book they’re not enjoying. Just close it! Go find another story!”
– Who is Maude Dixon by Alexandra Andrews
What’s up, friends? and how are you? I hope you’re doing well, taking care of your body as well as your mind, drinking plenty of water, staying cool, and checking in with friends and family.
Just when I thought I was catching up, I still have several more that I haven’t reviewed on this platform but on Good Reads. Why am I always in a perpetual state of being behind? Who knows, but …so it goes. Today I’m reviewing Who is Maude Dixon.
Title | Who is Maude Dixon
Author | Alexandra Andrews
Pages | 336
Published | March 2021
Genre | Suspense, Thriller
GR Rating | 3.84
Purchase | Amazon
Florence Darrow is a small-town striver who believes that she’s destined to become a celebrated writer. When she stumbles into the opportunity to become the assistant to “Maud Dixon,” a celebrated but anonymous novelist (think: Elena Ferrante), she believes that the universe is finally providing her big chance.
My Rating (5.00)
This book was an unexcepted surprise. I previewed this title in a blog post about upcoming murder mysteries last year, but it wasn’t on my radar for my Good Reads Challenge until it became available on Libby.
What to say about our protagonist in this story [Florence Darrow]. Florence works for a publishing house as an editor and has dreamed of becoming a writer, but she hasn’t written anything recently.
from Who is Maude Dixon?
“In general, she said, women tended to spend too much time considering consequences; by the time they finally made a decision, the men were already there, forging alliances, crossing battle lines, breaking things.”
After an encounter at a work party with her boss Florence becomes obsessed with him and his family. Much to my [not] surprise, her stalker-like behavior gets her fired. However, after being fired, she could do anything she wanted, possibly start writing her book while looking for another job.
Florence would get a chance to interview for another editing job with Helen Wilcox, whom Florence would later find out is Maud Dixon, her favorite author. Florence saw this as an opportunity to work with one of her favorite authors and try to kick-start her own career.
from Who is Maude Dixon
“If I mess up, I mess up. I find that people, in general, are way too scared of making mistakes.
It turns out that everything is not what it seems [but isn’t that always the case]. I think what burns my butter is that I didn’t think anyone could be so lost, naïve, [ok] stupid. Book smart she was, common sense smart …not so much. How can you be so gullible to think they’re famous? So I’ll do exactly what they did, cut off my friends and family, and then I can become a writer, just like her.
Florence gets the job moves into Helen’s guest house, and begins to immerse herself in work. It’s at this time that Helen decides to travel to Morroco with Florence in tough to do research for an upcoming book.
from Who is Maude Dixon?
“They were jealous, of course—jealousy being a natural corollary to ambition.”
As fate would have it, something happens that will change the course of Florence’s life forever.
What’s not good about Who Is Maud Dixon? It’s fantastic, funny, has all the thrills, and is a serious page-turner. Listening to the audiobook was great, and I highly recommend it for your next Summer read. It definitely hits the mark if you’re looking to add this title to your TBR list.
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