An Advance Reader’s Edition of American Rust, by Philipp Meyer arrived from Spiegel & Grau. Due for release February 24, 2009 this debut novel is about “friendship, loyalty, and love, centering on a murder in a dying Pennsylvania steel town.”
A review copy of the recently released Family Planning by Karan Mahajan arrived from Harper Perennial. Mahajan’s first novel is set in New Delhi, India and is billed as a family saga. Reviewers have commented on its sharp humor and haunting insights.
The Book of Night Women came to me from Riverhead Books through a Shelf Awareness request. The back of this Advance Reader’s Edition reads: ‘…[James] spins a magical web of humanity, race, and love, fully inhabiting the wonderfully rich nineteenth-century Jamaican patois, which rings with a distinctly contemporary energy.‘ Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?
Firmin, by Sam Savage (illustrated by Fernando Krahn) arrived via Library Thing’s Early Reviewer Program. I was delighted to see my edition has rat-sized “bite” out of it! This edition will be released December 30, 2008. Publisher’s Weekly writes: ‘An alternately whimsical and earnest paean to the joys of literature.” I can’t wait to read it!
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