March 6, 2009
It has been a couple of weeks since I last participated in this weekly event…but, I have been blog-hopping and reading emails from my book groups and there have been plenty of books which have caught my attention. Below is a sampling (click on titles to read more about the book or purchase it from Amazon; click on the featured blog to read that blogger’s review of the book):
Sonata for Miriam by Linda Olsson as featured on S. Krisna’s Books. You might recognize Olsson’s name connected to her previous novel Astrid and Veronika (which I have not yet read, but plan to). In the recently released (February 24th through Penguin Books) Sonata for Miriam Olsson writes about the fictional composer Adam Anker who makes a journey to uncover his family’s past. The novel moves from New Zealand to Poland, and finally to Sweden. In her review S. Krishna writes: “It’s a beautifully written and moving book with a mystery that really drives the novel forward and keeps the reader hooked.” It sounds like just the kind of novel I would enjoy.
The Color of Lightening by Paulette Jiles as featured on Wisteria’s blog Bookworm’s Diner. This novel is due for release by William Morrow/Harper Collins in April. Set in Northern Texas during the post-Civil War era, The Color of Lightening is an historical novel which examines the Indian conflict and how it touches the lives of a freed slave and his family, and a Quaker who is an agent for the Office of Indian Affairs. Wisteria writes: “…Paulette Jiles told this story as if she was recapturing the travels of Lewis and Clark. With a palette of colorful prose, a prism of grandness is picturesquely painted. This period of history presents hope and despair, promise and disappointment, good times and bad. As Americans move west, after the Civil War, settlers, black men and women are now free.” I’ve added this one to my wish list!
Serena by Ron Nash as featured on Jessica’s Both Eyes Book Blog. Set in 1929 in the North Carolina mountains, this novel is love and betrayal. Jessica writes: “Serena probably won’t be the female lead you admire most. But she is likely to be the female lead you remember best at the end of the year.” The description on Amazon also made this books sound fantastic. On to my wish list it goes!
So Long A Letter by Mariama Ba as featured on Michelle’s blog 1 More Chapter. This novel won the first Noma Award for Publishing in Africa. It is written in the form of a letter and tells the story of the widow Ramatoulaye. Michelle provides wonderful passages from the book and writes: “I highly recommend this book to all, but especially those interested in women’s issues or in African fiction.” Sounds like the type of book I love to read.
Click over to Jenn’s Friday Finds post for today to get links to other reader’s finds or to link your own post.