Mailbox Monday – June 1, 2009


It’s Monday – time to share my mailbox with you!

consciencepoint Conscience Point by Erica Abeel arrived from Caitlin at Unbridled Books. This one has been on my radar for awhile now…and not just because of the gorgeous cover art. Here’s a publicity blurb about the book: ‘To be sure, there’s a story for everyone in Conscience Point: start with a successful woman at the height of her career struggling to adjust to the fast-paced, new world of pop culture and youth: throw in a love triangle (or two); add a good dose of mother-daughter drama; a comic look at New York’s artsy set with a peek into the harbored lives of the uber-wealthy; cover it with a dark, Gothic mystery; and top it off with the realization of a dream — reclaimed later in life. This is a swift, engaging, page-turner […]‘ This is Erica Abeel’s fifth novel. To read more about the author and her work, visit the author’s website.

cryingtree The Crying Tree by Naseem Rakha arrived as an Advance Reader’s Edition from Broadway Books. This book sounds amazing and involves the murder of a child and the impact of that crime on the victim’s family. When the mother of the victim begins a secret coorespondence with the murderer, a series of events will be set in motion which will change everything. The blurb on the back of the books reads: ‘Dramatic, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting, The Crying Tree is an unforgettable story of love and redemption, the unbreakable bonds of family, and the transformative power of forgiveness.‘ To read more about the author and the book, visit the author’s website. The Crying Tree is due for release in July.

sweepingupglass Sweeping Up Glass by Carolyn Wall arrived as an Advance Reader’s Edition from Bantam Dell. Set in Kentucky, the novel centers around a tough, proud woman named Olivia Harker Cross who “ignites a conflict that will embroil an entire community – and transform her own life in the most surprising ways.” Joe Lansdale, Edgar Award winner, writes: “This is a perfect little book, like a head-on collision between Flannery O’Connor and Harper Lee, with a bit of Faulkner.Sweeping Up Glass is Wall’s first novel and due for release in August. To read more about the author, visit The Oklahoma Arts Council where Wall is an artist-in-residence.

wakeofthe-boatman In The Wake of The Boatman by Jonathon Scott Fuqua came to me through the Editor at Bancroft Press. This novel centers around the relationship between a father and his son. Puttnam Steward, a man who is an Army hero, is also a man struggling with his identity and his desire to make his father proud of him. In The Wake of the Boatman has been described as “compelling,” “complex,” “heartfelt,” and “sensitive.”  Fuqua may be better known as a YA author having published three awarding winning books for young adults. The Reappearance of Sam Webber has won numerous awards including The Alex Award. To learn more about Fuqua and his work, visit the author’s website.


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  1. All seem like good reads! Happy reading.

    Monday is here again

  2. Nice list. Here is mine

    Oh I started a book discussion group on my blog. It’s under the tab Cafe Blue. Hope you can join us.

  3. I’m supposed to be getting a copy of Conscience Point too. Sweeping Up Glass sounds good as well and I love the cover! Enjoy your books!

    • Mary on June 1, 2009 at 08:40

    Enjoy! The cover for The Crying Tree has me wanting to check it out.

  4. The Crying Tree was an excellent novel. Looking forward to hearing what you think about it!

  5. What a description for Sweeping Up Glass. How can I pass up a comparison to O’Connor, Lee and Faulkner?

  6. These look excellent. Color me jealous!

    My mailbox is here:

  7. I think Bancroft Press must be among the nicest publishers I’ve come across offering me a book. I had one arrive from them this week as well.

    • Wendy on June 1, 2009 at 15:18

    Gautami: *nodding* they do look good!

    Bluestocking: Thanks for the heads up on the book club…I didn’t know about it and it looks fun! Will stop in later.

    Avisannschild: I’ve heard so many great things about Conscience Point.

    Mary: I agree – great cover!

    MichaelSean: Oh, so you liked it? That is great to hear!

    Melanie: *laughs* I know – what an amazing comparison, huh?

    Kristen: you always get some good ones too 🙂

    Bart’s Bookshelf: I agree – the “pitch” I got from them was impressive…letting me know they actually went to my blog and read it and knew what I liked.

  8. I also received The Crying Tree – happy reading Wendy!

    Here’s my Mailbox! ~ Wendi

    • Kathy on June 2, 2009 at 08:13

    They all look great. I have The Crying Tree too.

    • Wendy on June 3, 2009 at 06:32

    Wendi: I saw you also got The Crying Tree! Happy reading to you as well!

    Kathy: Seems like a popular book right now!

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