Happy Monday to you…and welcome to Mailbox Monday – a weekly meme hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page. Each Monday readers share the books which arrived at their home during the last week. I found some great books in my mailbox this week.
Stephanie from Harper Collins sent me two amazing books which have been on my wish list for awhile:
City of Refuge by Tom Piazza was just released in paperback this month. Set in New Orleans just before and after Hurricane Katrina, the novel explores the lives of two very different families – one white, and one black. Richard Russo (Pulitzer Prize winning author) writes: “To read City of Refuge is to realize that this is what fiction is for: to take us to places the cameras can’t go. The novel’s characters – and what happens to them – are unforgettable.” Piazza is the author of nine other books including the Faulkner Society Award-winning novel My Cold War, and the short-story collection Blues And Trouble, which won the James Michener Award for fiction. To read more about Piazza and his work, visit the author’s website. Visit the Harper Collins site to read more about City of Refuge including critical praise.
The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb was also released in paperback this month. Centered around the Columbine shootings, Lamb’s latest novel explores loss and the emotional effects of tragedy on a fictional teacher who survives the attack. Called “richly textured,” “unpredictable,” “troubling,” and “deeply moving,” by reviewers, The Hour I First Believed was long anticipated by Lamb’s many fans. Lamb has previously published two other novels.
Listen to Wally Lamb talk about The Hour I First Believed:
After You by Julie Buxbaum arrived from Random House. I won a hard cover copy of this book by entering their send-to-a-friend promotion. The novel is about a young teacher who goes to London after the murder of her best friend to help her friend’s eight year old daughter recover after her mother’s death. Jodi Picoult writes: ” After You highlights – beautifully and compellingly – the truth that sometimes we have to lose the people closest to us to find ourselves.” This is the author’s second novel (The Opposite of Love also received good reviews). To read more about Julie Buxbaum and her work, visit the author’s website.
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