Mailbox Mondays – September 21, 2009

mailboxMonday1 Happy Monday a little bit late (I was traveling all day)! Today readers share their mailboxes through Marcia’s excellent weekly meme Mailbox Monday. I hope you’ll drop by her blog today to post a link to your mailbox and to see what other readers snagged this week.

I had a good week in books…

AcrossEndlessRiverAcross the Endless River by Thad Carhart arrived courtesy of Anna, senior publicist at FSB Associates. Carhart is the bestselling author of The Piano Shop on the Left Bank. Across the Endless River was just released by Doubleday on September 1st. This is an historical novel about Jean-Baptiste Charbonneau, the son of Sacagawea, and his journey as a young man in 1820s Paris. Baptiste was born in 1805 on the Lewis and Clark expedition, and was the son of the expedition’s translators, Sacagawea and Toussaint Charbonneau. The press release for the novel reads: Baptiste, caught between worlds, reflects the common struggle of those who find themselves at an intersection of multiple cultures, languages, and ways of life.  Spanning the wilds of America to the European court, Across the Endless River is a haunting exploration of identity, passion, and love. You may read more about Carhart and his work at the author’s website.

GlassblowerThe Glassblower of Murano by Marina Fiorato came to me through Library Thing’s Early Review Program. This historical novel, set in 1681 Venice, is a tale of mystery, love and betrayal centered around an artist named Corradino Manin and his secret daughter Leonora. Described as “richly detailed, with wonderful, memorably drawn characters” Fiorato’s debut novel is a book which sounds fantastic. It has already proved to be an international bestseller. Since the 2008 release of The Glassblower of Murano, Fiorato has also published a second historical novel: The Madonna of the Almonds. To read more about Fiorato and her work, visit the author’s website. Fiorato also maintains the blog Paperback Writer.

LookingAfterPigeonLooking After Pigeon by Maud Carol Markson arrived from the author for a TLC book tour scheduled in October and November. I’ll be reading and reviewing the book for a tour date of November 11th – so make sure you come back then to read my thoughts! This novel is about five year old Pigeon whose father disappears and leaves her to face a new and bewildering life with her mother and older siblings in an uncle’s house on the Jersey shore. Markson has published a previous novel (When We Get Home) which garnered high praise for award winning author Andre Dubus who wrote, “It may be the best story we have about marital love.” To read more about Markson and her work, visit the author’s website.

What arrived at YOUR house this week?

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    • Kathy on September 21, 2009 at 17:20

    All of your books look great! I’ll be back to see your review of Looking After Pigeon.

  1. I agree with Kathy, all of the books sound really interesting but I will be especially interested in what you think of Looking After Pigeon. I have an affinity for family dramas.

  2. I thought “The Glassblower of Murano” looked great. I visited that little island years ago. It was lovely! Looking forward to your review.

  3. I’m eager to see your review of The Glassblower of Murano. I didn’t finish it because it was due at the library and the first fifty pages didn’t wow me, but I love novels set in Venice (one of my favorite cities). I’ve read mostly mediocre reviews, so I’m curious to see what you think!

  4. The Glass Blower of Murano sounds like it would be really good.

    • Anna on September 22, 2009 at 07:50

    I can’t wait for your reviews. These all sound really good.

    • Staci on September 22, 2009 at 13:33

    I received Across too and the Glassblower looks awesome!

    • Wendy on September 26, 2009 at 07:14

    Kathy and Icedream: I’m looking forward to Looking After Pigeon – it looks like my type of book.

    Amy Read: I love books set in other countries…so I expect to like that one!

    Nomadreader: Sorry to hear the book didn’t wow you in the first 50 pages…but sometimes a book turns around. I have purposefully not read reviews of it yet so I can go in with an open mind!! *laughs*

    Stephanie: I thought so too 🙂

    Anna: I hope they are!

    Staci: You and I always seem to pick up the same books!

    • Maud on October 23, 2009 at 16:21

    I am looking forward to your review of my book, Looking After Pigeon. And “conversing” with your many readers after they have had a chance to read my book– I really enjoy hearing from readers.

    Also, I love the dog photos! Are they your dogs? I am a big dog (animal) lover. My own dog is over 14 years old, but still going strong.


    • Wendy on October 23, 2009 at 16:33

    Maud: Thanks for dropping by! I am really looking forward to reading your book…and I hope we’ll get lots of comments on the tour post! Glad you are enjoying my dog photos! Yes, they are mine 🙂 The German Shepherd in the header is my girl, Caribou…who sadly passed away in January this year at the age of 11. Argus (the Golden Retriever) is still going strong at age 10. And we recently added a new pup to the mix…Raven is an almost 9 month old German Shepherd (some photos of her can be found here and here and here). Glad to here your pup is still doing so well at 14 years old!!!

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