Welcome to another edition of Mailbox Monday hosted weekly by Marcia at The Printed Page. This event encourages bloggers to post about the books which arrived in their mailboxes in the last week. I have been requesting and accepting fewer books lately, but this week I got some pretty incredible books to read.
Roses, by Leila Meacham came from Miriam at Little Brown and Company (Hachette Books). It is a chunkster (more than 600 pages) and a family saga which is due for release in January 2010. Set in East Texas during the twentieth century, the novel centers around two families – one immersed in the cotton industry, the other involved in the lucrative timber business. I love family sagas and this one was hard to turn down. Kathy over at Bermuda Onion wrote a terrific post about Leila Meacham in September. Roses is Meacham’s debut novel.
When She Flew, by Jennie Shortridge arrived direct from the author (and autographed too). I accepted this book for a TLC Book Tour in December – so you’ll be able to read my review of it on December 29th. When She Flew is Shortridge’s fourth novel and was inspired by true events. The story centers around an Iraq war veteran raising his daughter in the wild, and the single mom/policewoman who is ordered to separate them. Publisher’s Weekly writes: ‘Examining people willing to sidestep the rules in pursuit of a greater good, Shortridge’s fourth novel recalls Barbara Kingsolver’s Pigs in Heaven…‘ Learn more about Shortridge and her work on the author’s website.
Home Repair, by Liz Rosenberg arrived direct from the author (also autographed). Rosenberg’s debut adult novel (she has previously published award-winning books for young readers) is about Eve, a middle-aged woman who first must deal with the tragic death of her first husband, and then (thirteen years later) the abandonment of her second husband who walks out on her in the middle of a garage sale. Faced with raising two kids on her own while dealing with her difficult mother, Eve just ‘might end up discovering that she’s gained much more than she’s lost.‘ Home Repair has been called compelling and immensely satisfying…it looks like my type of book. Read more about Rosenberg and her work at Harper Collins website.
The Passport, by Herta Muller arrived from Meryl Zegarek Public Relations. Muller won the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature for her body of work so I am very interested in this slim novella (it spans less than 100 pages). Translated from the German by Martin Chalmers, The Passport has been called “sparse,”brilliant,” and “poetic.” Set in a small Romanian village, the story centers on Windisch, the village miller, who wishes to migrate to West Germany to escape the hopelessness of Ceausescu’s dictatorship. Muller is a Romanian-born, German novelist, poet, and essayist who is known for her politically controversial writings (specifically about life under the repressive regime of Nicolae Ceausescu, the Soviet imposed communist regime of Romania, and the persecution of Romanian ethnic Germans by the occupying forces of Stalinist troups). Born in 1953, she has been an internationally-known author since the early 1990s and has won numerous literary prizes and awards. I expect we will begin seeing more of her work here in the United States.
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