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Mailbox Monday – April 5, 2010

Welcome to yet another edition of the very popular Mailbox Mondays hosted every week on Marcia’s blog The Printed Page.

I love this weekly meme where readers share the books which have arrived at their homes over the last week.

I’ve gotten more selective about the books which I accept for review…so although there are not a lot arriving at my home, they are of exceptional quality!

Broken Glass Park by Alina Bronsky is a book translated from the German which came my way from Amanda at Regal_Literary. This book, Bronsky’s debut novel, was first published in Germany in 2008 to rave reviews. Here in the United States it is being hailed as “stark,” “moving,” and “gritty.”  The press release describes Broken Glass Park this way: ‘The heroine of this thoroughly contemporary novel is Sascha Naimann. Sascha was born in Moscow, but now lives in Berlin with her two younger siblings and, until recently, her mother. She is precocious, independent, street-wise, and, since her stepfather murdered her mother several months ago, an orphan. Unlike most of her companions, she doesn’t dream of escaping from the tough housing project where they live. Sascha’s dreams are different: she longs to write a novel about her beautiful but naïve mother and she wants to end the life of Vadim, the man who brutally murdered her.

Alina Bronsky was born in Ekaterinburg, Russia but now lives in Germany. She has been hailed as a literary prodigy and her novel as “an explosive debut” (Emma Magazine) nominated for the prestigious Bachmann Prize. She has an aggressive tour schedule in the United States beginning April 26th at Chicago’s Goethe Institute. See her full schedule here.

Read, Remember, Recommend by Rachelle Rogers Knight (who blogs over at Bibliobabe) came from Carrie at Sourcebooks, Inc. This an interactive reading journal which is really fantastic. One section allows readers to check off books they’ve read or want to read from the Awards and Notables List (this is my favorite part of the book). There are also columns to indicate whether you own the book or recommend it. Readers who enjoy keeping detailed notes about their reading will love this book which also has sections to list TBR books, as well as journaling pages and loaner lists. Rachelle has also included a resources section with links to book related websites and blogs. I was thrilled to learn that Caribousmom was one of the blogs she included in her book! There were also many other sites I not only recognized, but subscribe to as well. If you haven’t checked out this book, you might want to. Rachelle has also published Read, Remember, Recommend for Teens which will be available this month.

Tomorrow River by Lesley Kagen arrived unsolicited from Tala at Dutton Publicity/Penguin. This novel (due for release later this month) centers around a 12 year old narrator whose mother has disappeared a year ago in the summer of 1968. The press release reads: ‘Tomorrow River is a beautiful and haunting portrayal of the complicated questions and emotions a child is forced to confront when parents are no longer able to nurture.Tomorrow River is a May 2010 Indie Next Pick.

Lesley Kagen has published two previous novels: Whistling in the Dark (a NYT bestseller), and Land of a Hundred Wonders. She lives near Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her husband, and has two grown children. To learn more about Kagen and her work, visit the author’s website.

Cool Water by Dianne Warren arrived from Amanda at Harper Collins Canada. This novel, set in a small town in Saskatchewan, revolves around the lives of several characters whose stories overlap. The book flap reads: ‘[As the characters]…go about the business of their daily lives, navigating the all-too-human realities of miscommunications, fumbled dreams, unexpected detours and even unmarked victories, they discover, too, moments of grace, compassion and beauty – moments to remind them that, despite it all, they will find their way forward.Browse inside the book.

Dianne Warren is the author of three books of short fiction and three plays. Her play Serpent in the Night Sky was shortlisted for the 1992 Governor General’s Award for Drama. She won the Writer’s Trust Marian Engel Award, presented to a female Canadian writer, not for a single book, but for a body of work and in anticipation of her future contribution to Canadian literature in 2004. Cool Water is Warren’s debut novel.

What books arrived at YOUR home this week?