Mailbox Monday – July 19, 2010

Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday hosted by Marcia at The Printed Page.

It is here where I share with you the books which have found their way to my doorstep each week. I am beginning to think I need to build a cottage just to house all the amazing books stacked up around my house!

Here is what arrived last week:

Meredith at Viking Press sent me a finished copy of Days of Grace by Catherine Hall which. This book is being marketed as a stunning debut novel: an emotional coming-of-age story woven with a rich historical World War II tapestry. It is being compared to Atonement and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society…both books I loved. The Philadelphia Inquirer recently ran a great review saying of the book, “Two powerful subjects – England during World War II and intense but unrequited lesbian passion – carry readers across the pages of Catherine Hall’s finely wrought debut novel, Days of Grace.  Hall’s book is reminiscent of, but better than, Sarah Waters’ much-praised novel of life and love in World War II England, The Nightwatch (2006). Protagonist Nora Lynch, a complex and mercurial character whom sophisticated readers will relish, narrates the novel’s two story lines.Listen to a podcast about the book which includes an interview with the author.

Catherine Hall was born in the UK and is now based in London. She ha worked in documentary film production, a freelance writer, and and editor for a range of organizations specializing in human rights and development. Days of Grace is her first novel.

I also shopped at Barnes and Noble this week and picked up these three books:

The Messenger of Athens by Anne Zouroudi

Good To A Fault by Marina Endicott

Faithful Place by Tana French

What great books came into YOUR home this week?

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  1. Great picks!

    Here is mine!

  2. I bought 3 books last week too but didn’t think to add them to my post! I’ll be watching for your review of The Messenger of Athens.

    • Staci on July 19, 2010 at 07:03

    Awesome books this week for sure!!!

  3. Days Of Grace sounds very good! I will keep an eye out for your review it! Sounds like a book I would like to read.

  4. Days of Grace sounds fantastic! I will be waiting to hear what you thought of it!! Happy reading to you!

    • Serena on July 20, 2010 at 06:32

    Tana French’s books have gotten great reviews, though I haven’t read any yet. happy reading

  5. Great selection for you. Days of Grace was wonderful. You should love it.

    • gavin on July 20, 2010 at 19:47

    Interesting pile of books! I am curious about The Messenger of Athens. I hope to head to a favorite bookstore on Friday. I have a gift card!

  6. I just finished Faithful Place. *sigh* Wish I could have that experience of reading it for the first time all over again!

  7. I hadn’t heard of Days of Grace before, but now I really want to read it. And I’m dying to get my hands on Faithful Place. I hope you enjoy Good to a Fault as much as I did. Enjoy all your books!

  8. Days of grace sounds like my cuppa! I loved Atonement and Guernsey andd WWII is my favorite time period. I can’t wait to hear what you think!

    Enjoy Faithful Place!!!

    • Wendy on July 26, 2010 at 06:41
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    Thank you all for stopping by and weighing in on the books that arrived at my house…I love reading your comments! I’m sorry I am so behind in responding to everyone….life has been a bit overwhelming lately 🙂

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