Welcome to the pre-Christmas edition of Mailbox Monday, hosted this month by Jenny at Let Them Read Books.
As always, make sure you drop by the host blog sometime today to view links to readers’ mailboxes and add your own!
What arrived at YOUR house this week? I found some goodies in my mailbox and at my front door…
Publicist Leah Paulos sent me an Advance Readers Edition of Frank Delaney’s newest book The Matchmaker of Kenmare (due for release in February through Random House). This historical novel is set in 1943 and brings back Ben McCarthy (the narrator of Delaney’s previous novel Venetia Kelly’s Traveling Show). When Ben meets matchmaker Miss Begley, he finds himself following her into enemy territory on a mission to snatch a man the American’s need ahead of D-Day. Described as rich and tense, this novel is predicted to delight Delaney’s fans who have enjoyed his Irish novels in the past.
Frank Delaney is a best-selling author of more than 21 books, and has interviewed more than 3,000 writers for his BBC and international television and radio shows (Bookshelf, The Book Show, The Frank Delaney Show). He has served as a judge of many literary prizes (including the Booker Prize), and has acted as Literary Director of the Edinburgh Festival. Born in Tipperary, Ireland, his first book (James Joyce’s Odyssey which was published in 1979) received critical acclaim and best-seller status. He currently lives in Litchfield County, Connecticut, with his wife, Diane Meier. Read more about Frank Delaney and his work by visiting the author’s website.
Picador sent me The Girl With Glass Feet by Ali Shaw (due for release in January). This magical debut novel won the Desmond Elliot Prize, was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, and longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. This literary novel is described as “a fairy tale; a fable; an allegory; a fantasy” in the style of Murakami and Marquez. The story takes place on the remote and snowbound archipelago of St. Hauda’s Land where magical winged creatures flit and albino animals hide. Ida Maclaird is slowly turning into glass and has returned to the islands in search of a cure.
Ali Shaw is a British writer who graduated from Lancaster University with a degree in English. He is also a talented artist (check out some of his drawings here). The Girl With Glass Feet is his first novel. Learn more about Shaw and his work by visiting the author’s website.
Amanda from Simon & Schuster sent me an Advance Readers Edition of Save as Draft by Cavanaugh Lee (due for release in February). This is an epistolary novel told entirely in emails, Blackberry texts and messages, Facebook and Match.com profiles. A love triangle develops between quirky Izabel Chin (a wannabe-actress-turned-lawyer), Peter (her preppy friend and co-worker), and Marty (a guy who appears alluring through his Match.com profile). This debut novel is all about dating in the digital age – a funny look at what happens when relationships are instantly created and destroyed by the stroke of a “delete” key. I have a feeling this is going to be a fun novel to read!
Cavanaugh Lee grew up in San Francisco and received her undergraduate degree from UCLA’s School of Theatre and her law degree from UNC. She works as a federal prosecutor in Savannah, Georgia by day and works on her writing by night. Read more about Lee and her work by visiting the author’s website.