Mailbox Monday – May 30, 2011

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Some wonderful books found their way to my home this week…

Katie from the Crown Publishing Group sent me a hardcover edition of Break The Skin by Lee Martin which goes on sale June 14th. I read and reviewed Martin’s novel The Bright Forever way back in 2007 and found it captivating, so I am eager to read his latest effort. Break the Skin is the story of two women, connected by a terrible crime and the man they love. Publishers Weekly writes: “Provocative… Crackling with dark deeds and bad intentions, Martin snakes through the lives of the desperate without casting pity.

Read the first chapter.

Lee Martin was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his novel The Bright Forever. He is also the author of the novel Quakertown; a story collection, The Least You Need to Know; and two memoirs, From Our House and Turning Bones. He has won a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, a Lawrence Foundation Award, and the Glenna Luschei Prize. He lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he directs the creative writing program at The Ohio State University.

Elizabeth from Penguin tempted me with a book to which I couldn’t say no. Her Sister’s Shadow by Katharine Britton, due for release in June, is novel about two estranged sisters whose lives apart are brought together again after a sudden death. Set on the coast of New England, the novel explores “the resilient bond between sisters” and “the divergent paths we take in life – and the turns in the road that ultimately bring us back to each other.

Katharine Britton holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Dartmouth College. Her screenplay, Goodbye Don’t Mean Gone, was a Moondance Film Festival winner and a finalist in the New England Women in Film and Television contest. Katharine is a member of the League of Vermont Writers and PEN New England. She teaches writing at Colby-Sawyer College, and is an instructor at The Writer’s Center. Her Sister’s Shadow is her first novel. Read more about Britton and her work by visiting the author’s website.

The Little Women Letters by Gabrielle Donnelly arrived from Touchstone/Simon & Schuster. Due for release in the US on June 7th, this novel “explores the imagined lives of Jo March’s descendants—three sisters who are both thoroughly modern and thoroughly March. As uplifting and essential as Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, Gabrielle Donnelly’s novel will speak to anyone who’s ever fought with a sister, fallen in love with a fabulous pair of shoes, or wondered what on earth life had in store for her.” Author Carol Cassella writes: “Gabrielle Donnelly’s absorbing novel sweeps you across time and generations of family, bound together through love and the strife and joys of daily life. A refreshingly hopeful story that grips you so thoroughly you’ll want to lock your door and read, read, read!

Read an excerpt.

Gabrielle Donnelly was born and raised in London, where she worked as a journalist on women’s magazines before moving to Los Angeles to specialize in show business journalism. She lives near Venice Beach with her husband, Owen BjØrnstad.

Did any great books arrive at YOUR home this week?

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  1. I am also looking forward to reading The Little Women Letters. All the others are new to me, so I will be looking to your reviews to see how you felt about them!

  2. Break The Skin sounds interesting and I too have The Little Womens Letters and I am excited about that one.

  3. I love books about sisters — I’m going to have to keep my eye out for Her Sister’s Shadow. Enjoy all your books!

    • Laura on May 30, 2011 at 09:25

    Little Women Letters may just have to find its way onto Mt TBR!

  4. Those all look good to me. It would be hard to decide which one to read first.

    • Kay on May 30, 2011 at 09:54

    I’ve got a couple of these and am looking forward to getting to them soon. Hope you enjoy your books, Wendy!

  5. Break the Skin looks a little bit creepy and intense but good and I adore the cover. I’m also pretty interested in the Little Women Letters. Good stuff; enjoy!

    • Mary on May 30, 2011 at 15:06

    Looking forward to your reviews!

    • Wendy on May 30, 2011 at 15:16

    Heather: I thought that one looked particularly good too 🙂

    Sheila: I have a feeling Break the Skin is going to creep me out!

    Avis: I’m a sucker for sister books too!

    Laura: LOL – I hope it is a good one.

    Kathy: Always my dilemma!

    Kay: Thanks!

    Pam: I agree on all counts.

    Mary: Thanks!

  6. Wonderful mailbox!! Have a great reading week. You always add to my TBR pile and I love that!!

    I received only one book in my mailbox!!

    Here is my Monday: Mailbox/What Are You Reading?/Musings post!

  7. I have the Little Women Letters also and can’t wait to read it. The Sister’s Shadow looks like a good one too.

  8. I’d like to see what you think of Her Sisters Shadow. I just finished a book about two very different sisters and obviously this is a recurring theme in books. I’ve seen books about siblings all over the blogs.

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