Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday. This month Mailbox Monday is being hosted by Staci at Life in the Thumb.
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This is what arrived at my house this week:
Harper Collins sent me an Advance Readers Edition of Irma Voth by Miriam Toews (due for release in September). Described as a “novel of great humanity written with dry wit, edgy humor and emotional poignancy,” this novel centers around a nineteen year old Mennonite woman living in Mexico. Irma is cast out of her family for marrying a young Mexican she barely knows and finds herself in an unsatisfying marriage with her faith in God damaged. Irma Voth is the story of a young woman’s quest “to discover all that she may become in the unexpectedly rich and confounding world that lies beyond the stifling, observant community she knows.” Watch the author talk about the book:
Miriam Toews was born in a the small Mennonite town of Teinbach, Manitoba. She has published four novels and a memoir. Toews has won numerous literary awards in Canada, including the Governor General’s Award and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize for her body of work. She lives in Toronto.
Meryl Zegarek sent me a copy of Orange Prize nominee Repeat It Today With Tears by Anne Peile (due for release through Serpent’s Tail in September). This book was very controversial when it was first published in the UK. It begins with the line: “The first time I kissed my father on the mouth it was the Easter holiday.” Susanna is obsessed with the father she has never known and when she discovers his address, she goes to find him. This novel is about what happens next. Described as “startling,” “elegant,” disquieting,” and “memorable,” Repeat it Today With Tears is destined to be a book readers will be talking about.
Anne Peile Anne Peile was born in London; she has lived in the South West and Belfast and worked as a cook, writing emails for the BBC and in educational support. She works for a London bookstore. Repeat It Today With Tears is her debut novel, and was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2011.
Also from Meryl Zegarek:
An Advance Readers Edition of Red-Robed Priestess by Elizabeth Cunningham (due for release by Consortium in November). This is the fourth and final installation of the Maeve Chronicles, a series which recounts the Passion story through the eyes of Mary Magdalen, known as Maeve. The books are all designed to stand alone. In Red-Robed Priestess, Maeve returns to the British Isles to seek her first-born daughter who was taken from her by the druids more than forty years before. The novel is described as “an adventure story” which carries the reader “through a world of fantasy and intrigue.”
Elizabeth Cunningham is a graduate of The New Seminary and ordained as an interfaith minister and counselor. Her other novels include The Passion of Mary Magdalen, Magdalen Rising: The Beginning, Bright Dark Madonna, The Return of the Goddess, and The Wild Mother. She lives with her husband in the Hudson Valley. Read more about Cunningham and her work by visiting the author’s website.
A hard cover edition of The Monastery of the Heart: An Invitation to a Meaningful Life by Joan Chittister (released through Bluebridge in May). This book is marketed as “a spiritual guide for all of us who are seeking a more purposeful life today, in a time of social upheavals and global transformations.” Chittister builds on the ancient Rule of Benedict to show new ways of meaningful living. Read more about the book on its dedicated website.
Joan Chittister is an internationally known author and lecturer and is the executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality. She is the past president of the Conference of American Benedictine Prioresses and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. She currently serves as c0-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women. She lives in Erie, Pennsylvania.
TWO BOOK GIVEAWAY
Due to a very high volume of review books, I am happy today to offer two of my Mailbox Monday books for giveaway: Red-Robed Priestess AND The Monastery of the Heart.
- This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway.
- To enter, leave me a comment on this post telling me you would like to be entered…and letting me know which book you would like to win (pick ONE).
- This is a quick giveaway…I’ll close comments tomorrow (August 9th) at 5:00 pm, and draw two winners on Wednesday, August 10th.
- The winners will be announced on my blog and I will also send them an email.
That’s it! Good luck!