Mailbox Monday – October 17, 2011

Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday. This month Mailbox Monday is being hosted by Serena at Savvy Verse & Wit.

Make sure to visit Serena’s blog today and add your link … you’ll also find links to other readers’ mailboxes there.

To see the schedule of this meme’s host, please visit the dedicated blog.

Here is what arrived at MY house this week:

Picador sent me an Advance Readers Edition of Five Bells by Gail Jones (due for release in February 2012). Isn’t that a gorgeous cover?  This novel was short listed for the Victorian Premier’s Award for Fiction. Set in Australia, the book opens with four adults converging on a circular quay at the site of the Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge. Each of the four brings with them a complicated history from somewhere else. Over the course of one Saturday, Five Bellsdescribes four lives that come to share not only a place and a time but also mysterious patterns and symbols, including a barely glimpsed fifth figure, a young child.” The novel has been described as “intense,” “poetic,” and “intelligent.”

Gail Jones was born in Western Australia and educated at the University of Western Australia. She works as Professor of Writing in the Writing and Society Research School at the University of Western Sydney. She is an award winning author of five previous novels, as well as two collections of short stories.

Also arriving from Picador was the The Marriage Artist by Andrew Winer (released this month). I received this book as part of BOOK CLUB who will be discussing the book on Nicole’s blog on October 25th. The publisher describes the book as follows: “When the wife of renowned art critic Daniel Lichtmann plunges to her death, she is not alone. Lying next to her is Benjamin Wind, the very artist Daniel most championed. Dedicating himself to uncovering the secrets of their relationship, Daniel discovers a web of mysteries leading back to pre–World War II Vienna.” The book is an “elaborate psycho-political-sexual puzzle, with…hard truths, startling visions, and eerie insights into the mystical and memorializing powers of art, and that endless hunger we call love.

Read an excerpt from the book.

Andrew Winer is also the author of The Color Midnight Made. Formerly an artist who wrote art criticism, he teaches at the University of California, Riverside, where he has directed the MFA program in creative writing. He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction and is married to the writer Charmaine Craig, with whom he has two daughters. Learn more about Winer and his work by visiting the author’s website.

An unsolicited hard cover edition of Cold Glory by B. Kent Anderson arrived through Tor/Forge(released earlier this month). This novel is the first book in a brand-new thriller series by this author. “When the first page of a shocking Civil War-era document is unearthed in Oklahoma, history professor Nick Journey is called in to evaluate the find–and is promptly attacked by two men armed with Special Forces weapons.” Federal agent Meg Tolman soon finds herself joining Journey’s cross-country quest to recover and protect the missing pages. The book is described as fast-paced and thrilling as the plot unfolds.

Read an excerpt from the book.

B. Kent Anderson is a journalist and broadcaster. A graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, he is currently a features writer for the Southwestern Publishing group of magazines. He lives with his three sons in Oklahoma City. Learn more about Anderson and his work by visiting the author’s website.

Did any wonderful books arrive at YOUR house this week?

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    • Serena on October 17, 2011 at 01:16

    These are all new to me. The Australian one caught my eye. Happy reading.

    • Anne on October 17, 2011 at 02:29

    Five Bells sounds great, hope you enjoy it!

    • Mystica on October 17, 2011 at 02:57

    All new to me as well. Looks good!

  1. Wonderful mailbox. Looks like you got some great books! Have a great reading week.

    Have a look at my haul of free e-books this week!!

    Here is my post!

    • zibilee on October 17, 2011 at 05:48

    Cold Glory is supposed to be amazing, and we got the chance to hear Anderson speak at SIBA. His book has a lot of interesting features, and I hope that you enjoy it. I know it’s one that I am very eager to get to!

  2. Five Bells has caught my eye! It sounds like a wonderful read! And you are right, that cover is gorgeous!

  3. I’m glad to hear Five Bells is finally getting a U.S. release. Many predicted it would make this year’s Orange Prize longlist, and I’ve been eager to read it. Enjoy!

  4. They all look good to me, enjoy!

  5. All of your books look good to me! I had the pleasure of meeting Kent at SIBA and he’s a great guy.

    • Holly on October 17, 2011 at 13:41

    That is a beautiful cover on the first one-and an interesting premise too. Happy reading!

    • Kailana on October 17, 2011 at 15:16

    Your new books look good. Enjoy!

  6. I received The Marriage Artist too! I hope to get to it soon! Enjoy your books.

    • Amused on October 17, 2011 at 19:38

    The Marriage Artist intrigues me. Looking forward to seeing what you think of that one!

    • Harvee on October 20, 2011 at 16:56

    Nice to find out about new books. Enjoy reading!

    • Mary on October 21, 2011 at 11:46

    They all look good!

    • Wendy on October 21, 2011 at 16:13

    Thanks to all who stopped by and commented this week! I am pretty excited about this batch of books 🙂

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