Mailbox Monday – June 25, 2012

Welcome to this week’s Mailbox Monday which is hosted this month at Marie’s blog – Burton Book Review.

Go to the dedicated blog for the meme to see the complete tour schedule in the right sidebar.

Here is what showed up at my house this week:

As part of BOOK CLUB, Other Press sent me a copy of The Absolutist by John Boyne (trade paperback to be released July 10, 2012).  This claims to be “a masterfully told tale of passion, jealousy, heroism and betrayal set in the gruesome trenches of World War I.” The book is set in 1919 and centers around a twenty-one-year-old character named Tristan Sadler who is traveling by train from London to Norwich to deliver a package of letters to the sister of the man he fought alongside during the Great War. But Tristan also carries a secret. This novel is a tale of passion, jealousy, heroism, and betrayal set in one of the most gruesome trenches of France during World War I.

John Boyne was born in Dublin, Ireland and studied English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin, and creative writing at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, where he was awarded the Curtis Brown prize. His award winning novel The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas was made into an award-winning Miramax film.  The novel sold more than 5 million copies worldwide. Learn more about Boyne and his work by visiting the author’s website.

Elaine from Penguin sent me a copy of The Bay of Foxes by Sheila Kohler (June 2012). The publisher calls this an “erotic tale of passion and power.” Set in 1978 Paris, the novel features Dawit, a young, beautiful, and educated Ethiopian refugee, who meets the famous French author M. at the height of her fame. M. invites Dawit to live with her, but when she brings him to her Sardinian villa, beside the Bay of Foxes, Dawit finds love and temptation—and perfects the art of deception.

Sheila Kohler was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She lived for 15 years in Paris, where she married, did her undergraduate degree in literature at the Sorbonne, and a graduate degree in psychology at the Institut Catholique. She moved to the USA in 1981, and did an MFA in writing at Columbia.  Kohler has won two O’Henry prizes. Kohler has previously published eight novels. Her novel Cracks was nominated for an Impac award in 2001. Learn more about Kohler and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Jessica from Random House/Bantam Books sent me a copy of Getting Over Mr. Right by Chrissie Manby (July 10, 2012).  From the publisher: “This is one woman’s journey from love to lunacy and back again. If you ever recall past heartbreaks with acute embarrassment and an urge to go into hiding, this will make you feel better. Sure, you may have sent his new girlfriend a bunch of dead roses, but did you spend a grand on psychic hot-lines and a voodoo curse?

Chrissie Manby has published thirteen novels on the single life. She currently lives in London. Learn more about Manby and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Did any wonderful books arrive at YOUR home this week?

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  1. All of these are new to me and look different but interesting.

  2. New to me as well. Enjoy them all.

  3. Getting Over Mr. Right looks very cute. Enjoy all your new reads!

  4. Not familiar with them but they all sound like strong reads

    • kaye on June 25, 2012 at 02:59

    The Absolutist sounds good – I’m usually drawn more to WWII but this one could be very interesting. Have a good week, Wendy, and enjoy all your new books!

  5. You have a book for whatever mood you’re in! They all look good to me.

    • Nomadreaderblog on June 25, 2012 at 05:32

    All of these are new to me, and the first two sound fabulous. Happy reading!

  6. You read so different books and I love to know what you are reading! Your blog is one of my favourite blogs!

    Here is my post.

    • Marie on June 25, 2012 at 05:43

    OMG The Absolutist looks awesome!

    • Serena on June 25, 2012 at 06:13

    This one — The Bay of Foxes by Sheila Kohler — catches my eye. Happy reading and quilting.

  7. Some interesting titles, enjoy!

    • Gabi on June 25, 2012 at 13:04

    Thanks for this nice review, I just had been searching for my next read for a couple of weeks since I’ve been finished with the last one, when I came to your blog. I think that Getting Over Mr. Right could be my next favorite!

    • Mary on June 25, 2012 at 13:08

    Getting Over Mr. Right sounds fun!

  8. Enjoy your new books!

    • Ryan on June 27, 2012 at 14:29

    I got The Absolutist as well and I can’t wait to get started on it. Hope you are having a great week.

    • Alyce on June 28, 2012 at 10:56

    Out of all of those The Absolutist appeals to me the most. I’ll keep an eye out for your review.

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