Welcome to this week’s Mailbox Monday which is hosted this month at Mrs. Q Book Addict.
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Here is what showed up at my house this week:
Elianna from Picador sent me Big Girl Small by Rachel DeWoskin (July 2012) which is described as “scathingly funny.” From the publisher: “Judy Lohden is your above-average sixteen-year-old, with a voice that can shake an auditorium. She should be the star of Darcy Arts Academy, so why is she hiding in a seedy motel room? Perhaps it has something to do with a devastating scandal—and the fact that Judy is three feet nine inches tall. ” The novel has gotten glowing reviews.
Rachel DeWoskin is the author of Foreign Babes in Beijing, a memoir about her inadvertent notoriety as the star of a Chinese soap opera, and a novel, Repeat After Me. She lives in New York City and Beijing and is at work on her fourth book, Statutory. Learn more about DeWoskin and her work by visiting the author’s website.
The folks at Tor/Forge sent me a finished copy of the newest novel by Dan Wells: The Hollow City (July 3, 2012). This book is described as an “innovative thriller” which is narrated in the unique voice of Michael Shipman who is paranoid schizophrenic suffering from hallucinations, delusions, and complex fantasies of persecution and horror. So what happens if some of the monsters he sees turn out to be real? The publisher writes: “The Hollow City is a mesmerizing journey into madness, where the greatest enemy of all is your own mind.”
Dan Wells is best known for his three book series about the adventures of John Wayne Cleaver, a heroic young man who is a potential serial killer. He lives in Orem, Utah, with his wife, Dawn, and four young children. Learn more about Wells and his work by visiting the author’s website.
Catherine over at Penguin UK sent me two paperback novels which look like fun summer reads:
The Wedding Guests by Meredith Goldstein (July 19, 2012 in the UK) is a debut novel which is described as a “lighthearted, witty tale about five tricky wedding guests.” The story is about one wedding, five nightmare guests, and five ways to ruin the happiest day of someone else’s life.
Meredith Goldstein writes for the Boston Globe and is the author of its hugely popular advice column ‘Love Letters’ where she dishes out pearls of wisdom to the lovelorn. She was born in New Jersey and now lives in Massachusetts.
On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves (August 16, 2012 in the UK) is a love story with a twist. In the United States sales took the novel to the top 10 in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Amazon.com bestseller lists. Film rights have been optioned by MGM, with Temple Hill Productions slated to produce. The story revolves around thirty-year-old English teacher, Anna Emerson, who accepts a summer job tutoring seventeen year old T.J. Callahan at his family’s holiday home in the Maldives. While en route to join T.J.’s family, Anna and TJ crash land in the Indian ocean when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a fatal heart attack. Marooned on an uninhabited island, they work together to obtain water, food, fire and shelter but, as the days turn to weeks then months and finally years, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.
Tracey Garvis-Graves lives in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa, with her husband and two children. On the Island is her debut novel. Readers may learn more about Graves and enjoy her writing by visiting the author’s blog.
Did any fantastic books arrive at YOUR house this week?