Mailbox Monday – July 30, 2012

Welcome to this week’s Mailbox Monday which is hosted this month at Mrs. Q Book Addict.

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:

For a TLC Book Tour next month, Harper Perennial sent me a copy of The World We Found by Thrity Umrigar (July 31, 2012). I’ve read The Space Between Us which I loved, and so I am eager to read this newest novel from Umrigar. The World We Found centers around four university students in who meet in the late 1970s in Bombay. “Spirited and unconventional, they challenged authority and fought for a better world. But over the past thirty years, the quartet has drifted apart, the day-to-day demands of work and family tempering the revolutionary fervor they once shared.” When one woman, Armaiti, becomes seriously ill…the four will reunite, “offering an unforgettable portrait of modern India while it explores the enduring bonds of friendship and the power of love to change lives.

Thrity Umrigar is the author of three other novels—The Space Between UsIf Today Be Sweet, and Bombay Time—and the memoir First Darling of the Morning. A journalist for 17 years, she is the winner of the Nieman Fellowship to Harvard University and a 2006 finalist for the PEN/Beyond Margins Award. An associate professor of English at Case Western Reserve University, Umrigar lives in Cleveland. Learn more about Umrigar and her work by visiting the author’s website.

The Mirrored World by Debra Dean arrived from Harper (August 2012). Debra Dean caught my attention with her stunning and beautifully written debut novel The Madonnas of Leningrad (read my review). In her sophomore effort, Dean transports readers to 18th century Russia (St. Petersburg) during the reign of Catherine the Great. Here she reconstructs and re-imagines the life of St. Xenia, one of Russia’s most revered and mysterious holy figures.

This is an exploration of the blessings of loyal friendship, the limits of reason, and the true costs of loving deeply.

Debra Dean’s bestselling debut novel, The Madonnas of Leningrad was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a #1 Booksense Pick, a Booklist Top Ten Novel, and an American Library Association Notable Book of the Year. It has been published in twenty languages. Her collection of short stories, Confessions of a Falling Woman, won the Paterson Fiction Prize and a Florida Book Award. A native of Seattle, she lives in Miami and teaches at Florida International University. Learn more about Dean and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Did any wonderful books arrive at YOUR home this week?

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  1. they sound like interesting reads, enjoy!

    http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2012/07/mailbox-monday_30.html

  2. I have read books by Thrity Umrigar….excellent. I am sure this one will be a great read as well.

    Stopping by from Mrs. Q’s List.

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    http://silversolara.blogspot.com

  3. Enjoy the new books. I’ve had Thrity Umrigar on my shelf at home and still haven’t read anything. I need to!

  4. Those both look excellent to me!

  5. Oh, I so hope that you enjoy the Umrigar book. She is one of my favorites, though I haven’t read all her books yet. I remember reading Bombay Time so long ago, and loving it, and then finding that the blogoshpere was alight with love for her. Great additions today!

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