Here is what showed up at my house this week:
The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell (January 2, 2013) arrived from Harper Collins. This book is a Barnes & Noble New Writers Pick for Winter/Spring 2013 and an Indie Next Pick for January 2013. From the publisher:
A riveting, brilliantly written debut novel, The Death of Bees is a coming-of-age story in which two young sisters attempt to hold the world at bay after the mysterious death of their parents. Marnie and Nelly, left on their own in Glasgow’s Hazlehurst housing estate, attempt to avoid suspicion until Marnie can become a legal guardian for her younger sister.
Written with fierce sympathy and beautiful precision, and told in alternating voices, The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell is an enchanting, grimly comic tale of lost souls who, unable to answer for themselves, can answer only for each other.
Lisa O’Donnell won the Orange Screenwriting Prize in 2000 for The Wedding Gift and, in the same year, was nominated for the Dennis Potter New Screenwriters Award. A native of Scotland, she is now a full-time writer and lives in Los Angeles with her two children. The Death of Bees is her first novel. Learn more about O’Donnell and her work by visiting the author’s website.
Also arriving from Harper Collins was 1356 by Bernard Cornwell (January 8, 2013). From the publisher:
Bernard Cornwell, the “master of martial fiction” (Booklist), brings Thomas of Hookton from the popular Grail Quest series into a new adventure in 1356, a thrilling stand-alone novel. On September 19, 1356, a heavily outnumbered English army faced off against the French in the historic Battle of Poitiers. In 1356, Cornwell resurrects this dramatic and bloody struggle—one that would turn out to be the most decisive and improbable victory of the Hundred Years’ War, a clash where the underdog English not only the captured the strategic site of Poitiers, but the French King John II as well. In the vein of Cornwell’s bestselling Agincourt, 1356 is an action-packed story of danger and conquest, rich with military strategy and remarkable characters—both villainous and heroic—transporting readers to the front lines of war while painting a vivid picture of courage, treachery, and combat.
Bernard Cornwell was born in London in 1944, was adopted by a family in Essex who belonged to a religious sect (called the Peculiar People). After a stint as a teacher at the University of London, he joined BBC Television where he worked for the next 10 years (first as a researcher on the Nationwideprogram and finally as Head of Current Affairs Television for the BBC in Northern Ireland). Cornwell eventually moved to the United States where he married his wife, Judy, and began to write the adventures of a British soldier in the Napoleonic wars—and so the Sharpe series was born. Learn more about Cornwell and his work by visiting the author’s website.
Fonduing Fathers by Julie Hyzy came to me from Berkley Prime Crime/Penguin (January 2013). From the publisher:
Olivia has always believed that her father was an honorable man—until a trip to visit her mother reveals that he was dishonorably discharged from the army. Olivia is even more shocked to learn that he was brutally murdered because someone at his company suspected him of selling corporate secrets. Refusing to believe that her father was a scoundrel, Olivia won’t rest until she proves his innocence. Enlisting the help of her boyfriend, Gav, Olivia must reach out to her father’s colleagues to discover the truth behind his murder. What she’s about to discover may not only put her at risk, but threaten national security as well…
The book includes recipes for “a complete Presidential menu.”
Julie Hyzy’s s first experience with food included flipping burgers and chopping onions at a neighborhood hot dog stand. Over the years, she’s acted in community theater productions, appeared in television commercials, and crashed a previously all-male fraternity to become one of the first female brothers in Loyola University’s Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi. She published her first book, State of the Onion, in 2008. Fonduing Fathers is her ninth novel. Learn more about Hyzy and her work by visiting the author’s website.
Did any terrific books arrive at YOUR house this week?