Here is what showed up at my house this week:
Amy Einhorn Books sent me an Advance Readers Edition of Above All Things by Tanis Rideout (February 12, 2013). This novel is a blend of historical fact and imaginative fiction and centers around George and Ruth Mallory and George’s attempt to summit Mount Everest. The book promises to be full of details from the actual account of Mallory’s expedition. It explores the themes of obsession, sacrifice and what we do for love and honor. Early reviewers are calling the novel deeply felt, richly imagined, brilliantly told, and gorgeously written. Released in Canada in June 2012, Above All Things has already been praised widely and was named one of the five “Big Buzz” books at the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2011. So many of my favorite books seem to come from this publisher, so I am looking forward to reading this one next month.
Check out this essay written by Tanis Rideout about the novel: George and Ruth Mallory: From Myth to Fact to Fiction
Tanis Rideout’s work has appeared in numerous publications and has been shortlisted for several prizes, including the Bronwen Wallace Memorial Award and the CBC Literary Awards. Born in Belgium, she grew up in Bermuda and in Kingston, Ontario, and now lives in Toronto. Above All Things is her first novel. Learn more about Rideout and her work by visiting the author’s website.
Harper Perennial sent me a copy of All That I Am by Anna Funder available in paperback this month. The publisher writes: “Award-winning author Anna Funder delivers an affecting and beautifully evocative debut novel about a group of young German exiles who risk their lives to awaken the world to the terrifying threat of Hitler and Nazi Germany. Based on real-life events and people, All That I Am brings to light the heroic, tragic, and true story of a small group of left-wing German social activists who mounted a fierce and cunning resistance from their perilous London exile, in a novel that fans of Suite Francaise, The Piano Teacher, and Atonement will find irresistible and unforgettable.” The novel has won numerous literary awards including the Miles Franklin Literary Prize. It has been published in eighteen countries. Learn more about the book by visiting the dedicated page on the Harper site.
Anna Funder’s international bestseller, Stasiland, won the Samuel Johnson Prize for nonfiction. Her debut novel, All That I Am, has won many prizes, including the prestigious Miles Franklin Literary Award. Anna Funder lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and children. Learn more about Funder and her work by visiting the author’s website.
Did any wonderful books arrive at YOUR house this week?