Here is what showed up at my house this week:
Ballantine Books sent me an Advance Readers Edition of The Paradise Guest House (March 2013) for a TLC Book Tour in March and April. Watch for my review on April 16th. The novel is about one woman’s journey to Bali in search of love, renewal, and a place to call home and is being compared to Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love and Alex Garland’s The Beach. When Jamie, an American adventure guide, is sent on assignment to Bali she finds herself caught up in nightclub bombings. A year later, haunted by what she has seen, Jamie returns to Bali looking for Gabe, a man who saved her life in the bombings. But is she ready to open her heart to love? The novel, in part, is based on the 2002 terrorist bombing of Bali.
Ellen Sussman is the author of the novels French Lessons and On a Night Like This, both national bestsellers. She has published numerous essays in anthologies, including The Other Woman, and a dozen of her short stories have appeared in literary and commercial magazines. Sussman has taught at Pepperdine, UCLA and Rutgers University. She now teaches through Stanford Continuing Studies and in private classes out of her home. She has two daughters and lives with her husband in Northern California. Learn more about Sussman and her work by visiting the author’s website.
Author Fiona Maazel sent me an Advance Readers Edition of her upcoming novel Woke Up Lonely (Graywolf Press, April 2013). This is what the author writes about the book: “It’s about a cult leader, his ex-wife, and the four people he takes hostage. It’s about loneliness in America. It’s also about North Korea. A city underneath the city of Cincinnati. Cloud seeding. Espionage. Eavesdropping. It’s also, you know, a big old love story.” This looks like a fascinating book and I am eager to read it.
Fiona Maazel is the author of the novel Last Last Chance (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2008; Picador Paperback, 2009). She is winner of the Bard Prize for Fiction and a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35″ honoree. Her work has appeared in Anthem, Bomb, Book Forum, Boston Book Review, The Common, Conjunctions, Fence, GQ, Glamour, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Millions, Mississippi Review, N+1, The National Post, The New York Times, The NY Times Sunday Book Review, Salon, This American Life, Tin House, The Village Voice, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. She teaches at Brooklyn College, New York University, Columbia, and Princeton, and was appointed the Picador Guest Professor at the University of Leipzig, Germany, for the spring of 2012. She lives in Brooklyn, NY. Learn more about Maazel and her work by visiting the author’s website.
Did any fantastic books arrive at YOUR home this week?