This week I got three intriguing books in my mailbox:
Swimming to Elba by Silvia Avallone (Penguin, April 2013) is translated from the Italian by Antony Shugaar. This novel is described as a “provocative international bestseller about two young girls growing up fast in a failing industrial town on the coast of Italy.” Anna and Francesca, both just shy of their fourteenth birthdays are growing up on the beaches of their gritty town where “the glittering resort island of Elba taunts them from across the bay.” On the brink of high school, adulthood, and ambition they each set off on their own. As their choices take them to a painful crossroads, the girls must reconnect if they have any hope of escaping their small-town destinies. The publisher writes: “Frank, sensual, and evocative of the Academy Award–winning film Cinema Paradiso and the international bestseller The Solitude of Prime Numbers, Swimming to Elba is a harrowing yet redemptive meditation on politics, family, sex, and the lasting power of friendship.”
Silvia Avallone lives and works in Bologna, where in 2012 she graduated in Arts. She has published poems, articles and short stories. Her debut novel Swimming to Elba (published under the title Steel in Italy) won the Campiello Opera Prima, the prize Flaiano Fregene, the Città di Penne, and was ranked second in the Strega Prize 2010.
The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian (Doubleday, July 2013) is set in Florence during the mid-20th century. In 1943 the Rosatis, an Italian family of noble lineage, believe they are safe behind the walls of their villa. But when two soldiers, one German and one Italian, arrive at the villa…the tranquility of the Rosatis, including an eighteen-year old girl named Christina, is shattered. More than a decade later, Investigator Serafina Bettini is hiding her haunting memories of the war. When she is assigned to a serial killer case with the Florence Police Department, she finds herself unwittingly digging into a past that involves both the victims and her own tragic history.
Chris Bohjalian is the critically acclaimed author of sixteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Sandcastle Girls, Skeletons at the Feast, The Double Bind, and Midwives. His novel Midwives was a number one New York Times bestseller and a selection of Oprah’s Book Club. His work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages, and three of his novels have become movies (Secrets of Eden, Midwives, and Past the Bleachers). He lives in Vermont with his wife and daughter. Learn more about Bohjalian and his work by visiting the author’s website.
Daddy’s Gone A Hunting (Simon & Schuster, April 2013) is the latest suspense thriller by Mary Higgins Clark. In this novel a dark secret from a family’s past is exposed and threatens the lives of two sisters, Kate and Hannah Connelly. When the family-owned furniture firm in Long Island City explodes into flames in the middle of the night, the ashes reveal a startling and grisly discovery. What, if anything, does the tragedy have to do with the hunt for a young woman missing for many years. Mary Higgins Clark “presents the reader with a perplexing mystery, a puzzling question of identity, and a fascinating cast of characters—one of whom may just be a ruthless killer.”
Mary Higgins Clark is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and has written thirty-two suspense novels; three collections of short stories; an historical novel, Mount Vernon Love Story; and a memoir, Kitchen Privileges and two children’s books. She is the coauthor with Carol Higgins Clark of five suspense novels. More than 100 million copies of her books are in print in the United States alone, and her books are worldwide bestsellers. Learn more about Higgins Clark by visiting the author’s website.
Did any wonderful books arrive in YOUR mailbox this week?