I am REALLY excited about what showed up in my mailbox this week:
Many thanks to Riverhead Books for sending me an Advance Reader’s Edition of And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini – his third book due for release May 21, 2013. If I had to pick just one book I was most excited about for 2013, it would be this one.
Hosseini’s newest novel is multi-generational and explores “the many ways in which family members love, wound, honor, betray, surprise, and sacrifice fo rone another, at the times that matter the most.” I cannot wait to read this one. Please watch for my review in the early part of May. The book is available now for pre-order.
Khaled Hosseini is one of the most widely read and beloved novelists in the world, with more than ten million copies of his books sold in the United States alone. He is a Goodwill Envoy to the UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, and the founder of the Khaled Hosseini Foundation. He lives in Northern California. Learn more about Hosseini and his work on the author’s website, or follow him on Facebook.
I also received a finished copy of The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates (ECCO, March 2013). In this novel, Oates steps out of her usual genre and writes an historical novel with chilling supernatural elements. The novel is described as “an eerie, unforgettable story of possession, power, and loss in early-twentieth-century Princeton, a cultural crossroads of the powerful and the damned.”
A powerful curse besets the elite families of Princeton; their daughters begin disappearing. A young bride on the verge of the altar is seduced and abducted by a dangerously compelling man–a shape-shifting, vaguely European prince who might just be the devil, and who spreads his curse upon a richly deserving community of white Anglo-Saxon privilege. And in the Pine Barrens that border the town, a lush and terrifying underworld opens up.
Joyce Carol Oates is a recipient of the National Book Award and the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction. She has written some of the most enduring fiction of our time, including the national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde (a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize), and the New York Times bestsellers The Falls (winner of the 2005 Prix Femina Etranger) and The Gravedigger’s Daughter. She is the Roger S. Berlind Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Princeton University and has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1978. In 2003 she received the Common Wealth Award for Distinguished Service in Literature and The Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement, and in 2006 she received the Chicago Tribune Lifetime Achievement Award. Learn more about Oates and her work by visiting the author’s homepage.
The good people over at Picador sent me a copy of The Hunger Angel by Herta Muller (April 2013) which is translated by Philip Boehm. Way back in 2009 I read The Passport by this author (read my review), and was impressed with the poetry of the prose despite the dark and haunting themes. In The Hunger Angel, Muller once again takes readers to a dark place. She “calls upon her unique combination of poetic intensity and dispassionate precision to conjure the distorted world” of a Soviet labor camp. Seventeen year old Leo has been gifted with “the language to express the inexpressible, as hunger sharpens his senses into an acuity that is both hallucinatory and profound.”
Herta Muller is the winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Literature, as well as the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the European Literature Prize. She is the author of, among other books, The Land of the Green Plums and The Appointment. Born in Romania in 1953, Muller lost her job as a teacher and suffered repeated threats after refusing to cooperate with Ceausescu’s secret police. She succeeded in emigrating in 1987 and now lives in Berlin.
Did any amazing books show up at YOUR house this week?