Here are the wonderful books which arrived at my house this week:
Flat Water Tuesday by Ron Irwin (audio book, read by Holter Graham) arrived from MacMillan Audio via Armchair BEA. I don’t normally “read” audio books, but I am excited about this one and plan to listen to it as I commute back and forth from work (I drive 30+ minutes each way). The novel centers around character Rob Carrey who arrives on the Fenton School’s campus with a scholarship to row. The most important race of the year is the Tuesday afternoon row in April against the rival boarding school of Warwick. As the race nears, the stakes rise and tempers and lust culminate in a terrible tragedy. Now, fifteen years later, Rob is a documentary filmmaker. When he gets a call to attend the fifteen year reunion at Fenton, he sees the opportunity to confront the past.
Ron Irwin was born and raised in Buffalo, New York and attended boarding school and college in New England where he was a member of a number of winning rowing crews. He is currently a writer in residence for the University of Cape Town’s MA in Creative Writing program, where he has taught since 1999. He holds a master’s in Literary Studies and a master’s in Creative Writing. He has worked as a freelance documentary filmmaker and journalist. Learn more about Irwin and his work by visiting the author’s website.
The Wednesday Daughters by Meg Waite Clayton (July 2013) arrived from Ballantine Books. I read Clayton’s novel, The Wednesday Sisters, and loved it (read my review), so I was really happy to find this book in my mailbox this week. This is described as a novel about “mothers and daughters, the best friends who become family, and the secrets and dreams passed down through generations.” In Clayton’s new novel, the reader is introduced to the children of the women from The Wednesday Sisters: Hope (Ally’s daughter), and Julie and Anna Page. The three young women travel together to a small cottage in England’s pastoral Lake district where Ally’s mother spent the last years of her life writing. As Hope searches through Ally’s personal effects, she discovers a stack of her mother’s old notebooks written in a mysterious code. As Hope, Julie and Anna try to deciper the code, they are forced to confront their own personal struggles…and through it all, they discover “a new understanding about the enduring bonds of family, the unwavering strength of love, and the inescapable pull of the past.”
Meg Waite Clayton is the author of The Language of Light, which was a finalist for the Bellwether Prize. Her stories and essays have appeared in Runner’s World, Writer’s Digest and literary magazines. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and was a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She lives in Palo Alto, California with her husband and two sons. Learn more about Clayton and her work by visiting the author’s website.
Did any fantastic books arrive at YOUR house this week?