Here are the wonderful books which arrived at my house this week:
Katie from Alfred A. Knopf sent me a copy of Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat (August 2013). This looks like an amazing novel. Set in a seaside town in Haiti, the story centers around a child whose mother died in childbirth. On each of her birthdays, Claire is taken by her father, Nozias, to visit her mother’s grave. On her seventh birthday, her father makes the wrenching decision to give Claire to a local shopkeeper who lost a child of her own…but Claire disappears. As Nozias and others look for the child, “painful secrets and startling truths” are unearthed. The novel promises to explore what it means to be a parent, child, neighbor, lover, and friend amid the magic and heartbreak of ordinary life.
Edwidge Danticat is the author of numerous books, including Brother, I’m Dying which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a National Book Award finalist; Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection; Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist; The Farming of Bones, an American Book Award winner; and The Dew Breaker, A PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and winner of the inaugural Story Prize. The recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and elsewhere.
Harper Books sent me Goat Mountain by David Vann (September 2013). It is no secret I was enthralled with Vann’s dark, psychological thriller – Caribou Island (read my review)…so I am always interested in new novels by him. Goat Mountain is set in Northern California in 1978 and opens with an eleven year old boy who joins his grandfather, his father, and his father’s best friend on the family’s annual deer hunt. When the men arrive at the gate to their land, the father discovers a poacher and sights him through the scope of his gun…then offers his son a look. This simple act with end in tragedy and transform everyone. From the publisher:
In prose devastating and beautiful in its precision, David Vann creates a haunting and provocative novel that explores our most primal of urges and beliefs, the bonds of blood and religion that define and secure us, and the consequences of our actions – what we owe for what we’ve done.
David Vann is an internationally bestselling author whose work has been translated into eighteen languages. He is the winner of fourteen prizes, including France’s Prix Medicis etranger, Spain’s Premi Llibreter, the Grace Paley Prize, a California Book Award, the AWP Nonfiction Prize, and France’s L’Express readers’ prize. A former Guggenheim Fellow, among others, he is a professor at the University of Warwick in England. He lives in New Zealand, England, and Turkey. Learn more about Vann and his work by visiting the author’s website.
Did any fantastic books arrive at YOUR house this week?