Mailbox Monday – July 15, 2013

StaciMailboxWelcome to this week’s Mailbox Monday and which is hosted by Tasha @ Book Obsessed this month. Visit the dedicated blog for the meme to see the complete tour schedule in the right sidebar.

Here are the wonderful books which arrived at my house this week:

holyordersHoly Orders by Benjamin Black (August 2013) arrived from Henry Holt and Co. by way of Library Thing’s Early Review Program. This is the sixth book of the Quirke series (I read books one and two and really enjoyed them – read my reviews of Christine Falls and Silver Swan). In this novel, the body of Quirke’s daughter’s friend is brought to his autopsy table, and Quirke is plunged into a world of corruption that takes him to the darkest corners of the Irish Church and State. The story is set in Dublin at a time when newspapers are censored, social conventions are strictly defined, and appalling crimes are hushed up. Described as “haunting, fierce, and brilliantly plotted,” this book promises to be a page-turner.

Benjamin Black is a pseudonym for the Man Booker Prize-winning novelist John Banville. He is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed series of Quirke novels—including Christine Falls, A Death in Summer, and Vengeance—he lives in Dublin. Learn more about Black and his work by visiting the author’s website.

Tilted WorldThe Tilted World by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly (October 2013) arrived from William Morrow.  Tom Franklin dazzled me with his novel Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter (read my review) and so I was really interested to get a copy of this novel which he has written with his wife, who is an award winning poet. This novel is a prohibition-era tale of bootleggers and revenuers. Set in Mississippi in 1927, it features Ted Ingersoll and his partner, Ham Johnson – two federal agents sent to investigate the disappearance of two fellow agents who had been chasing a local bootlegger. Unexpectedly, they discover an abandoned baby boy at the crime scene. Enter Dixie Clay Holliver, a childless woman who is also a bootlegger…and someone eager to take in an orphaned baby. With time running out on all of them, Ingersoll, Ham, and Dixie Clay must make desperate choices which will transform their lives.

Tom Franklin was born in the hamlet of Dickinson, Alabama. He holds an MFA from the University of Arkansas. He is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author and won the Los Angeles Times Book Award in 2010 for Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. That novel was also nominated for nine other awards and won the Crime Writers’ Association’s Gold Dagger Award. His previous works include the Edgar-winning story Poachers from teh collection under the same title. He teaches at the University of Mississippi’s MFA program.

Beth Ann Fennelly has won grants from the NEA, United States Artists, and Fulbright to Brazil. Her honors include the Kenyon Review Prize and three inclusions in The Best American Poetry. She has published three volumes of poetry, along with a nonfiction book, Great with Child. She directs the University of Mississippi’s MFA program, where she was named the 2011 Outstanding Teacher of the Year.

NightFilmNight Film by Marisha Pessl (August 2013) arrived from Random House. Library Journal is calling it “this summer’s Gone Girl” and that made me take notice of the novel. From the publisher:

On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova—a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years. For McGrath, another death connected to this seemingly cursed family dynasty seems more than just a coincidence. Though much has been written about Cordova’s dark and unsettling films, very little is known about the man himself. Driven by revenge, curiosity, and a need for the truth, McGrath, with the aid of two strangers, is drawn deeper and deeper into Cordova’s eerie, hypnotic world. The last time he got close to exposing the director, McGrath lost his marriage and his career. This time he might lose even more.

Marisha Pessl’s bestselling debut novel, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, won the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize (now the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize), and was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. Pessl grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, and currently resides in New York City. Learn more about Pessl and her work by visiting the author’s website.

AftermathFinally, Picador sent me a finished copy of Aftermath: On Marriage and Separation by Rachel Cusk (July 2013). In 2003, Rachel Cusk published A Life’s Work, a memoir of the cataclysm of motherhood. Now, she offers an intimate exploration of divorce and its tremendous impact on the lives of women—and discovers opportunity as well as pain. This nonfiction book is described as “an unflinching chronicle of the upheaval of [Cusk’s] own recent separation” and “a vivid study of divorce’s complex place in our society.”

Rachel Cusk is the author of two memoirs, A Life’s Work and The Last Supper (FSG, 2009), and seven novels: Saving Agnes, winner of the Whitbread First Novel Award; The Temporary; The Country Life, which won a Somerset Maugham Award; The Lucky Ones; In the Fold; Arlington Park (FSG, 2007); and The Bradshaw Variations (FSG, 2010). She was chosen as one of Granta’s 2003 Best of Young British Novelists. She lives in Brighton, England.

Did any amazing books arrive at YOUR house this week?


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  1. Loving the look of Night Film (comes out September here) and I’ve written down Benjamin Black to find out more. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I’m reading Night Film right now and whoo-wee, it’s really starting to get intense. My copy of The Tilted World is taunting me so much! It’s one of my most anticipated for fall.

  3. They all look good to me. I’ve heard great things about The Tilted World and Night Film.

  4. There’s such great buzz surrounding Night Film, I hope you enjoy it!

    My most exciting arrival this week is a copy of Five Days at Memorial. I’m looking forward to digging into that one 🙂

  5. Holy Orders has piqued my interest!

    • RAnn on July 15, 2013 at 07:02

    Night Film seems to be making the rounds this week. Enjoy.

  6. I’ll definitely be interested in your thoughts on Night Film. I looooved Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Pessl.

  7. Nice mailbox. I received The Tilted World too. We can compare notes…haven’t heard anything about it, but it looks good.

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  8. I received The Tilted World also, Holy Orders looks good.

    • Ryan on July 19, 2013 at 21:48

    Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter was so good, I may have to check his new one out.

    • Serena on July 22, 2013 at 06:06

    Night Film I’ve been hearing good things about. I may have to pick that one up on my own.

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