I received some great books this week.
Race Across the Sky by Derek Sherman (July 2013) arrived from Plume for a TLC Book Tour in August. When I read the description of this novel, it really appealed to me. Caleb Oberest is an ultra marathon runner, who severed all ties to his family to race brutal 100-mile marathons across mountains. Shane Oberest is a sales rep for a biotechnology firm, and has spent his life longing to connect with his older brother. When Caleb falls in love with a member of his running group and discovers her infant daughter has a fatal genetic disease, he reaches out to Shane. Shane comes up with a plan to help, but it requires both brothers to risk everything. For more information about Race Across the Sky, visit the book’s website.
Derek Sherman works in advertising as a writer and Creative Director. His work has received every major industry award, and been named among the best of the last 25 years by Archive Magazine. He is a co-founder of the Chicago Awesome Foundation, a charity dedicated to awarding micro-grants. He lives in Chicago with his wife and children. This is his first novel.
The good folks from Hogarth sent me two books:
The Forgiven by Lawrence Osborne (June 2013). In this novel, the reverberations of a random accident on the lives of Moroccan Muslims and Western visitors who converge on a luxurious desert villa for a decadent weekend-long party are explored. From the publisher: “David and Jo Henniger, a doctor and a children’s book author, in search of an escape from their less than happy lives in London, accept an invitation to attend a bacchanal at their old friends’ home, deep in the Moroccan desert. But as a groggy David navigates the dark desert roads, two young men spring from the roadside, the car swerves…and one boy is left dead. When David and Jo arrive at the party, the Moroccan staff, already disgusted by the rich, hedonistic foreigners in their midst, soon learn of David’s unforgivable act. Then the boy’s irate Berber father appears, and events begin to spin beyond anyone’s control.” Osborne’s prose is described as “spare, evocative, and with searing eroticism.”
Lawrence Osborne is the author of one previous novel, Ania Malina, and six books of nonfiction, including the memoir Bangkok Days. His journalism and short stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, Newsweek, Forbes, Tin House, Harper’s, Conde Nast Traveler, and many other publications. Osborne has led a nomadic life, residing for years in France, Italy, Morocco, the United States, Mexico, and Thailand. He currently lives in Istanbul. Learn more about Osborne and his work by visiting the author’s website.
The People of Forever are not Afraid by Shani Boianjiu (June 2013). The novel is set in an Israeli village and centers around teenagers Yael, Avishag, and Lea. These young women have no idea how their lives will change when they are conscripted into the army. “Yael trains marksmen and flirts with boys. Avishag stands guard, watching refugees throw themselves at barbed-wire fences. Lea, posted at a checkpoint, imagines the stories behind the familiar faces that pass by her day after day. They gossip about boys and whisper of an ever more violent world just beyond view. They drill, constantly, for a moment that may never come. They live inside that single, intense second just before danger erupts.” Described as “relentlessly energetic and arresting” the book promises to capture “that unique time in a young woman’s life when a single moment can change everything.”
Shani Boianjiu served in the Israeli Defense Forces for two years. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Zoetrope, Vice, the Wall Street Journal, and the Guardian. Shani is the youngest recipient ever of the National Book Foundation’s 5 under 35, and The People of Forever Are Not Afraid is her first novel. Read (or listen to) an interview on NPR with the author.
All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue (May 2013) arrived from William Morrow. This is a coming-of-age tale set on the New Jersey shore. Three former best friends, their lives rapidly unraveling, are reunited at the beach town of their past—where the ambience of summer encourages them to explore new experiences they would never otherwise attempt. Kate, Vanessa, and Dani begin to realize just how much their lives—and friendships—have been shaped by the choices they made one fateful summer night years ago. In the hope of finally moving forward, the women turn to one another for forgiveness—but how can they forgive each other when they can’t forgive themselves?
Meg Donohue is the author of How to Eat a Cupcake. She has an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University and a BA in comparative literature from Dartmouth College. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she now lives in San Francisco with her husband, their two young daughters, and their dog. Learn more about Donohue and her work by visiting the author’s website.
The Glass Wives by Amy Sue Nathan (May 2013) arrived from St. Martin’s Press. This is a debut novel about what happens between two women, Evie and Nicole, when a tragic car accident ends the life of Richard Glass. There’s no love lost between the widow and the ex. but when they both find themselves strapped for cash, Evie cautiously agrees to share living expenses—and her home—with Nicole and her baby. This is a story about what makes a family.
Amy Sue Nathan lives and writes near Chicago where she hosts the popular blog, Women’s Fiction Writers. She has published articles in Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune and New York Times Online among many others. Amy is the proud mom of a son and a daughter in college, and a willing servant to two rambunctious rescued dogs. Learn more about Nathan and her work by visiting the author’s website.
The Guest House by Erika Marks (Penguin, June 2013) arrived direct from the author…and it was personalized and signed for me!
For generations, the natives of Harrisport have watched wealthy summer families descend on their Cape Cod town, inhabiting the massive cottages along the town’s best stretches of beachfront. But when rich Southerner Tucker Moss breaks the heart of local girl Edie Wright in the summer of 1966, an enduring war starts between the two families that lasts for generations….
When Edie’s youngest child, Lexi falls in love withTucker’s son, Hudson—she soon finds herself jilted when Hudson breaks off their engagement. Eleven years later, Lexi returns home after two years away studying architectural photography, just in time for yet another summer on the Cape. When Hudson’s younger brother, Cooper, arrives to sell the seaside estate after the death of his father and Lexi is hired to photograph it, an unlikely attraction forms. Renovations at the Moss guest house reveal a forty-six-year-old declaration of love carved into a piece of framing—and a startling truth emerges that will force two women and the men who love them to confront the treacherous waters of their pasts.
Erika Marks is a native New Englander who was raised in Maine and has worked as an illustrator, cake decorator, and carpenter. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband, a native New Orleanian, their two daughters, and their dog. Learn more about Marks and her work by visiting the author’s website.
Market Street by Anita Hughes (St. Martin’s Press, March 2013) also arrived direct from the author. This novel is described as “a delicious story of a department store heiress, her messy marriage, and her passion for food.” Description by the publisher:
Cassie Blake seems to lead a charmed life as the heiress to Fenton’s, San Francisco’s most exclusive department store. But when she discovers her husband, Aidan, a handsome UC Berkeley professor, has had an affair with a student, she flees to the comfort of her best friend Alexis’s Presidio Heights mansion, where she wonders if she should give their marriage one more chance.
Whether or not she can forgive Aidan is not the only choice Cassie has to make. Cassie’s mother is eager to have her oversee the opening of Fenton’s new Food Emporium, which Fenton’s hopes will become San Francisco’s hottest gourmet shopping destination. Cassie’s true passion has always been food, not fashion, and Cassie suspects her mother might be trying to lure her into the Fenton’s fold by entrusting her with such an exciting opportunity. And then there is James, the architect designing the Emporium, who is quietly falling in love with her…
Anita Hughes is also the author of Monarch Beach. She attended UC Berkeley’s Masters in Creative Writing Program, and has taught Creative Writing at The Branson School in Ross, California. Hughes lives in Dana Point, California, where she is at work on her next novel. Learn more about Hughes and her work by visiting the author’s website.