Mailbox Monday – September 23, 2013

mailboxsummerWelcome to this week’s Mailbox Monday and which is hosted by Yolanda @ Notorious Spinks Talks Bob @ Beauty in Ruins today. Visit the dedicated blog for the meme to see the complete tour schedule in the right sidebar.

The last time I posted a mailbox was way back on August 25th – just about one month ago. If you’re wondering why, read this post. So today I will share with you what has arrived over the last few weeks.

The wonderful folks at Picador sent me two books:

ItsFineIt’s Fine By Me by Per Petterson, translated from the Norwegian by Don Bartlett (September 2013) promises to be another gem by this fantastic literary fiction author. I’ve read Out Stealing Horses (read my review) and I Curse the River of Time (read my review) by this author – loved one and was luke warm on the other…so I am hoping I love this one. It’s Fine by Me revisits the protagonist, Arvid Jansen, from I Curse the River of Time. Arvid is a youth who befriends a boy named Audun who lives with his mother in a working-class district of Oslo. Audun is a complex character who at first refuses to talk, then spends hours discussing Jack London and Ernest Hemingway while wondering if school is the right path for him. Described as “spare, slim, and haunting” by author Caroline Leavitt, the novel promises to be both tender and brutal.

Per Petterson won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his novel Out Stealing Horses, which has been translated into more than thirty languages.

Don Bartlett lives in England and works as a freelance translator of Scandinavian literature.

PenumbraMr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (September 2013) has been named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. It won the Alex Award and was a finalist for the Lost Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction. Set during the Great Recession, the book focuses on Clay Jannon who has left his job as a web-design drone in San Francisco to work at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But the store is odd and Clay is determine to uncover its secrets. Described as “surreal” and “part technological meditation, part thrilling adventure, part requiem,” the novel is about passion for books, history and the future.

Robin Sloan grew up in Michigan and splits his time between San Francisco and the Internet. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is his first novel. Learn more about Sloan and his work by visiting the author’s website.

SidewalkDancingAtticus Books sent me a novel in short stories. Sidewalk Dancing by Letitia Moffitt (November 2013). The book is described as “a careful exploration of a diverse family’s dynamics told with the subtle wrist bends and brush strokes of a perpetual outsider.” It is a series of linked stories of a multi-ethnic family’s search for stamina and identity in a world of onlookers.” The stories take the reader to China, to Hawaii, to New York City, to Ireland and are classified as “autobiographical fiction.”

Letitia L. Moffitt was born and raised in Hawaii. She received her doctoral degree in English and Creative Writing from Binghamton University in New York and currently teaches creative writing as an associate professor at Eastern Illinois University. Her work – fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction – has been published in literary journals. Learn more about Moffitt and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Did any amazing books arrive at YOUR house this week?


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  1. I really loved Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store when I read it last year, it’s such a great, unique story!

  2. I hope you enjoy these books when you decide to get to them. Relax and enjoy a little break from reading.

    • Serena on September 23, 2013 at 05:01

    Looks like you got some good books…I didn’t get the Atticus one…it got lost in the mail…lol I hope its a good one.

  3. I keep wanting to read Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore and I keep forgetting about it! Thanks for the reminder, Wendy. 😀

    • Kim on October 7, 2013 at 09:49

    Life happens….slumps happen….priorities rearrange! Maybe part of the issue is balancing a love of reading and a love of sewing/quilting? I had to face the balancing act thing a couple of years ago when knitting became a big part of who I am. Just a thought…..

    That is quite a diverse set of books you have received! I hope something catches your fancy. 🙂

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