Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we are eagerly anticipating! Want to participate? Post your own WOW entry on your blog, and leave your link at Breaking the Spine. My pick is:

Europa - August 28, 2012


Winner - Campiello First Novel Award;
Finalist – The Strega Prize for Fiction.

Camelia is a young Italian woman who lives with her mother in Leeds, a city where it is always December and winter has been underway for such a long time that nobody is old enough to have seen what came before. She’s dropped out of university and translates instruction manuals for an Italian washing machine manufacturer; her mother, Livia Mega, once a renowned flautist, spends her days inside taking photographs of holes she finds in the house. Camelia and her mother communicate in a language of their own invention, in which words play no part. The lives of these two women have been undone by a calamity in their recent past, and there seems little or no possibility of ever finding their way back to a normal life. But one day Camelia meets Wen, a local shop owner. To win Camelia’s affections, Wen begins teaching her Chinese ideograms. Through this new language of signs and subtle variations Camelia learns to see the world anew and, in it, a chance for renewal.

 Stylistically innovative, linguistically thrilling, 70% Acrylic, 30% Wool announces the arrival of an exceptional new talent. A most unusual love story, one as unpredictable as the human heart itself, 70% Acrylic, 30% Wool is funny at times, bittersweet at others. It will find admirers among readers of Karen Russell and Jennifer Egan.

(I love Europa Editions, and when I learned of this one the other day, I had to pre-order it  (just $10.88 on Amazon).

11 comments:

  1. This one sounds wonderful, Diane....so lovely and tempting. Thanks for sharing....and here's MY WOW POST

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  2. At first I thought you'd picked a knitting book. That book sounds great!

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  3. This one sounds truly intriguing. Thanks for the spotlight.

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  4. This one sounds great - and probably one I wouldn't have heard of anywhere else. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I love Europa Editions, too - this sounds like a good one!

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  6. Wow. I would never have thought of photographing holes! Interesting story line. Thanks1

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  7. Now this sounds different and worth checking out. I like the Europa Editions books.

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  8. Sounds very interesting, hope you enjoy your pick!

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  9. Sounds good, but I would have never have guessed that from the title!

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  10. Great pick as usual Diane. I hadn't heard of this one before and it certainly sounds like something I would enjoy. It's an interesting title for sure!

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  11. This sounds interesting, but what are Europa books (I've seen you mention them before and I've assumed they are European novels, but are they anything else?).

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