Thursday, March 10, 2016

Coming Soon to a Book Store Near You - (3) New Titles


(3) soon to be released titles I have my eye on.


Mira - May - 2016

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In this poignant and curiously charming debut, a lovable widower embarks on a life-changing adventure 

Sixty-nine-year-old Arthur Pepper lives a simple life. He gets out of bed at precisely 7:30 a.m., just as he did when his wife, Miriam, was alive. He dresses in the same gray slacks and mustard sweater vest, waters his fern, Frederica, and heads out to his garden. 

But on the one-year anniversary of Miriam's death, something changes. Sorting through Miriam's possessions, Arthur finds an exquisite gold charm bracelet he's never seen before. What follows is a surprising and unforgettable odyssey that takes Arthur from London to Paris and as far as India in an epic quest to find out the truth about his wife's secret life before they met—a journey that leads him to find hope, healing and self-discovery in the most unexpected places. 

Featuring an unforgettable cast of characters with big hearts and irresistible flaws, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is a joyous celebration of life's infinite possibilities.


Knopf - April - 2016

(AMAZON DESCRIPTION)

A luminous, intensely moving tale that begins with a secret lovers’ assignation in the spring of 1924, then unfolds to reveal the whole of a remarkable life. 
            
Twenty-two-year-old Jane Fairchild has worked as a maid at an English country house since she was sixteen. For almost all of those years she has been the clandestine lover to Paul Sheringham, young heir of a neighboring house. The two now meet on an unseasonably warm March day—Mothering Sunday—a day that will change Jane’s life forever. 
            
As the narrative moves back and forth from 1924 to the end of the century, what we know and understand about Jane—about the way she loves, thinks, feels, sees, remembers—expands with every vividly captured moment. Her story is one of profound self-discovery, and through her, Graham Swift has created an emotionally soaring, deeply affecting work of fiction.



Ludivine; Marie NDiaye
Knopf - April - 2016

(AMAZON DESCRIPTION)

 From the hugely acclaimed author of Three Strong Women—“a masterpiece of narrative ingenuity and emotional extremes” (The New York Times)—here is a harrowing and subtly crafted novel of a woman captive to a secret shame.

On the first Tuesday of every month, Clarisse Rivière leaves her husband and young daughter and secretly takes the train to Bordeaux to visit her mother, Ladivine. Just as Clarisse’s husband and daughter know nothing of Ladivine, Clarisse herself has hidden nearly every aspect of her adult life from this woman, whom she dreads and despises but also pities. Long ago abandoned by Clarisse’s father, Ladivine works as a housecleaner and has no one but her daughter, whom she knows as Malinka. 

After more than twenty-five years of this deception, the idyllic middle-class existence Clarisse has built from scratch can no longer survive inside the walls she’s put up to protect it. Her untold anguish leaves her cold and guarded, her loved ones forever trapped outside, looking in. When her husband, Richard, finally leaves her, Clarisse finds comfort in the embrace of a volatile local man, Freddy Moliger. With Freddy, she finally feels reconciled to, or at least at ease with, her true self. But this peace comes at a terrible price. Clarisse will be brutally murdered, and it will be left to her now-grown daughter, who also bears the name Ladivine without knowing why, to work out who her mother was and what happened to her.

A mesmerizing and heart-stopping psychological tale of a trauma that ensnares three generations of women, Ladivine proves Marie NDiaye to be one of Europe’s great storytellers. 

Translated from the French by Jordan Stump

15 comments:

  1. I love new books too! These look good!

    Here's my new read: http://bookdilettante.blogspot.com/2016/03/book-review-lone-star-by-paullina-simons.html

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  2. I've got Ladivine on my radar! Hope to get to it...

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    1. I wasn't crazy about the cover but, the story sounds good.

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  3. I like the sound of Mothering Sunday and Ladivine.

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    1. I thought they sounded a bit different from my recent reads.

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  4. Those all sound pretty good for different reasons.

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    1. Yes, it's a nice variety - something for most reader tastes.

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  5. I love these posts, I always find great books to add to my list! I like the sound of all three books, but Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is definitely going on my list to read.

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    1. Woo Hoo!! I just checked and my library has this ordered and I'm the first in line to get it!

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  6. I have the Arthur Pepper book on my stacks and am looking forward to it. The other two I haven't heard of but both sound great.

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  7. I have not heard of any of these! Will have to look into them!

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  8. I love the sound of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper. It reminds me a little bit of A Man Called Ove, which I loved. Thanks for the heads-up!!

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