Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday - Chris Bohjalian


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I haven't participated in this weekly even in a while, but when I saw this one yesterday, I decided to share my "can't-wait-to-read" selection by one of my favorite authors: The Light in the Ruins, by Chris Bohjalian.

July 2013 - Doubleday

From the New York Times bestselling author of Midwives and The Sandcastle Girls comes a spellbinding novel of love, despair, and revenge – set in war-ravaged Tuscany.

 1943: Tucked away in the idyllic hills south of Florence, the Rosatis, an Italian family of noble lineage, believe that the walls of their ancient villa will keep them safe from the war raging across Europe. Eighteen-year-old Cristina spends her days swimming in the pool, playing with her young niece and nephew, and wandering aimlessly amid the estate’s gardens and olive groves. But when two soldiers, a German and an Italian, arrive at the villa asking to see an ancient Etruscan burial site, the Rosatis' bucolic tranquility is shattered. A young German lieutenant begins to court Cristina, the Nazis descend upon the estate demanding hospitality, and what once was their sanctuary becomes their prison.

1955: Serafina Bettini, an investigator with the Florence police department, has her own demons. A beautiful woman, Serafina carefully hides her scars along with her haunting memories of the war. But when she is assigned to a gruesome new case – a serial killer targeting the Rosatis, murdering the remnants of the family one-by-one in cold blood – Serafina finds herself digging into a past that involves both the victims and her own tragic history.


  1. This one is on my list, too. I love his books!

  2. Wow, this one sounds good! I enjoyed Midwives, so I'm adding this one to my list. Thanks, Diane!

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  3. Another good one by Chris Bohjalian and a new one for me! thanks for the post.

  4. I haven't heard of this, but I have heard of the Author. Sounds really good! Nice pick :)
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  6. I saw this a few days ago and it's already on my list. Sounds fantastic.

  7. My goodness that does sounds like an interesting book. Great pick and Happy Reading! Here is my WoW for this week!

  8. Oh, wow, this one does sound good. I kind of have a love-hate relationship with Bohjalian. Well, maybe it's a love-uncomfortable relationship. I can't put the books down, but I always feel somewhat uncomfortable at the end. I guess that's actually a good thing.

  9. He seem pretty prolific with a book a year I think!

  10. What a great pick!! I need to get caught up with his writings. I really enjoy his books and he's so diverse!

  11. Oooooh, I didn't know he had a new one coming out. I'll definitely have to read it. I finished Sandcastle Girls and loved it. I'm really becoming a fan of his writing. Good pick Diane!

  12. Oh I didn't realize that Bohjalian will have a new book out. Will have to check it out. I hope you have been keeping safe and warm this weekend!


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