This week's "Coming Soon to a Book Store Near You" pick is from of my favorite imprints -- Europa. What do you think -- would you try it?
The Unknown Bridesmaid; Margaret Forster
Europa - September 2014
Margaret Forster's twenty-sixth work of fiction is a subtle, psychologically probing of personal history, guilt, and redemption. Julia, a troubled and isolated child with few friends, is tormented by the irreparable damage she believes she has caused her family during a seemingly innocuous outing with her cousin's newborn Hild. Haunted by guilt and anxiety, she becomes a child psychologist and, later, a magistrate. Yet as The Guardian notes, "It's a gripping read without being a thriller because we are drawn ineluctably into something darker that we sense is always floating just beneath the surface of what Julia chooses to tell us." Executed with razor-sharp control and remarkable confidence, Forster's novel is a powerful case study on the consequences of self-deception and the unforeseen effects it can have on he rest of our lives.