Honestly, it can be difficult for me to think of a topic to blog about every month. I cannot imagine how professional bloggers do it everyday or even several times a week. So, on a hunt for something even remotely interesting to share, I went out to the desk to pay my fines <blush> and stumbled upon a pile of holds. There were three wonderful titles that I had been waiting for, so I thought I would share them with you here.
Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
The latest from Chris Cleave finally arrived! Along with book clubs worldwide, I loved Cleave's last book, Little Bee, and was waiting for this new title for months. A different time period for Cleave, Everyone Brave is set in London during WWII, an emotionally-charged time when proper schoolchildren are sent to the country while the infirm, mentally disabled, and children of color must remain behind. Mary leaves her prep school in hopes of becoming a spy for the Queen, while Tom, headmaster of a London school, remains behind for the students instead of taking the brave leap into war. When Mary finds herself disappointedly assigned as a teacher, she pairs with Tom to remain in the city and care for these children who have been left behind, while bombs are dropping all around them.
I've enjoyed immersing myself in their story and I look forward to exploring the history and characters of Cleave's latest!
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
According to Library Journal, Patrick's first novel is "a stunning addition to the popular genre of transformative stories of otherwise uneventful lives." Compared to Rachel Joyce's The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Nina George's The Little Paris Bookshop, this book will capture readers' hearts.
On the first anniversary of her death, Arthur Pepper discovers a charm bracelet that belonged to his beloved wife, Miriam. However, he's never seen it before. Readers follow Arthur as he stumbles around the world searching for clues about the bracelet, meeting a colorful cast of characters, visiting unusual and exotic locales, and learning about Miriam's past and the risks she had to take to marry him.
I love sweet stories like this one that take simple people to extraordinary places. I can't wait to get started!
The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
Dominic Smith is one of my favorite writers, so I put this on hold knowing nothing of what the book is about. Smith's debut novel, The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre, was stunning in the author's vivid writing style.
According to the publisher the book tells the story of "a rare landscape by a female Dutch painter of the golden age, an inheritor of the work in 1950s Manhattan, and a celebrated art historian who painted a forgery of it in her youth."
I, however, will read it in order to soak up writing like this, from the first chapter: "He stands by the French doors on the top floor, out of the way, watching the rooms burnish with late-afternoon light. There's a fleeting sense of nostalgia and satisfaction as dusk pours through the space. Everything seems impossibly solid and real at this time of day and year, every object flushed with significance ... now that these things belong to him he finds comfort in staring at them in that hour before the first lamp is switched on. A life contained, parsed into objects. When he closes his eyes he can smell the linseed oil in the seascapes or the Turkish prayer rugs that somehow smell like warming hay ... He sits there until the room bloats with darkness. Eventually, he gets up and walks room to room, switching on the lamps."
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