Hello, dear readers.
Summertime and the reading is easy. Here are some pieces on my to-read list for the season.
The Sea Garden by Deborah Lawrenson
I absolutely loved Lawrenson's last book, The Lantern, and am really looking forward these three novellas that combine mystery, history, romance, and World War II. Here's one of the reviews.
“The Sea Garden weaves a double spell: Lawrenson steeps her story of the invisible heroes of the French Resistance crossing borders-and here, crossing time-deep in the eerie beauty of the South of France. The result is a marvelous strange fruit: think Graham Greene with a dash of Poe.” (Sarah Blake, author of The Postmistress)
Reel me in, right? It's a refreshing take on Miss Austen's classic, which focuses on the servants, rather than the Bennet family. Can't wait!
“A triumph: a splendid tribute to Austen’s original but, more importantly, a joy in its own right…Like Austen, Baker has written an intoxicating love story but, also like Austen, the pleasure of her novel lies in its wit and fierce intelligence…Baker not only creates a richly imagined story of her own but recasts Austen’s novel in a startlingly fresh light…Inspired.” —The Guardian
One More Thing by B. J. Novak
“His more concise stories come across as brainy comedy bits, while his sustained tales covertly encompass deep emotional and psychological dimensions… Novak excels at topsy-turvy improvisations on a dizzying array of subjects, from Aesop’s fables to tabloid Elvis to our oracular enthrallment to the stock market…Novak’s ingeniously ambushing stories of longing, fear, pretension, and confusion reveal the quintessential absurdities and transcendent beauty of our catchas-catch-can lives.” —Booklist, starred review
So, Bibliophiles, how about you? What novels are on your bedside tables this season?