Monday, June 11, 2012

Mailbox Monday 06.11.12

Hosted this month by Burton Book Review.

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Nick and her cousin, Helena, have grown up sharing sultry summer heat, sunbleached boat docks, and midnight gin parties on Martha's Vineyard in a glorious old family estate known as Tiger House. In the days following the end of the Second World War, the world seems to offer itself up, and the two women are on the cusp of their 'real lives': Helena is off to Hollywood and a new marriage, while Nick is heading for a reunion with her own young husband, Hughes, about to return from the war.

Soon the gilt begins to crack. Helena's husband is not the man he seemed to be, and Hughes has returned from the war distant, his inner light curtained over. On the brink of the 1960s, back at Tiger House, Nick and Helena--with their children, Daisy and Ed--try to recapture that sense of possibility. But when Daisy and Ed discover the victim of a brutal murder, the intrusion of violence causes everything to unravel. The members of the family spin out of their prescribed orbits, secrets come to light, and nothing about their lives will ever be the same.

Brilliantly told from five points of view, with a magical elegance and suspenseful dark longing, Tigers in Red Weather is an unforgettable debut novel from a writer of extraordinary insight and accomplishment.

From Hachette Book Group via NetGalley. Release date: July 17th.

They say behind every great man is a woman. Behind Edith Wharton, there was Anna Bahlmann—her governess turned literary secretary, and her mothering, nurturing friend.

When at the age of forty-five, Edith falls passionately in love with a dashing younger journalist, Morton Fullerton, and is at last opened to the world of the sensual, it threatens everything certain in her life but especially her abiding friendship with Anna. As Edith’s marriage crumbles and Anna’s disapproval threatens to shatter their lifelong bond, the women must face the fragility at the heart of all friendships.

Told through the points of view of both women, The Age of Desire takes us on a vivid journey through Wharton’s early Gilded Age world: Paris with its glamorous literary salons and dark secret cafés, the Whartons’ elegant house in Lenox, Massachusetts, and Henry James’s manse in Rye, England.

Edith’s real letters and intimate diary entries are woven throughout the book. The Age of Desire brings to life one of literature’s most beloved writers, whose own story was as complex and nuanced as that of any of the heroines she created.

From Penguin Group via NetGalley. Release date: August 2nd.


gautami tripathy said...

That tiger book interests me!

Here is my post.

The Reading Date said...

Both books have gorgeous covers and sound wonderful. Hope you enjoy them!

Mystica said...

I like the story of your second book! sounds unusual.

bermudaonion said...

Oh, one of the publicists at Hachette said Tigers in Red Weather is excellent! Enjoy!

Anna said...

These both look and sound fantastic. Happy reading!

Mary (Bookfan) said...

They both sound really good!

Jennifer | Mrs Q Book Addict said...

Both of these have amazing covers! I'm so curious about them. Happy reading!

Bellezza said...

I'd like to be more familiar with Edith Wharton's work, and it's always interesting to know the stories behind the famous authors.

BurtonReview said...

A wonderful mailbox, both of these look great!

Anonymous said...

Both of these books caught my eye, a great mailbox.