While I wasn’t ready to come back from my trip (yes, I’m still being bratty and wish I was in Germany), I did have something to look forward to: Books!
I’ve lucked out and received quite a few ARCs while I was away. These sound quite good to me so let me tell you what I got.
- See How Much I Love You by Luis Leante. Two teenagers meet and fall in love in 1970s Barcelona. Oh I love Barcelona so I’m already looking forward to a summer romance story set in that beautiful city.
- To Siberia by Per Petterson. I loved his story Out Stealing Horses, actually was surprised how much I enjoyed it, so needless to say I’m very excited about this book.
- Ferris Beach by Jill McCorkle. I recently mooched this book and here they are reissuing it. So maybe after I finish this story about “a place of excitement and magic” I’ll pass my extra copy to someone else. Stay tuned.
- Home by Marilynne Robinson. “What does it mean to come home?” In one way or another, every character in Home is searching for that answer. This book won the 2009 Orange Prize.
- The Puzzle King by Betsy Carter. On a gray morning in 1936, Flora Phelps stands in line at the American consulate in Stuttgart, Germany. She carries a gift for the consul, whom she will bribe in order to help her family get out of Hitler’s Germany. This sounds like it’s going to be a gripping story.
- Girl Mary by Petru Popescu. “With his empire in crisis, Augustus orders a young Roman spy to find a sign of his divinely inspired power. Concealing his real name, Pontius Pilate enters the Judean desert seeking an unknown miracle. The moment he meets the striking adolescent Mary, he senses that he is in the presence of someone magical.”
- City of God by Beverly Swerling. This is the fourth installment of a multigenerational saga of old New York. It sounds wonderful but I’m wondering if I should start with the first one.
Lots of variety here and don’t even know where to start but I’ll keep you posted on how the reading goes. Have you read any of these? Let me know if there’s one you think I should start with first.