The TBR tower just got taller

Paging through the current issue of Publishers Weekly and browsing all the books that lucky BEA attendees can get their hands on made me wish I was a bookseller with a cute little bookshop on a gentrified old street, and this not for the first time. If I owned a bookstore, I’d be packing my bags for the delish book expo in Chicago and I’d be standing in lines for these, which are now on my Goodreads Want to Read list:

wonderI was a fan of Emma Donoghue’s ROOM before long before it became an Oscar-worthy film. I was spellbound by Emma’s storytelling skills and how she expertly wove her characters’ emotions into my own. In her upcoming THE WONDER, a small Irish village is mystified by what appears to be a miracle but may actually be murder. Goodreads says: “The Wonder works beautifully on many levels–a simple tale of two strangers who will transform each other’s lives, a powerful psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil in its many masks.” You want to read it now, too, right?

commonwealthI read Ann Patchett’s BEL CANTO ages ago, and knew I’d stumbled upon a stellar wordsmith. I loved her STATE OF WONDER from a couple years back and so am natch looking forward to anything new by her. Her newest, not out until September, is COMMONWEALTH, a story that spans five decades. This novel explores how a chance encounter at a family christening echoes on in the lives of four parents and six children. “Told with equal measures of humor and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories. It is a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us together.”

laroseWhen my family and I lived in Minnesota some years ago, I longed to read a Louise Erdich novel, as she’s a Minnesota legend and treasure, but life was so busy, other books took precedence and it never happened. I hereby mostly vow to read this one. Out next month, LaROSE is “an an emotionally haunting contemporary tale of a tragic accident, a demand for justice, and a profound act of atonement with ancient roots in Native American culture.”  In the story, which is set in 1999, a father is hunting a deer along the edge of his North Dakota property but realizes after he’s pulled the trigger that he has instead shot and killed his neighbor’s five-year-old son. Devastated, the man offers up his own beloved son to the grieving family as a recompense. “Inspiring and affecting, LaRose is a powerful exploration of loss, justice, and the reparation of the human heart, and an unforgettable, dazzling tour de force from one of America’s most distinguished literary masters.”

dontI was thoroughly gobsmacked (isn’t that a great word?) by Mary Kubica’s THE GOOD GIRL and even though I still have PRETTY BABY on my TBR Tower (a pox on mere 24-hour days!!), I still can’t wait to read her upcoming DON’T YOU CRY. Mary is such a great writer, and the nicest person you’ll ever meet. That she writes page-turning thrillers casted by such sinister people is so ironic! In this one, a young woman disappears from her apartment. A haunting letter is found among her possessions, leaving her roommate to wonder whether or not her friend is the person Quinn thought she knew. “Mary Kubica takes readers on a taut and twisted thrill ride that builds to a stunning conclusion and shows that no matter how fast and far we run, the past always catches up with us in the end.” And yes, yes, yes, I will get to PRETTY BABY before I snatch up this one.

So, even though I have no business buying any of these books in the next few months, I probably will. There are worse addictions than buying new books, yes? What’s on your list these days?



Author: Susan

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  1. Sherry Weiner on May 4, 2016 at 5:58 am

    Almost finished with Fall of Marigolds and cannot put it down… I just finished reading Secrets of a Charmed Life..another stunner. I just received Lady-in-Waiting and can’t wait to start it. So all-in-all I’m totally infatuated with your books and I can’t wait to read all of them. You are such an amazing author and not only am I so glad I found you but you live in my town. If you ever do a book signing I would love to come and meet you. Thank you! I am a forever fan.

  2. Susan on May 6, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Thank you so much, Sherry! It will be a few months before I have another San Diego event but if you connect with me on Facebook and LIKE my author page, I post appearances there! Hope to meet you someday…

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