My new feature that showcases books I’m dying to read!
The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry
I absolutely loved The Lace Reader and am excited to see what else Brunonia has in store for us. I’ve met Brunonia, so I can’t help but wonder if it’s my imagination, or does that back of the woman on the cover look a bit like what Brunonia looks like from the back? Either way, it’s a really lovely cover.
Read the prologue at www.mapoftrueplaces.com.432 pages Fiction
To be published May 4, 2010
(In an email I received from Brunonia) It’s a story about relationships and family and finding your true place in the world when you have no map to follow.
The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow
The Girl Who Fell From the Sky caught my attention because it’s the latest Bellwether Prize winner, which is a prize that was founded by Barbara Kingsolver. “Its intent is to advocate serious literary fiction that addresses issues of social justice and the impact of culture and politics on human relationships. The prize is awarded to a previously unpublished novel representing excellence in this genre.”
I somehow snagged a copy of this, so I’ve done the unthinkable and abandoned my (terrible) book club pick in favor of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky. We can talk about the book once I’ve, uh, finished laundering my pants.
Check out Heidi Durrow’s website here.256 pages Fiction To be published February 16, 2010
This debut novel tells the story of Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and a black G.I. who becomes the sole survivor of a family tragedy.
With her strict African American grandmother as her new guardian, Rachel moves to a mostly black community, where her light brown skin, blue eyes, and beauty bring mixed attention her way. Growing up in the 1980s, she learns to swallow her overwhelming grief and confronts her identity as a biracial young woman in a world that wants to see her as either black or white.
Meanwhile, a mystery unfolds, revealing the terrible truth about Rachel’s last morning on a Chicago rooftop. Interwoven are the voices of Jamie, a neighborhood boy who witnessed the events, and Laronne, a friend of Rachel’s mother. Inspired by a true story of a mother’s twisted love, The Girl Who Fell from the Sky reveals an unfathomable past and explores issues of identity at a time when many people are asking “Must race confine us and define us?”