Wednesday, September 12, 2012

New Books...

Cascade, Massachusetts, 1935.
Desdemona Hart Spaulding, a talented young artist who studied in Paris, has sacrificed her dreams of working in New York City to put a roof over her newly bankrupt and ailing father's head. Two months later he has died and Dez is bound by the promises she has made to her father, her husband, and her town. Dez is stifled by her marriage to kind but conservative Asa, who is impatient to start a family, and her ambitions are fading. She also stands to lose her father's legacy, the Cascade Shakespeare Theatre, as Massachusetts decides whether to flood Cascade to create a new reservoir for Boston.
Amid this turmoil arrives Jacob Solomon, a fellow artist and kindred spirit for whom Dez feels an immediate and strong attraction. As their relationship reaches a pivotal moment, a man is found dead and the town points its collective finger at Jacob, a Jewish outsider. When unexpected acclaim and a chance to recapture her lost dreams of life in New York City arise, Dez must make an impossible choice.

Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack of quotidian minutiae is a letter addressed to Harold in shaky scrawl from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in twenty years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye.
Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then, as happens in the very best works of fiction, Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person. Harold Fry is determined to walk six hundred miles from Kingsbridge to the hospice in Berwickupon-Tweed because, he believes, as long as he walks, Queenie Hennessy will live.
Still in his yachting shoes and light coat, Harold embarks on his urgent quest along the countryside. Along the way he meets one fascinating character after another, each of whom unlocks his long-dormant spirit and sense of promise. Memories of his first dance with Maureen, his wedding day, his joy in fatherhood, come rushing back to him--allowing him to also reconcile the losses and the regrets. As for Maureen, she finds herself missing Harold for the first time in years.
And there is unfinished business with Queenie Hennessy.

More new releases...
Burrows, by Reavis Z. Wortham
The Dog Stars, by Peter Heller
The Good Dream, by Donna VanLiere
Into the Darkest Corner, by Elizabeth Haynes
May The Road Rise Up To Meet You, by Peter Troy
Robert Parker's: Fool Me Twice, by Michael Brandman
The Sandcastle Girls, by Chris Bohjalian
The Time Keeper, by Mitch Albom
The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D., by Nichole Bernier
Wife 22, by Melanie Gideon

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