Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.
Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy,
toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.
This past week I received the following Advance reviews copies from the publishers via NetGalley.
By Audrey Magee
Pub Date Sep 2 2014
From a remarkable new talent in Irish fiction comes a terrifyingly
intimate story of a war marriage caught up in the calamity of World War
II, a much anticipated debut which has garnered prepublication praise
from Colm Toibin, Hugo Hamilton, A.D. Miller, and Chris Cleave.
a desperate bid to escape the trenches of the Eastern front, Peter
Faber, an ordinary German soldier, marries Katharina Spinell, a woman he
has never met, in a marriage of convenience that promises ‘honeymoon’
leave for him and a pension for her should he die in the war. With ten
days’ leave secured, Peter visits his new wife in Berlin and both are
surprised by the passion that develops between them.
returns to the horror of the front, it is only the dream of Katharina
that sustains him as he approaches Stalingrad. Back in Berlin,
Katharina, goaded on by her desperate and delusional parents, ruthlessly
works her way into Nazi high society, wedding herself, her young
husband, and her unborn child to the regime. But when the tide of war
turns and Berlin falls, Peter and Katharina find their simple dream of
family cast in tragic light and increasingly hard to hold on to.
Reminiscent of Bernard Schlink’s The Reader,
this is an unforgettable novel of marriage, ambition, and the brutality
of war, which heralds the arrival of a breathtaking new voice in
The Poppy Factory
By Liz Trenow
HarperCollins UK, Avon
Pub Date Aug 28 2014
A captivating story of two young women, bound together by the tragedy of two very different wars. Perfect for fans of Katie Flynn and Maureen Lee.
With the end of the First World War, Rose is looking forward to welcoming home her beloved husband, Alfie, from the battlefields. But his return is not what Rose had expected. Traumatised by what he has seen, the Alfie who comes home is a different man to the one Rose married. As he struggles to cope with life in peacetime, Rose wrestles with temptation as the man she fell in love with seems lost forever.
Many years later, Jess returns from her final tour of Afghanistan. Haunted by nightmares from her time at the front, her longed-for homecoming is a disaster and she wonders if her life will ever be the same again. Can comfort come through her great-grandmother Rose’s diaries?
For Jess and Rose, the realities of war have terrible consequences. Can the Poppy Factory, set up to help injured soldiers, rescue them both from the heartache of war?