Mailbox Monday

Monday, September 21, 2015

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.
I've been trying very hard to limit my requests on NetGalley so that I don't feel so overwhelmed, but being the book addict that I am it's quite a struggle to maintain self-control!  This past week I received the following two titles and I'm quite smitten with the first one.  I know not to judge a book by its cover, but this is just so darling! (and, I've read the first few chapters already and it's quite good so far)

The Girls From See Saw Lane
By Sandy Tayor
Publication Date: December 4, 2015
Brighton 1963. Mary Pickles and I walked along the street with our arms linked, looking in shop windows. We were best friends and together we were invincible.

Dottie and Mary forged a friendship over a bag of penny sweets when they were eight years old. They’ve shared everything together since then – the highs and lows of school, family dramas, hopes and dreams and now, at seventeen, they’re both shop girls, working at Woolworths.

As they go out in the world in pursuit of love and happiness, the simplicity of their childhood dissolves as life becomes more complicated. The heady excitement of first love will consume them both, but the pain of unintentional betrayal will test their friendship in ways neither of them could ever imagine…

A charming, heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting novel which brings a bygone era vividly to life. Fans of Nadine Dorries, Mary Gibson and Pam Weaver will love The Girls from See Saw Lane. Counting Chimneys coming soon.

The Muralist
By B.A. Shapiro
Algonquin Books
Publication Date: November 3, 2015
Alizée Benoit, an American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), vanishes in New York City in 1940 amid personal and political turmoil. No one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France. Not her artistic patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt. Not her close-knit group of friends, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Lee Krasner. And, some seventy years later, not her great-niece, Danielle Abrams, who while working at an auction house uncovers enigmatic paintings hidden behind recently found works by those now famous Abstract Expressionist artists. Do they hold answers to the questions surrounding her missing aunt?

Entwining the lives of both historical and fictional characters, and moving between the past and the present, The Muralist plunges readers into the divisiveness of prewar politics and the largely forgotten plight of European refugees refused entrance to the United States. It captures both the inner workings of today's New York art scene and the beginnings of the vibrant and quintessentially American school of Abstract Expressionism.


  1. The Muralist looks outstanding to me!

  2. The Girls From See Saw Lane looks adorable. What a cute title too.

    ENJOY this book and The Muralist. I have The Muralist to read too.

    Thanks for coming by my Mailbox Monday.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  3. I enjoyed The Art Forger so I think I'd like The Muralist. Hadn't heard of it before so thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  4. Both books sound good. I hope you enjoy them.

  5. These are both new to me, and they both sounds interesting! I'm especially intrigued by the Muralist. Enjoy your new books!


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