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[box] A Harper Paperback Original
A haunting debut novel about a secret family history stretching from present-day England to turn-of-the-century America.
Following the death of their grandmother, Erica Calcott and her sister Beth return to Storton Manor, a grand and imposing house in Wiltshire, England, where they spent their summer holidays as children. When Erica begins to sort through her grandmother’s belongings, she is flooded with memories of her childhood—and of her cousin, Henry, whose disappearance from the manor tore the family apart.
Erica sets out to discover what happened to Henry—so that the past can be laid to rest, and her sister, Beth, might finally find some peace. Gradually, as Erica begins to sift through remnants of the past, a secret family history emerges: one that stretches all the way back to Oklahoma in the 1900s, to a beautiful society heiress and a haunting, savage land. As past and present converge, Erica and Beth must come to terms with two terrible acts of betrayal—and the heartbreaking legacy left behind.[/box]
[box] A Harper Perennial Paperback Original
In the tradition of Jonathan Tropper and Tom Perrotta comes Matthew Norman’s darkly comic family drama about love, loss, and ambition.
Tom Violet has failed, once again, to have sex with his wife. And that’s not the worst of it. Besides his latest false start in the bedroom, there’s the 9-5 office job that’s slowly crushing his spirit, his lovelorn stepfather who’s in constant need of counsel, and the strange realization that his boozy stepmother is sort of stalking him. Then, of course, there’s his own inappropriate crush on a 23-year-old colleague, the growing suspicion that his wife is having an affair with someone from her gym, and the family dog, Hank, who suffers from acute anxiety.
And then there’s the novel—the one he’s been slaving over for years, all the while haunted by the fear that it will never see the light of day. Too young to have these kinds of problems, but too old to see any easy way out, Tom finds himself mired in hopeless inaction. And then his philandering, borderline-estranged father, Curtis, shows up in the middle of the night and tells him: a) that he’s just been thrown out of his own house by wife #3; b) that he’ll be moving in with Tom for who knows how long; and c) that he’s just won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. [/box]
Title: The Lantern – A Novel
Author: Deborah Lawrenson
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: August 9, 2011
ISBN: 9780062049698, 0062049690
Price: $25.99/$28.99 Can.
Pages: 400 pages
Genre: Fiction / General
[box] Meeting Dom was the most incredible thing that had ever happened to me. Drawn to a confident and artistic wealthy older man she barely knows, bookish Eve recklessly embarks on a whirlwind affair that soon offers a new life and a new home—Les Genevriers, a pretty yet decaying hamlet nestled amid the fragrant lavender fields of Provence. Each enchanting day at Les Genevriers delivers happy discoveries: hidden chambers, secret vaults, small treasures—a vase, a rusted iron birdcage, a candle lantern. Entranced by the old farmhouse, deeply in love, surrounded by music, books, and the glorious beauty and heady summer scents of the French countryside, Eve has never felt more alive.
But with autumn’s arrival the days begin to cool—and so too, does Dom. Though Eve knows her lover bears the emotional scars of a previous marriage, he refuses to talk about the past—silence that arouses suspicion and uncertainty. The more reluctant he is to explain, the more Eve becomes obsessed with finding answers—and to unraveling the mystery of his absent, beautiful ex-wife, Rachel.
Like it’s owner, Les Genevriers is also changing. Bright, warm rooms have become cold and uninviting; shadows fall unexpectedly; lights flicker on their own; and Eve senses a presence moving through the garden. Is it a ghost from the past—or a manifestation of her and Dom’s current troubles? Do the eerie winds of the mistral chill her to the bone, or is it fear? Can she trust Dom—or could her life truly be in danger? Eve does not know that Les Genevriers has been haunted before. Benedicte Lincel, the house’s former owner, knew all too well the bitter taste of heartbreak and tragedy—long-buried family secrets and evil deeds that, once unearthed, will hold shocking and unexpected consequences for Eve.
An evocative and sensuous tale of romantic and psychological suspense set against an exquisite landscape, The Lantern is a gripping story of past and present, love and jealousy, secrets and lies, appearances and disappearances that captures our age-old terror of the dark. [/box]
Title: Every Secret Thing
Author: Laura Lippman
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: August 16, 2011
ISBN: 9780062074898, 006207489X
Price: $12.99/$14.99 Can.
Pages: 448 pages
Format: Paperback / softback
Genre: Fiction / Suspense
[box] Two eleven-year-old girls, banished from a summer birthday party, take a wrong turn onto an unfamiliar Baltimore street—and encounter an abandoned stroller with a baby inside. In an instant, dutiful Alice Manning and unpredictable Ronnie Fuller make a disastrous decision that will shatter three families.
Seven years later, Alice and Ronnie again make their way home, separately now, their fragile bond long shattered, yet their secrets still closely kept. If they stay away from each other, they have been promised a fresh start, a past wiped clean.
That promise is broken when another child disappears under disturbingly similar circumstances. And unless Alice, Ronnie, and all the adults involved finally confront ugly truths about the past and their own misguided notions of guilt and innocence, another young life will be lost—and another family irrevocably destroyed. [/box]
So that is it for my covet list this week. Leave me a comment and let me know if this is a feature you would like to continue!