Me, Who Dove into The Heart of The World by Sabina Berman (thanks to Henry Holt and Co.)

“A transporting and brilliant comic novel narrated by an unforgettable woman, an autistic savant whose idiosyncrasies prove her greatest gifts.”

Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan (published by Harper Collins)

“The internationally beloved story of a precocious teenager’s attempts to understand and control the world around her, Francoise Sagan’s Bonjour Tristesse is a beautifully composed, wonderfully ambiguous celebration of sexual liberation, at once sympathetic and powerfully unsparing.”

Miss Me When I’m Gone by Emily Arsenault (thanks to Harper Collins)

Gretchen Waters is most famous for her book Tammyland-a “honky-tonk Eat, Pray, Love,” a memoir about her divorce and her admiration for Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton. When Gretchen dies falling on a set of stone steps outside of a library, everyone thinks it was an accident or a botched mugging. Jami, Gretchen’s best friend from college, certainly has no reason to suspect foul play. That is, until she becomes Gretchen’s literary executor. Gretchen’s latest manuscript is much darker than Tammyland-ostensibly about her favorite classic male country singers, it’s really about a murder in her family that haunted her childhood. From beyond the grave Gretchwen opens up a wsinister new world through her writing, and suddenly her death seems suspicious. And then Jamie finds herself in danger as well…

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers (published by Hourton Mifflin Harcourt)

The Heart is A Lonely Hunter tells an unforgettable tale of moral isolation in a small southern mill town in the 1930’s. Richard Wright was astonished by McCullers’s ability to “rise above the pressures of her environment and embrace white and black humanity in one sweep of apprehension and tenderness.” Hers is a humanity that touches all who come to her work, whether for the first time, or as so many do, time and time again.”

The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Potzsch (published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

“Taking us back in history to a place where autopsies were blasphemous, coffee was an exotic drink, dried toads were the recommended remedy for the plague, and the devil was as real as anything, The Hangman’s Daughter brings to cinematic life the sights, sounds, and smells of seventeenth-century Bavaria, telling the engrossing story of a compassionate hangman who will live on in readers’ imaginations long after they’ve put down the novel.”

I’m looking forward to reading Bonjour Tristesse for the Paris in July challenge, and The Hangman’s Daughter for Carl’s R.I.P. which will begin in September.  Find other Mailbox entries here.

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