Mailbox Monday for July 2

“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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34 thoughts on “Mailbox Monday for July 2

  1. I have been planning on reading “The Heart is a lonely hunter” for years… I will be looking forward to your opinion on that. As for “Bonjour tristesse”, that's a fantastic choice for Paris in July :)

  2. I got the Sabina Berman book, too! Can't wait to read it – sounds great! Also, love the books you received – they all sound so good! Can't wait to read your thoughts on them :)

  3. I really enjoyed The Hangman's Daughter, AND you have The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. I'm so so excited to hear your thoughts on this one. It was one of the first books I blogged about (I think), and I absolutely loved it. It's incredibly, heartbreakingly beautiful.

    Now get reading, sweet lady!

  4. Nadia, that will be fun to discuss together! I'm fascinated with autism; it's such an interesting condition as the children I've known who have it are so smart. They just don't like loud noises or lots of people (like me!).

  5. I'm glad you enjoyed The Hangman's Daughter. I chose it as a prize from our library's summer reading program because it was an international best seller, and the premise looked so unusual. I'm tired of the typical. I think I'll have to open The Heart is a Lonely Hunter soon because people seem to feel very strongly about iti; they either love it or hate it.

  6. I would feel remiss if I didn't read it for Paris in July, let alone my own cultural literacy! :) Glad to know it's a favorite of yours, I'm so looking forward to discovering it for the first time.

  7. I loved Bonjour tristesse such a gem ,I only read another couple of her books but it is so good when you think of her age and actually how much the core of the story has aged ,all the best stu

  8. I can't believe she was just a teenager when she write a book if such lasting fame. I think I really need to start it this week from all the praise I'm hearing about it. Is there a translated book you haven't yet read, Stu? You amaze me with the breadth of novels you've tucked away and someday I hope to catch up.

  9. I read Bonjour Tristesse when I was in college along, long time ago. I was trying to learn French at that time.
    I enjoyed the story. Is there a revival of Francoise Sagan writings?
    I only read tidbits of the The Heart is a Lonely Hunter and one pertains to a wedding.

  10. I've read the acclaimed book by Carson McCullers The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. After you've read it, you MUST SEE the film with Alan Arkin (Best Actor Oscar nom. 1968). For me, it's much more powerful and moving… and I was just a young viewer too at that time.

  11. I read it over a decade ago (perhaps when Andi did for an online group?) and didn't much care for it, either. Sad and a bit dull/slow-going.

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