Tis’ the season to pick titles for the lit lovers in your life. Below is this week’s shopping list for those of you looking for great reads to put under the tree. For a little gift-giving on the side, each title below is linked to one of Michigan’s fabulous indie bookstores where you can order and support our literary arts right from your merry little home.
– Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell (award-winning Michigan author)
– The Paris Wife by Paula McLain (hot fiction – more on McLain)
– The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides (Pulitzer-winning Michigan author)
– Blood, Bones & Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton (more on chef Hamilton)
– Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon (award-winning Michigan author)
– The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (2011 Booker Prize for Fiction)
– Annabel by Kathleen Winter (shortlisted for this year’s Orange Prize)
– Sister by Rosamund Lupton (debut mystery)
– The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach (debut bestseller)
*Support your local bookstores, libraries and universities. It matters.
– Post by Megan Shaffer
If pacing is the literary equivalent of peeking through fingers at the movies, get ready to make serious tracks with Rosamund Lupton’s hypnotic thriller, Sister. Even if you don’t consider yourself a reader of the mystery genre, Lupton’s edgy novel is an absolute stunner with hooks on all fronts for any literary appetite.
It’s not surprising that author Lupton, who studied English Literature at Cambridge University, was a script-writer for film and television as well. Sister confidently holds elements of Lupton’s former experience, and steadily unspools in eerie sequences of shadow-flecked shots and fractured plays of light. While Lupton’s slick yet elegant prose kicks up the backbeat of anticipation, it also deftly feeds the very humanistic plot that thrums at the heart of Sister.
“With ‘Sister,’ Lupton… enters the highly charged ring where the best psychological detective writers spar, her hands raised in a victory clench,” Liesl Schillinger raves in her NYT review (spoilers). “She encircles her story with electrified ropes: new developments continually jolt her readers, which doesn’t stop them from eagerly – and a little sadistically – awaiting the impact of the next blow… . Lupton builds suspense not only around the causes and details of her story’s brutal denouement, but also around the personalities and motivations of those who lunge and duck.”
Piatkus published Lupton’s Sister (as a paperback) to high acclaim in the UK last September and Crown Publishing Group subsequently snagged the rights to the first US edition. Crown rightfully expects Lupton’s novel Sister to be a hot seller and will release it in hardcover this Tuesday, June 7th.
Publicity is ramping up on other fronts as well. Rosamund Lupton was recently interviewed on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show, where she discussed her novel and it’s recent release in the United States. In addition, Sister was chosen as an Indie Next pick for June and selected by The Oprah Magazine as a July ‘Reading Room’ selection.
*Support your local bookstores, libraries, and universities. It matters.
-Post by Megan Shaffer
– Rosamund Lupton’s second book Afterwards will be released in the UK by Piatkus on June 9th, 2011.