Hi all, I hope everyone’s enjoying their week so far. Only one more day until the weekend, so hang in there! I did a post like this last month as well, but there are so many exciting new releases in 2013 that I can’t possibly squeeze them all into just one blogpost 🙂 I don’t think I’ll be able to get through all these books on my wishlist this year, but a bit of ambition has never hurt anyone right?
And The Mountains Echoed – Khaled Hosseini
So, then. You want a story and I will tell you one…Afghanistan, 1952. Abdullah and his sister Pari live with their father and stepmother in the small village of Shadbagh. Their father, Saboor, is constantly in search of work and they struggle together through poverty and brutal winters. To Adbullah, Pari, as beautiful and sweet-natured as the fairy for which she was named, is everything. More like a parent than a brother, Abdullah will do anything for her, even trading his only pair of shoes for a feather for her treasured collection. Each night they sleep together in their cot, their skulls touching, their limbs tangled. One day the siblings journey across the desert to Kabul with their father. Pari and Abdullah have no sense of the fate that awaits them there, for the event which unfolds will tear their lives apart; sometimes a finger must be cut to save the hand. Crossing generations and continents, moving from Kabul, to Paris, to San Francisco, to the Greek island of Tinos, with profound wisdom, depth, insight and compassion, Khaled Hosseini writes about the bonds that define us and shape our lives, the ways that we help our loved ones in need, how the choices we make resonate through history, and how we are often surprised by the people closest to us.
I really loved The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, so I’m very excited that Hosseini is releasing a new book. Let’s hope it lives up to my expectations 🙂
Expected publication May 21st.
The Summer Queen – Elizabeth Chadwick (Eleanor of Aquitaine Trilogy #1)
Eleanor of Aquitaine is a 12th century icon who has fascinated readers for 800 years. But the real Eleanor remains elusive.This stunning novel introduces an Eleanor that all other writers have missed. Based on the most up-to-date research, it is the first novel to show Eleanor beginning her married life at 13. Barely out of childhood, this gives an entirely new slant to how Eleanor is treated bv those around her. She was often the victim and her first marriage was horribly abusive.Overflowing with scandal, passion, triumph and tragedy, Eleanor’s legendary story begins when her beloved father dies in the summer of 1137, and she is made to marry the young prince Louis of France. A week after the marriage she becomes a queen and her life will change beyond recognition . . .
As you know I love historical fiction and I think Eleanor of Aquitaine is such a fascinating character, especially because we don’t know that much about her, so this should be interesting.
Expected publication June 20th (no cover image available yet).
À l’encre russe – Tatiana de Rosnay
There’s no synopsis in English available yet, so this one’s for those who read French.
Alors qu’il était enfant, Nicolas Duhamel a perdu son père, disparu en mer. A vingt-quatre ans, lors du renouvellement de son passeport, il découvre que son père n’est pas le fils de Lionel Duhamel et s’appelle en réalité Koltchine. Pourquoi ce secret savamment entretenu ? Affecté par ces révélations, qui ravivent la douleur de la perte, Nicolas se lance sur la piste de ses origines, jusqu’à Saint-Pétersbourg. De cette enquête découle un roman, publié sous le pseudonyme de Kolt, qui rencontre un succès phénoménal. Après trois ans sous les spotlights, un brin plus arrogant, celui qui se nomme désormais Nicolas Kolt séjourne sur la côte toscane. Dans un hôtel pour happy few, il verra s’accumuler orages et périls, défiler sa vie et se jouer son avenir.
I absolutely loved Sarah’s Key so I’m looking forward to reading more titles by de Rosnay.
Expected publication May 21st.
Untitled Divergent (#3) – Veronica Roth
The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.
I read the first two books of the Divergent trilogy in just a few days and the ending of the second book left me wanting more, so of course I’m a bit disappointed that the last book won’t be released for another 7 months.
Expected publication October 22nd (long wait!)
Which new releases are you looking forward to this year?