Sunday, June 14, 2009

In My Mailbox

Testimony by Anita Shreve
Back Bay Books (May 5, 2009)

Won this one over at Morbid Romantic!
At a New England boarding school, a sex scandal is about to break. Even more shocking than the sexual acts themselves is the fact that they were caught on videotape. A Pandora's box of revelations, the tape triggers a chorus of voices--those of the men, women, teenagers, and parents involved in the scandal--that details the ways in which lives can be derailed or destroyed in one foolish moment.

Writing with a pace and intensity surpassing even her own greatest work, Anita Shreve delivers in TESTIMONY a gripping emotional drama with the impact of a thriller. No one more compellinglyexplores the dark impulses that sway the lives of seeming innocents, the needs and fears that drive ordinary men and women into intolerable dilemmas, and the ways in which our best intentions can lead to our worst transgressions.
Grand Central Publishing (May 26, 2009)
ISBN: 978-0446697828

Laurel Gray Hawthorne needs to make things pretty, whether she's helping her mother make sure the literal family skeleton stays in the closet or turning scraps of fabric into nationally acclaimed art quilts. Her estranged sister Thalia, an impoverished Actress with a capital A, is her polar opposite, priding herself on exposing the lurid truth lurking behind middle class niceties. While Laurel's life seems neatly on track--a passionate marriage, a treasured daughter, and a lovely home in suburban Victorianna--everything she holds dear is suddenly thrown into question the night she is visited by the ghost of a her 13-year old neighbor Molly Dufresne. The ghost leads Laurel to the real Molly floating lifelessly in the Hawthorne's backyard pool. Molly's death is inexplicable--an unseemly mystery Laurel knows no one in her whitewashed neighborhood is up to solving. Only her wayward, unpredictable sister is right for the task, but calling in a favor from Thalia is like walking straight into a frying pan protected only by Crisco. Enlisting Thalia's help, Laurel sets out on a life-altering journey that triggers startling revelations about her family's guarded past, the true state of her marriage, and the girl who stopped swimming.

Back Bay Books (June 10, 2009)

This one just came in from Anna at Hachette for the pending review and giveaway. For more info about the book and giveaway click here.


Ro Wi Jo said...

Thanks for stopping by!

The Girl Who Stopped Swimming looks particularly good!

wisteria said...

I just had a giveaway on Testimony. Good luck with your new giveaway. I didn't ask for this one. Thrillers scare me too much. LOL
Have a great week.

Cat said...

The Night Gardener looks interesting! Will have to look for that one when it's out.

Happy reading!

Brooke Reviews said...

Oh I'll have to check out The Night Gardener that looks really good :D

Fantastic Book Review said...

I've been hearing alot about the Testimony lately! Happy Reading!

Amelia said...

Great books! I hope you enjoy reading them. The Night Gardener looks great.

Scrap girl said...

I have just bought The Girl Who Stopped Swimming - looking forward to reading it.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I have a copy of Testimony and I've been meaning to read it for EVER but I still haven't. I will though, it looks great.


Anonymous said...

Congradulations on winning. The Girl Who Stopped Swimming looks great. Enjoy!

Taschima Cullen said...

Nice books ^^


The Story Siren said...

great books! hope you enjoy! happy reading!

Rebecca said...

Interesting books you got this week, hope you enjoy them.

Anonymous said...

Looking good! I hope you enjoy your week :D


sharazad said...

I really like Anita Shreve- I can't wait to read testimony- sounds so good.