Here are a couple of new books that just came in for me:
Invisible Mountain ~ Carolina de Robertis
From the verdant hills of Rio de Janeiro to Evita Perón’s glittering Buenos Aires, from the haven of a corner butcher shop to the halls of the United States Embassy in Montevideo, this gripping novel—at once expansive and lush with detail—examines the intertwined fates of a continent and a family in upheaval. The Invisible Mountain is a deeply intimate exploration of the search for love and authenticity in the lives of three women, and a penetrating portrait of the small, tenacious nation of Uruguay, shaken by the gales of the twentieth century. This looks great. I started reading it and it has an Isabel Allende feel too it. Wish it wasn’t due back in 7 days!
When The Whistle Blows – Fran Slayton
Jimmy lives in Rowlesburg, West Virginia, during the 1940s. He does all the things boys do in the small mountain town: plays a mean game of football, pulls the unforgettable Halloween prank with his friends in “the Platoon,” and promises to head off into the woods on the first day of hunting season— no matter what. He also knows his father belongs to a secret society, and is determined to uncover the mysteries behind it! But it is a midnight encounter with a train that shows Jimmy the man his father really is. Fran Slayton graciously sent me a copy of this and I am so pleased. Each chapter takes place on Halloween over a period of six years. How cool is that? It will get me in proper spirit for when Halloween starts to take over my little city next month.
I was so pleased that Chelle over at Tempting Persephone was so kind as to share The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan and The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork with me. I couldn’t even find covers for them, but I’m looking forward to them both. I was taken by the illustrations by Peter Sis in The Dreamer but it wasn’t until I got the book home that I realized it was a children’s book about Pablo Neruda. Yes, he is one of my favorite poets. Stork’s Marcelo in the Real World is high on my TBR list, so I can’t wait to read this next one. It has a similarly cool nighttime cover.