We have a very international mix of titles in this edition of Booklover Mailbox.
The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova
Over a decade ago a dear friend gifted me Elizabeth Kostova’s debut novel The Historian – I absolutely loved it and have recommended it to countless people since. Years pass between this author’s releases, but her 2010 release The Swan Thieves was worth the wait, and so it goes without saying that my expectations are high for her latest novel The Shadow Land. April 2017 release, review copy from Text Publishing.
PS: In case you’re wanting to go back and read The Swan Thieves before this new novel is released, I just noticed that Book Depository has it at 51% discount right now.
Moving the Birds and Good Luck Bag by Mitsuyo Kakuta
Having recently enjoyed Hiromi Kawakami’s The Nakano Thrift Shop, I went on the hunt for more Japanese literature of a similar style and found these delightful short stories (Kindle Singles) from the award-winning Mitsuyo Kakuta, English translation by Wayne P Lammers.
UPDATE: Read our 4 Star Review
I for Isobel by Amy Witting
I’ve had this little novel, widely considered a modern Australian classic, on my wish list for far too long.
Born into a world without welcome, Isobel observes it as warily as an alien trying to pass for a native. Her collection of imaginary friends includes the Virgin Mary and Sherlock Holmes. Later she meets Byron, W.H. Auden and T.S. Eliot. Isobel is not so much at ease with the flesh-and-blood people she meets, and least of all with herself, until a lucky encounter and a little detective work reveal her identity and her true situation in life.
With Australia Day coming up this week I figured it was high time I get myself a copy.
UPDATE: Read our 3.5 Star Review