Welcome to Mailbox Monday, the weekly meme created by Marcia of To Be Continued, where book lovers share the titles they received for review, purchased, or otherwise obtained over the past week. Mailbox Monday currently is on tour, and this month’s host is Dolce Bellezza.
Here’s what I received:
The Mysterious Death of Miss Jane Austen by Lindsay Ashford — from Sourcebooks for review
Twenty-six years have passed since the death of Jane Austen, and Anne Sharp, former governess to the Austen family and Jane’s close friend, has decided at last to tell her story — a story of family intrigues, shocking secrets, forbidden loves, and maybe even murder…
Upon its publication in the UK, Lindsay Ashford’s fictional interpretation of the few facts surrounding Jane Austen’s mysterious death sparked an international debate and uproar. None of the medical theories offers a satisfactory explanation for Jane Austen’s early demise at the age of forty-one. Could it be that what everyone has assumed was death by natural causes was actually more sinister? Lindsay Ashford’s vivid novel delves deep into Jane’s world and puts forth a shocking suggestion — was someone out to silence Jane? (publisher’s summary)
The Revolution of Every Day by Cari Luna — from the author and Tin House Books for review
In the mid-nineties, New York’s Lower East Side contained a city within its shadows: a community of squatters who staked their claim on abandoned tenements and lived and worked according to their own rules, accountable to no one but each other. With gritty prose and vivid descriptions, Cari Luna’s debut novel, The Revolution of Every Day, imagines the lives of five squatters from that time. But even as city lawyers and private developers try to evict them, the rifts within their community prove to be the greater challenge. Amelia, taken in by Gerrit as a teen runaway seven years earlier, is now pregnant by his best friend, Steve. Anne, married to Steve, is questioning her commitment to the squatter lifestyle. And Cat, a fading legend of the downtown scene and unwitting leader of one of the squats, succumbs to the bad habits of her youth. The misunderstandings and secrets and the dissolution of the hope that originally bound these five threaten to destroy their homes as surely as the city’s battering rams. (publisher’s summary)
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