Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by the marvelous Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss upcoming release we are excited about that we have yet to read.
The New York Times bestselling author of Her Last Flight returns with a gripping and profoundly human story of Cold War espionage and family devotion.
In the autumn of 1948, Iris Digby vanishes from her London home with her American diplomat husband and their two children. The world is shocked by the family’s sensational disappearance. Were they eliminated by the Soviet intelligence service? Or have the Digbys defected to Moscow with a trove of the West’s most vital secrets?
Four years later, Ruth Macallister receives a postcard from the twin sister she hasn’t seen since their catastrophic parting in Rome in the summer of 1940, as war engulfed the continent and Iris fell desperately in love with an enigmatic United States Embassy official named Sasha Digby. Within days, Ruth is on her way to Moscow, posing as the wife of counterintelligence agent Sumner Fox in a precarious plot to extract the Digbys from behind the Iron Curtain.
But the complex truth behind Iris’s marriage defies Ruth’s understanding, and as the sisters race toward safety, a dogged Soviet KGB officer forces them to make a heartbreaking choice between two irreconcilable loyalties. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: I have enjoyed Beatriz Williams' writing before and have a soft spot for historical fiction. This one is especially intriguing given it's a mix of secrets, espionage and mystery.
Release Date: June 1, 2021 by Sourcebooks Fire
Release Date: June 1, 2021 by Sourcebooks Fire
Practical Magic meets Twister in this debut contemporary fantasy standalone about heartbreaking power, the terror of our collapsing atmosphere, and the ways we unknowingly change our fate.
For centuries, witches have maintained the climate, their power from the sun peaking in the season of their birth. But now their control is faltering as the atmosphere becomes more erratic. All hope lies with Clara, an Everwitch whose rare magic is tied to every season.
In Autumn, Clara wants nothing to do with her power. It's wild and volatile, and the price of her magic―losing the ones she loves―is too high, despite the need to control the increasingly dangerous weather.
In Winter, the world is on the precipice of disaster. Fires burn, storms rage, and Clara accepts that she's the only one who can make a difference.
In Spring, she falls for Sang, the witch training her. As her magic grows, so do her feelings, until she's terrified Sang will be the next one she loses.
In Summer, Clara must choose between her power and her happiness, her duty and the people she loves...before she loses Sang, her magic, and thrusts the world into chaos. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: I cannot resist a story about witches. I am really curious about Rachel Griffin's world building in this one and cannot wait to meet Clara.
Does either of these books interest you? What upcoming releases are you looking forward to reading?
I have an embarrassing number of unread books sitting on the shelves in my personal library. Carole of Carole's Random Life in Books has given me the perfect excuse to spotlight and discuss those neglected books in her Books from the Backlog feature. After all, even those older books need a bit of love! Not to mention it is reminding me what great books I have waiting for me under my own roof still to read!
"A writer′s life and work are not a gift to mankind; they are its necessity" - Toni Morrison, Burn this Book
Published in conjunction with the PEN American center, Burn this Book is a powerful collection of essays that explore the meaning of censorship, and the power of literature to inform the way we see the world, and ourselves. Contributors include literary heavyweights like Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie, Orhan Pamuk, David Grossman and Nadine Gordimer, and others.
In "Witness: The Inward Testimony" Nadine Gordimer discusses the role of the writer as observer, and as someone who sees "what is really taking place." She looks to Proust, Oe, Flaubert, Graham Green to see how their philosophy squares with her own, ultimately concluding "Literature has been and remains a means of people rediscovering themselves." "In Freedom to Write" Orham Pamuk elegantly describes escorting Arthur Miller and Harold Pinter around Turkey and how that experience changed his life.
In "The Value of the Word" Salman Rushdie shares a story from Bugakov′s novel The Master and the Margarita in which the Devil talks to a frustrated writer called "The Master" The writer is so upset with his own work he decides to burn it: "How could you do that?" the devil asks... "Manuscripts to not burn." Indeed, manuscripts do not burn, Rushdie argues, but writers do.
As Americans we often take our freedom of speech for granted. When we talk about censorship we talk about China, the former Soviet Union. But the recent presidential election has shined a spotlight on profound acts of censorship in our own backyard. Both provocative and timely, Burn this Book include a sterling list of award winning writers; it sure to ignite spirited dialogue. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: This collection of essays came to my attention the year Burn the Book came out and I did not hesitate to add it to my TBR shelf. Sadly, I have still yet to read it. I imagine these essays remain relevant even today.
Have you read Burn This Book? Does this book sound like something you would like to read?
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The Nature Of sounds amazing, honestly.ReplyDelete
Greg - I think so too. I hope it will be good! Thank you for visiting!Delete
I do like historical fiction and a good witch story, both! These sound right up my alley.ReplyDelete
Lisa (Plain-Spoken Pen) - Same here! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Wow, The Nature of Witches sounds brilliant!! And that cover!!ReplyDelete
Verushka - Thank you!Delete
I'm very much drawn to The Nature of Witches, that cover is wonderful and I can't resist a "witch" story:-)ReplyDelete
Tammy - I can't either. I am looking forward to reading it. :-) Thank you for visiting!Delete
I've got an ARC of The Nature of Witches to read pretty soon. Can't wait till it's time for that one. Hope you get all these soon!ReplyDelete
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Lisa (Lisa Loves Literature) - I hope you love The Nature of Witches when you read it! Thank you for stopping by. :-)Delete
I just downloaded Our Woman in Moscow yesterday; it sounds very good and, for some reason in 2021 I've gained a new appreciation for historical fiction.ReplyDelete
Diane - I hope you enjoy Our Woman in Moscow. It sounds really good. Thank you for visiting!Delete
Oh I don't recall Burn this Book but you are right, I think no matter the year it came out, I would think it would still be an interesting topic to explore. And, I've yet to read anything by Beatriz Williams but she's an author who's been on my radar for a while. This new book looks good!ReplyDelete
Iliana - Yes, I think so too. I hope I am able to make time for it soon! I hope you get a chance to try something by Beatriz Williams sometime. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I've seen Our Woman in Moscow around the blogosphere before and I still really wanna read it. Sounds like my kinda read!ReplyDelete
Stephanie - Doesn't it sound good? I hope it will be. Thank you for visiting!Delete
I've not read any of Beatriz William's books so I'm definitely curious about her books. And The Nature of Witches sounds very intriguing to me!ReplyDelete
Melody - I am looking forward to trying more of her work as I've enjoyed what I read by her so far. Hopefully both books will be great. :-) Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I don't know what it is about it, but I absolutely love the cover of The Nature of Witches! It sounds like it'll be a really good read.ReplyDelete
Sammie - I do too. It's a great cover. :-) Thank you for visiting!Delete
Practical Magic meets Twister? I'm so intrigued! I definitely want to check out The Nature of Witches. Thanks for sharing! :)ReplyDelete
Ashley - I hope we both like it when we read it. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I'm really looking forward to The Nature of Witches!ReplyDelete
Taylor - Me too! I hope we both enjoy it. Thank you for visiting!Delete
"Practical Magic meets Twister" has me intrigued. Hope you enjoy these titles!ReplyDelete
Alicia - Thank you!Delete
The Nature of Witches is now one I want to read, too! :)ReplyDelete
Lark - Hopefully we both enjoy it! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Our Woman in Moscow and The Nature of Witches both sound good. Hope you enjoy them when you get to them!ReplyDelete
Laura - Thank you! I hope I will too. :-)Delete
The Nature of Witches sounds like a book that I would probably like too. I hope it's good.ReplyDelete
Mary - I hope so too! Thank you for visiting!Delete
I have had my eye on The Nature of Witches ever since I first heard about it. I hope that you enjoy all of these, Wendy!ReplyDelete
Carole - Thank you! I hope I will too!Delete
That Beatriz Williams looks like its calling my name! I really enjoy her books though it's been too long since I've read any. This one especially sounds like one I'd enjoy.ReplyDelete
Katherine - I hope it will be good. It sure sounds good, doesn't it? Thank you for visiting!Delete
I'm really excited for the Beatriz Williams book and for The Nature of Witches. I've heard good things about both of them.ReplyDelete
Suzanne - I hope they both will be good! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I hadn't heard of any of these before. I'll have to check them out!ReplyDelete
Jess - I hope you like them if you do! Thank you for visiting!Delete
I'm intrigued by "The Nature of Witches". Another new-to-me author to explore. :)ReplyDelete
Melody - Me too. I can't wait to read it!Delete