Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Today's Eyecatching Title
Ok, among the changes for the New Year, this week instead of 5 eyecatchers I'm only posting 1. In the coming weeks I'll try to keep it around 2 or 3, but I just didn't have the time for a long post tonight. :) However, I'd like to think this title carries enough weight all on it's own. I've been hearing such wonderful things about this book, and it's the winner of the National Book Award, so ya know it's good.
What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
Here's a quick blurb from Publisher's Weekly as found on Amazon.com:
Blundell, author of Star Wars novelizations, turns out a taut, noirish mystery/coming-of-age story set in 1947; it's easy to picture it as a film starring Lana Turner, who is mentioned in these pages. When first met, 15-year-old Evie and her best friend are buying chocolate cigarettes to practice smoking. Evie sheds that innocence on a trip to Florida, where her stepfather, Joe, back from the war in Europe, abruptly takes her and her beautiful mother, Beverly, and where Evie falls in love with glamorous Peter, an army buddy whom Joe is none too happy to see. But after a boating accident results in a suspicious death and an inquest, Evie is forced to revisit her romance with Peter and her relationships with Joe and her mother, and to consider that her assumptions about all three may have been wrong from the beginning. Blundell throws Evie's inexperience into high relief with slangy, retro dialogue: Peter calls Evie pussycat ; Beverly says her first husband kicked through love like it was dust and he kept on walking. Readers can taste Evie's alienation and her yearning; it's a stylish, addictive brew.
I have heard so many authors gush about this title; I definitely need to pick up a copy, and so do you. :) Be sure to stop by tomorrow for You Recommend Wednesday. I'm looking forward to seeing what you are reading or are interested in reading.