The roses have decided to bud and open now that the rain has stopped the past week and the weather is warm and sunny. I picked from the garden a small bouquet of two fragrant yellow roses, a pink zinnia, and a yellow and purple daylily for a relative who just got out of the hospital. She loved the fragrance and the variety of colors.
Two new books for review:
The Beautiful Bureaucrat: A Novel by Helen Phillips, to be published August 11, 2015 by Henry Holt and Co.
"In a windowless building in a remote part of town, the newly employed Josephine inputs an endless string of numbers into something known only as "The Database." After a long period of joblessness, she's not inclined to question her fortune, but as the days inch by and the files stack up, Josephine feels increasingly anxious in her surroundings.... Helen Phillips enters the company of Murakami, Bender, and Atwood as she twists the world we know and shows it back to us full of meaning and wonder-luminous and new." (goodreads)
I've started this one and can't seem to put it down. I love the magical world of Murakami, and this book seems to be in a similar vein.
Evergreen Falls by Kimberley Freeman, to be released August 4, 2015 by Touchstone.
A long-forgotten secret, a scandalous attraction and a place where two women's lives are changed forever. Inspired by elements of her grandmother's life, a tale of intrigue, heartbreak and love from the author of LIGHTHOUSE BAY and WILDFLOWER HILL. (goodreads)
This one mixes the past and the present - 1926 and 2014.
What's new on your bookshelf?