Nov 1, 2015

Sunday Salon: More Books From My Shelves

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Pulling books again from my shelves, I found two goodies. So, along with reading (slowly) the three nonfiction books I started, I'm into these historical fiction books:
Natchez Burning by Greg Iles, published April 9, 2014 by William Morrow
Genre" historical thriller
Source: publisher
...the first installment in an epic trilogy that interweaves crimes, lies, and secrets past and present in a mesmerizing thriller featuring Southern lawyer and former prosecutor Penn Cage (publisher)

This novel  is set with the backdrop of Mississippi in the 1960s during the time of the Civil Rights murders and the activities of the KKK and its offshoots. Fascinating story, based on fact, I assume, though the particular incidents and characters are fictional.

I didn't realize that the author Iles has written other novels featuring his main character Penn Cage. The second novel in this trilogy, The Bone Tree, was published April 21, 2015, and the third is due next spring. I am finding Natchez Burning very well written and engrossing and look forward to the sequels.

The Fountain of Saint James Court by Sena Jeter Naslund, published September 17, 2013 by William Morrow
Source: publisher
Naslund's novel presents the reader with an alternate version of The Artist: a woman of age who has created for herself, against enormous odds, a fulfilling life of thoroughly realized achievement.  The novel deals with an older woman from the present and with the real painter Elisabeth Vigee-LeBrun, a French Revolution survivor hated for her sympathetic portraits of Marie Antoinette. (publisher)

The goodreads readers didn't take to this novel, but I'm eager to see how I will like it. I have only read two chapters so far.

There are more goodies on my shelves that I hope to share with you over the course of the winter. What are you reading these days? 


Bryan G. Robinson said...

Hmmm. I thought the Greg Iles book was the next one in a series, not the start of a series. I guess the character has been featured in other books, but this is the start of a trilogy, from what I'm seeing on Goodreads. Okay, then :).

As for what I'm reading, right now, I don't know. I haven't decided yet. I did have a good October of reading with the highlights being The Crossover by Kwame Alexander, Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

Katherine P said...

The Fountain of St. James Fountain sounds really interesting. I love dual timelines and the cover is lovely. Have a great week!

Brian Joseph said...

These look really good.

I find that there are some forgotten books on my shelves too that are very worth reading.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I just read Cop Town, set in 1970s I am intrigued by Natchez Burning. Must add it!

Thanks...and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

Kay said...

Natchez Burning is the start of a trilogy by Greg Iles. The second book came out in the spring - The Bone Tree. Third book will come out next spring. And no, this is not the first appearance of Penn Cage. He appears in several more books that Iles has written. I love Penn Cage's character and loved Natchez Burning. I've been hoarding The Bone Tree until closer to the 3rd volume's publication date. LOL

Harvee said...

Thanks, Kay, for the updates on the trilogy. I have changed my post to reflect that the second in the series has been printed. I am eager to read it too.

Molly said...

I'm fascinated by the premise of The Fountain of Saint James Court. I am excited to read your review.

Unknown said...

I hope you have a great week. Happy reading.

Terri M., the Director
Second Run Reviews

Suko said...

Thanks for sharing these books! I hope you'll enjoy reading them, Harvee.

bermudaonion said...

I really want to read Natchez Burning - I have a feeling I'll love it.

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