Apr 7, 2019

Sunday Salon: Historical, YA, Thriller, Contemporary Fiction

New book arrivals:

The Song of the Jade Lily
The Song of the Jade Lily
The Song of the Jade Lily by Kirsty Manning, May 14, 2019, William Morrow Paperbacks
Genre: historical and contemporary fiction
Setting: Vienna, Shanghai, Australia

I'm enjoying reading this novel about a Jewish family escaping from Nazi occupied Austria, traveling to Shanghai, China as refugees. We follow young Romy and her parents in Shanghai, moving back and forth in time to when Romy has her own family and grandchildren in Australia after leaving China at the end of WWII. And we see Romy's granddaughter Alexandra, trying to find her way in the present, 2016, through her family's wartime history. 

The Great Pretenders
The Great Pretenders
The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian, Publication April 16, 2019, Berkley Books
Setting: Hollywood in the 1950s
Roxanne forges a career unique for women in the 1950s, becoming an agent for hungry young screenwriters. When she sells a script by a blacklisted writer under the name of a willing front man, more exiled writers seek her help. 

Cygnet by Season Butler, June 25, 2018, Harper
Genre: coming-of-age tale
A 17-year-old young woman comes of age in a community of the elderly rejecting the promise of youth.

Setting: an isolated island off New Hampshire populated by a community of the elderly

All of Us with Wings
All of Us With Wings
All of Us With Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil, Soho Press
YA fantasy debut about love, found family, and healing is an ode to post-punk San Francisco through the eyes of a Mexican-American girl

The Snakes: A Novel
The Snakes
The Snakes by Sadie Jones, June 25, 2019, Harper
Genre: contemporary fiction
Bea and Dan, recently married,  visit Bea’s dropout brother Alex at the hotel he runs in Burgundy, France. Disturbingly, they find him all alone and the ramshackle hotel deserted, apart from the nest of snakes in the attic.

The Perfect Fraud
The Perfect Fraud

The Perfect Fraud by Ellen LaCorte, June 18, 2019, Harper
Genre: contemporary fiction
Claire works in the family business and calls herself a psychic, but she doesn’t really have “the gift” and hasn’t for a long time. She’s a fraud. When she meets Rena and Rena's disturbed daughter, events collide.

Which of the above books would you read first? Why?
Memes: The Sunday Post  hosted by The Caffeinated Bookreviewer,  Stacking the Shelves, and It's Monday, What Are You Reading? by Book Date., and Mailbox Monday.


Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

The Song of the Jade Lily and The Great Pretenders both look like wonderful reads. The plot summary of each sounds unique and promising.

I would pick up All of Us With Wings first. I am always on the lookout for stories with Hispanic protagonists.

Have a great week!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Your books look good! The Perfect Fraud captured my interest. Enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

Literary Feline said...

These all sound so good! I am especially looking forward to reading The Song of the Jade Lily. The dual timeline and tie in to World War II. I am glad you are enjoying it so far. The Great Pretenders is a new to me title, but I'm intrigued! The Perfect Fraud sounds like something I would like as well. I hope you enjoy each of these! Have a great week!

shelleyrae @ book'd out said...

Some great titles, Kirsty Manning’s sounds particularly good.

Have a great reading week :)

Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

vvb32 reads said...

Nice variety. Enjoy your latest.

Beth F said...

Great Pretenders and The Snakes are both on my list!

bermudaonion said...

Nice mailbox! I think I'd read The Song of the Jade Lily first.

Kathy Martin said...

Nice variety of books. All are new to me. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

Greg said...

Looks like some good stuff here! Especially Jade and The Great Pretenders.

pussreboots said...

Cygnet and All of Us with Wings are both on my wishlist. My weekly updates

Martha Eskuchen said...

New to me but they look good. Happy Reading!

carol said...

Enjoy your books. The Great Pretenders would be the one I picked up first. The Snakes sounds creepy.

Serena said...

Song of the Jade Lily caught my eye thiss weeek.

Northwoman said...

Happy reading and have a great week!

Anne - Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

Veronica @ The Burgeoning Bookshelf said...

Song of The Jade Lily was simple titled The Jade Lily in Australia and I absolutely loved it. I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Elizabeth said...

Nice mailbox.

I received Jade Lily too...I hope we both like it.

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