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3 Interesting February 2012 Book Releases
There are going to be some interesting books coming out in early 2012. If you are interested in novels and enjoy an engrossing story, here are three upcoming books that you might want to keep an eye out for when they’re released this coming February:
1. At Last by Edward St. Aubyn. This book is going to be published by Farrar in February. It is a 200+ page book that will sell for $25 when first released. It’s the third novel in a trilogy so some of you have certainly been keeping your eye out for its release!
About the story: In this wrap-up to a trilogy on the Melrose family (the second novel, Mother’s Milk, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize), Patrick Melrose’s do-gooding but negligent heiress mom has finally died, and Patrick is waiting for the sense of relief to dawn. Good stuff for thoughtful readers. You don’t have to be following the entire trilogy to enjoy the book, but of course you’re going to enjoy it more if you do know the story. This is one of this publisher’s lead fiction release planned for February.
2. Kim Scott’s That Deadman Dance. This February 2012 book release comes from publisher Bloombury USA and is distributed via Macmillan. It’s over 350 pages and is slated for a $25 price tag at the time of launch.
About the story: When Europeans arrive in Australia, Bobby Wabalanginy cheerfully hunts and farms with them and eventually enters a wealthy white household, where he falls in love with the daughter in the home. But of course there has to be some type of conflict involved, right?! The colony isn’t thriving, odd accidents are plaguing both whites and Aboriginals, and soon Bobby will have to take sides. Will love or history win out for the main character in this story? It doesn’t really matter because of course it’s the struggle to make the decision that makes the story great. The son of a white mother and Aboriginal father, Scott should invest this story with great understanding, and his book comes highly recommended after having won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the South East Asia and Pacific Region. Watch closely for this one coe February!
3. Ellen Ullman’s By Blood. This is another Farrar released and together with St. Aubyn’s At Last is set to make February 2012 a good month for the publisher! It’s set with a $27 price at release and is a whopping 400 pages of entertainment.
About the story: In 1970s San Francisco, an ousted professor takes an office downtown, hears a patient conversing with her therapist in the thin-walled room next door, and is soon wrapped up in the patient’s story. The woman has tracked her roots back to a Catholic charity that trafficked in freshly baptized orphans after World War II, and the professor quickly (if anonymously) helps carry the quest from there. The author of PEN/Hemingway finalist The Bug, as well as the popular memoir Close to the Machine, Ullman has an intriguing premise I hope to investigate myself. Lots of in-house enthusiasm reported about this book!