Two great books are out in the UK today. I was kindly sent advanced review copies for both of them and already read and reviewed them a long time ago. But today, seeing pictures of those amazing authors – two women I admire – signing copies and meeting fans, I just wanted to dedicate them this post and the best luck.
The Promise by Ann Weisgarber
Ann has been a dear to me for some months now. After our interview, we kept exchanging emails and I met a wonderful, generous and kind woman, a professional both as a writer and as a social worker in every sense of the word. Lately, just when I was told I was fired, she supported me and encouraged me to keep working and don’t lose my faith in myself. She is now in the UK signing copies and promoting her second novel The Promise which I highly recommend: it follows a Northern piano teacher moving to Galveston, Texas in the late 19th century after she marries a long-time friend for practical reasons. There, her quick, Northern accent and her lady-like manners will be just a little part of her struggle to adapt herself to a society she could have never dreamed of.
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
- You can read my review here.
Kate Atkinson entered my life in 2010 and I think she’s never going to leave. I fell in love with everything in her novels and although I haven’t talked to her directly, she’s been in contact with me through her publicist for which I’ll be forever thankful. Her latest novel Life After Life– not a Jackson Brodie one – follow Ursula Todd as she tries to live her life perfectly in the first half of the 20th century.
Best of luck to both of them. And to the readers, don’t forget to pick up your copy (or copies!) to tuck into bed and enjoy two of the most relevant reads of 2013.