Library Loot

I had wonderful luck at the library last weekend – three wonderful books from the new books shelf!

Here they are:

Her Fearful Symmetry

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffennegger

“Julia and Valentina Poole are normal American teenagers – normal, at least, for identical ‘mirror’ twins who have no interest in college or jobs or possibly anything outside their cozy suburban home. But everything changes when they receive notice that an aunt whom they didn’t know existed has died and left them her flat in an apartment block overlooking Highgate Cemetery in London. They feel that at last their own lives can begin …but have no idea that they’ve been summoned into a tangle of fraying lives, from the obsessive-compulsive crossword setter who lives above them to their aunt’s mysterious and elusive lover who lives below them, and even to their aunt herself, who never got over her estrangement from the twins’ mother – and who can’t even seem to quite leave her flat.”

This one probably didn’t need an introduction, but it got one anyway. I had it on order in one library and then it turned up on the new books shelf in another. Of course I pounced on it!

English Womanhood

The Finest Type of English Womanhood by Rachel Heath

“It’s 1946, and seventeen-year-old Laura Trelling is stagnating in her dilapidated Sussex family home, while her quietly eccentric parents slip further into isolation. Then she meets Paul Lovell – a chance encounter that will change the course of her destiny, and bring her a new life in pre-apartheid South Africa. Three years earlier, and many miles north, sixteen-year-old Gay Gibson is no less desperate to escape England. Gay’s heart is set on stardom – but first she must find a way out of Birkenhead and the dreary prospect of secretarial college. When their paths cross in Johannesburg, Laura is exposed to Gay’s wild life of parties and liaisons. Thrown together, each with her own agenda, the girls find their lives inextricably entangled, with fatal consequences.”

I’ve read a lot of good things about this book, and I’m thinking it’s going to make a nice change from all the darker, gothic mystery-type books I’ve been reading recently.

Stone's Fall

Stone’s Fall by Iain Pears

“John Stone: a financier and armaments manufacturer, a man so wealthy that in the years before World War One he was able to manipulate markets, industries and indeed whole countries and continents. Stone’s Fall is a quest to discover how and why John Stone dies, falling out of a window at his London home. Chronologically, it goes backwards – London in 1909, then Paris in 1890, and finally Venice in 1867 – and Stone’s character and motivation deepen as the book progresses; in the first part he is almost an abstraction, existing only in the memory of those who knew him; in the second he is a character, but only a secondary one; in the third he is the narrator of the story. A quest, then, but also a love story and a murder mystery, set against the backdrop of the evolution of high-stakes international finance, Europe’s first great age of espionage and the start of the twentieth century’s arms race.”

When Jackie described this as “my favourite book of 2009 so far” a couple of weeks ago I sat up and took notice. She has read some great books! So I had to pick this one up too.

Have you read any of these? What did you think? Which book should I go for next? And which are you curious to know more about?

And what did you find in the library this week?

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11 responses

  1. Kathy – I’m going to read that one first as it is very much in demand. It looks wonderful!

    Lynda – I always enjoy seeing different covers. I’m surprised that the UK and US editions are quite so different for a book that had a global release.

    Vassily – I glanced at the first page, because it was a big book and I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to find the time, and it was so good I couldn’t leave it behind.

    Jackie – Thank you for the recommendation!

    Verity – Ah, it was you. Sorry not to give you credit, but I really couldn’t remember who inspired me to add the book to my wishlist.

    Rachel – I am! It’s lined up for this weekend.

  2. Oh, Oh!!! LOVED Her Fearful Symmetry, I could pick it up right now and read it again and The Finest Type of English Womanhood was fantastic as well! You really hit the jackpot.

  3. I should be getting Her Fearful Symmetry from the library in a couple of weeks! Yay! 🙂 The Finest Type of English Womanhood sounds really interesting. I’ve only read one Pears book-The Instance of the Fingerpost, and I loathed it so much I ended up giving up when I was over 200 pages in. But I want to give him another try, so I have my eye on THe Raphael Affair!

  4. I have to get Fearful Symmetry done in the next week because it’s due back to the library!! Eek!! The Finest Type looks and sounds like a great read! Enjoy 🙂

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