In My Mailbox #12

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren. This week I purchased one book and received a review book in the mail.

Canada by Richard Ford. Now available.  I love Richard Ford, although I have to admit I have not read a Richard Ford book in many years. If you have not read The Sportswriter and Independence Day, please consider putting them on your to-be-read list.  Canada sounds so good, and I can’t wait to crack it open. Here’s the story description from Goodreads:

“First, I’ll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then about the murders, which happened later.”

When fifteen-year-old Dell Parsons’ parents rob a bank, his sense of normal life is forever altered. In an instant, this private cataclysm drives his life into before and after, a threshold that can never be uncrossed.

His parents’ arrest and imprisonment mean a threatening and uncertain future for Dell and his twin sister, Berner. Willful and burning with resentment, Berner flees their home in Montana, abandoning her brother and her life. But Dell is not completely alone. A family friend intervenes, spiriting him across the Canadian border, in hopes of delivering him to a better life. There, afloat on the prairie of Saskatchewan, Dell is taken in by Arthur Remlinger, an enigmatic and charismatic American whose cool reserve masks a dark and violent nature.

Undone by the calamity of his parents’ robbery and arrest, Dell struggles under the vast prairie sky to remake himself and define the adults he thought he knew. But his search for grace and peace only moves him nearer to a harrowing and murderous collision with Remlinger, an elemental force of darkness.

A true masterwork of haunting and spectacular vision from one of our greatest writers, Canada is a profound novel of boundaries traversed, innocence lost and reconciled, and the mysterious and consoling bonds of family. Told in spare, elegant prose, both resonant and luminous, it is destined to become a classic.

Shadows of the Past by E. A. Jensen. Now available. The author sent me a copy for review, and I immediately fell in love with the evocative cover. For an independently published book, this cover is top notch! Here’s the story description from the back cover of the book:

For five years, Kirsa Heinrich has tried to leave her past behind. Yet in a blink of an eye it all comes back to haunt her. A call from her old boss informs her that a series of heinous murders has occurred in her hometown. Each victim is protected under the Paranormal Laws, each one killed in a different manner. At each scene a cryptic message is left for Kirsa. Now Kirsa has to face her own past in order to solve the crimes. Ayden O’Brian is a member of an elite group of Vampires that work for the Vampire Council. He has been handed a case that hints at a traitor in their midst, one who is giving secrets to their biggest enemy. When the information that is being leaked pertains to Kirsa and her family’s connection to council, Ayden is sent to New Jersey to help Kirsa solve the case. Together they will unlock a long hidden secret about Kirsa’s family and an old war between vampires. For within the past, they will discover the secret to the traitor and person responsible for the killings.

Happy reading everyone!

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Posted June 10, 2012 by Tammy in In My Mailbox / 4 Comments


4 responses to “In My Mailbox #12

  1. Those books sound really interesting, especially the first one, Canada!

    Thanks for stopping by and good luck with NaNo, too!
    Nickey @ The Book Shop Assistant

  2. Shadows of the Past looks so good and sounds pretty spooky! I’ve never heard of it, but I guess that isn’t super surprising since it’s independently published. I definitely think I’d be interested in giving it a shot! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    In other news, I have a giveaway going on for a horror novel you might be interested in.

    Tracy @ Cornerfolds