I am sure lots of you will empathise about the conundrum that I found myself in the other day. You see I was mooching through books on a certain website, as we all do, looking at the books that it recommended I read in case I was missing something wonderful. I soon spotted that I was could be missing out on something imminently when I spotted that Hillary Jordan’s second novel ‘When She Woke’ is out on October the 4th, when I looked into it though I discovered (to my horror I might add) that the book isn’t out here until 2012!!! Erm, what the heck is going on? I don’t like waiting.
I am pretty sure that many of you have been in a similar situation; in fact I know that several of the people who are following the Man Booker on its forum internationally have had them shipped from the UK to destinations all over the shop. I also am fully aware that not every book sells to all the publishers worldwide at the same time, just like if a book is bought by Penguin in the UK doesn’t mean it will be bought by Penguin in the USA or Australia etc. I am just impatient. I want to read ‘When She Woke’ on October the 4th; I mean look how tantalising it sounds…
“Hannah Payne’s life has been devoted to church and family, but after her arrest, she awakens to a nightmare: she is lying on a table in a bare room, covered only by a paper gown, with cameras broadcasting her every move to millions at home, for whom observing new Chromes—criminals whose skin color has been genetically altered to match the class of their crime—is a new and sinister form of entertainment. Hannah is a Red; her crime is murder. The victim, according to the State of Texas, was her unborn child, and Hannah is determined to protect the identity of the father, a public figure with whom she’s shared a fierce and forbidden love.
When She Woke is a fable about a stigmatized woman struggling to navigate an America of a not-too-distant future—where the line between church and state has been eradicated and convicted felons are no longer imprisoned and rehabilitated but chromed and released back into the population to survive as best they can. In seeking a path to safety in an alien and hostile world, Hannah unknowingly embarks on a path of self-discovery that forces her to question the values she once held true and the righteousness of a country that politicizes faith.”
Of course I could order it over the internet and have it sometime not too far after the 4th of October, the joys of the internet (and I am sure some of you will snigger at the e-reader hater in me as you can get it ON the 4th, don’t be smug) yet somehow that seems like cheating. Don’t ask me why, it just does. That’s why I didn’t order another book that I am having to wait ages for, ‘Little People’ by Jane Sullivan, again how good does this sound…
“When Mary Ann, an impoverished governess, rescues a child from the Yarra River, she sets in motion a train of events that she could never have foreseen. It is not a child she has saved but General Tom Thumb, star of a celebrated troupe of midgets on their 1870 tour of Australia.
From the enchanting Queen of Beauty Lavinia Stratton to the brilliant pianist Franz Richardson, it seems that Mary Ann has fallen in among friends. She soon discovers, however, that relationships within the troupe and its entourage are far from harmonious. Jealousy is rife, and there are secrets aplenty: even Mary Ann has one of her own. Relief gradually turns to fear as she realises that she may be a pawn in a more dangerous game than she imagined …
This gripping historical novel has all the colour and flair of the circus, complete with sideshows starring the little people themselves. A fantastical tale of intrigue and showtime glamour, Little People will charm and beguile you.”
Oh well its something to look forward to isn’t it, and we need books that are tempting us from afar don’t we. Maybe its a sign I am of the ‘instant gratification generation’ which someone claimed the other day? I prefer the term ‘excitable about books’ personally.
Which books can you simply not wait for and are you debating ordering from foreign shores? Are there any books out in the UK at the moment that aren’t where you are… or vice versa?