As summer begins to grind on into those hot humid days we all remember so fondly (ha!) from summers past, it’s a good time to get away from it all. Rather than spend the money and deal with all the aggravation of trains, planes and automobiles at this time of year, why not try some new books set in faraway places? It’s easy to get absorbed in another culture, another country, when you’re reading a well-written novel, and you’re in luck because we have some intriguing new books set in unusual places coming out in the next couple of weeks, just begging to take you away from it all.
Only Wounded: Stories of the Irish Troubles, by well known and much loved Irish author Patrick Taylor, is set in the not-too distant past, the time of the sectarian violence known euphemistically as “the Troubles” in Northern Ireland. With his usual skill at characterization and his empathy for ordinary people caught up in difficult times, Taylor brings the reader into the world of bombings and attacks, people trying to survive and live decent lives in the midst of chaos. Only Wounded will be on our shelves on June 23.
Moving from the tragedies of Northern Ireland in the 1970’s to Argentina in and around 1913, The Gods of Tango, by Carolina deRobertis, brings us an intriguing heroine, Leda, a young Italian woman who comes to Buenos Aires to join her husband there. Upon discovering, to her shock, that her husband is dead, Leda takes a bold step: she disguises herself as a man to play the violin with tango bands, bringing the music from brothels and bars to high society. Atmospheric, filled with music and intrigue and the rhythms of the tango, this is a book to dive into and savor when it arrives at the library on July 7.
Coming to the library on June 30, Flame Tree Road, by Shona Patel, takes us to 1870’s India and a young man, Biren Roy, who sets out to change the narrow rules of his society. After seeing his mother’s suffering upon her widowhood, he becomes a lawyer and goes to work for the government, fighting for academic equality for girls in a caste-ridden, colonialized society. Progress always comes with a price, and Biren finds his efforts make him a stranger among his countrymen. The love of Maya, an independent-minded daughter of an educator, ignites his energies and gives him strength to continue struggling for what he believes is right. The language is rich and evocative, bringing the world and the time to life.
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