Monday, March 22, 2010

Mailbox Monday


Thank you to Marcia at The Printed Page for putting on the weekly Mailbox Monday, a place where I discover so many wonderful new books.

Check out her blog and post all the new books you acquired last week.


The Swimming Pool by Holly LeCraw (ARC from Doubleday via Shelf Awareness)

From the author's website:

Marcella di Pavarese Atkinson has always longed for love, warmth, understanding. Seven years ago, she believed she had found it, although illicitly, with Cecil McClatchey–a married father of two, and a longtime summer acquaintance from Cape Cod. But on the night their romance abruptly ended, Cecil’s wife was found dead, and Cecil died soon after, an uncharged suspect. Now Marcella lives alone, divorced, estranged from her teenaged daughter, and hobbled by her grief and guilt.

Meanwhile, Cecil’s grown son, Jed, returns to the Cape for the summer for the first time in years, with his sister and her young children. One morning, in an upstairs closet, he finds a bathing suit he recognizes as Marcella’s–a relic, unbeknownst to him, of his father’s affair. A hunch, his years-long hunger for answers, and the memory of a teenaged crush send Jed looking for her. But when Marcella and Jed, to their deep surprise, fall into a passionate affair of their own, they must hide it from their families and also begin, reluctantly, to look more closely at the past. What they find is shocking, heartbreaking, and, perhaps, the beginning of healing; but as they confront their shared pain, a crisis is brewing in the present that will force them, and us, to think about the very nature of love.

Lyrical and sensuous, The Swimming Pool is about devotion in all its forms: between spouses, lovers, siblings and, especially, between parents and children. It is a story of how our most essential connections entwine, in the most surprising of ways, and how they endure.

8 comments:

DCMetroreader said...

I received the Swimming Pool late last week (it will be on next week's list) & have started reading it. I am enjoying it so far.

Kaye said...

I got The Swimming Pool too. It looks really good, I hope we both like it. Have a great week and happy reading.

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I too got The Swimming Pool. It looks pretty good. Happy reading!

Alayne said...

Hope you like it! My mailbox is at The Crowded Leaf.

tweezle said...

I've seen this book on a few websites now. Looks really interesting. I can't wait to read your review.

Here's mine for this week.

Callista said...

I don't get many books from Shelf Awareness because only a few are open to Canadians. Hope you enjoy your read!

nat @book, line, and sinker said...

i tried to fall in love with shelf awareness but the daily emails made me too nervous. lol. i've never requested anything from the site and get my books mainly from the library (when i'm not busy owing my life savings in overdue fines), my friends, or from publishers.

this week my little post box was jammed to the hilt--i'm really excited about some of the books and will be reviewing them over the next month. 'the queen of palmyra' is one i'm particularly looking forward to!

Jess - A Book Hoarder said...

@nat @book, line, and sinkerAll your overdue library fines make me VERY scared to start Under the Dome. Maybe it won't be as bad because I have the book not the audiobook...or maybe it will be worse.