Three Arcs – McLain – Bacigalupi – Sheers

May 6, 2015

Paula McLain’s book Circling the Sun is coming out July 28th and I’ve just finished an ARC.  I can promise one to the first commenter, but do let me know if you’re 2 or 3 as we have a few floating around. McLain’s The Paris Wife circulated over 1000 times and I’m starting with 30 copies of Circling, which will be in the catalog shortly. This is a fictionalized account of rugged pioneer horse trainer, aviator and unapologetic “tomboy” Beryl Markham, with rich descriptions of colonial East Africa and an intriguing characterization of Karen Blixen.  Enduring and resisting social prejudice to be true to one’s nature, much like the safari animals of the main character’s childhood, is a definite theme.

Circling the Sun

Paula McLain, author of the phenomenal bestseller The Paris Wife, now returns with her keenly anticipated new novel, transporting readers to colonial Kenya in the 1920s.Circling the Sun brings to life a fearless and captivating woman—Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, author of the classic memoirOut of Africa.

Brought to Kenya from England as a child and then abandoned by her mother, Beryl is raised by both her father and the native Kipsigis tribe who share his estate. Her unconventional upbringing transforms Beryl into a bold young woman with a fierce love of all things wild and an inherent understanding of nature’s delicate balance. But even the wild child must grow up, and when everything Beryl knows and trusts dissolves, she is catapulted into a string of disastrous relationships.

Beryl forges her own path as a horse trainer, and her uncommon style attracts the eye of the Happy Valley set, a decadent, bohemian community of European expats who also live and love by their own set of rules. But it’s the ruggedly charismatic Denys Finch Hatton who ultimately helps Beryl navigate the uncharted territory of her own heart. The intensity of their love reveals Beryl’s truest self and her fate: to fly.

Set against the majestic landscape of early-twentieth-century Africa, McLain’s powerful tale reveals the extraordinary adventures of a woman before her time, the exhilaration of freedom and its cost, and the tenacity of the human spirit.


This one comes out this month – would anyone like to jump the queue?

The Water Knife

Paolo Bacigalupi, New York Times -Bestselling author and National Book Award Finalist, dives once again onto our uncertain future with his first thriller for adults since his multi-award winning debut phenomenon The Windup Girl . In the American Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, and California skirmish for dwindling shares of the Colorado River. Into the fray steps Angel Velasquez, detective, leg-breaker, assassin and spy. A Las Vegas water knife, Angel “cuts” water for his boss, Catherine Case, ensuring that her lush, luxurious arcology developments can bloom in the desert, so the rich can stay wet, while the poor get nothing but dust. When rumors of a game-changing water source surface in drought-ravaged Phoenix, Angel is sent to investigate. There, he encounters Lucy Monroe, a hardened journalist with no love for Vegas and every reason to hate Angel, and Maria Villarosa, a young Texas refugee who survives by her wits and street smarts in a city that despises everything that she represents. With bodies piling up, bullets flying, and Phoenix teetering on collapse, it seems like California is making a power play to monopolize the life-giving flow of a river. For Angel, Lucy, and Maria time is running out and their only hope for survival rests in each other’s hands. But when water is more valuable than gold, alliances shift like sand, and the only thing for certain is that someone will have to bleed if anyone hopes to drink.





  1. Finally, this is also being promoted heavily and comes out in June. (Note: ARC cover design is different).

I Saw a Man : a novelAn utterly stunning novel of love, loss, the insidious nature of secrets, and the enduring power of words. I Saw a Man fulfills the promise of Owen Sheers’s acclaimed novel, Resistance . When journalist Caroline Marshall fails to return from assignment in Pakistan, her grief-stricken husband, Michael, leaves their cottage in Wales and returns to London where he quickly develops a friendship with his neighbors, Josh and Samantha Nelson, and their two young daughters. Michael’s friendship with the Nelsons marks the beginning of a long healing process, until a terrible accident adds yet more grief, and the burden of a shattering secret, to Michael’s life. How will Michael bear this weight as he navigates his persistent doubts on the path to attempted redemption? The answer, revealed with nerve-wracking suspense , is eloquent, resonant, and completely unforgettable.




7 Responses to “Three Arcs – McLain – Bacigalupi – Sheers”

  1. Jessica Y Says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed The Paris Wife and I am looking forward to reading Circling the Sun! Thanks for the review. It sounds very interesting!

  2. Darren Says:

    Certainly! It sounds like you want one so I’ll get to you soon. Thanks!


  3. siloak Says:

    Darren – I would love to have The Water Knife!

    Anne (OAK)

  4. Darren Says:

    Sure thing – on its way!

  5. Erin Peterson Says:

    Darren, I’d be interested in I Saw A Man if there’s still a copy available!

    Erin (EDM)

  6. Pamela Cronkrite Says:

    Thank you for trying to get me a ARC of “Circle the Sun”!!

  7. Pamela Cronkrite Says:

    Correction: “Circling the Sun” by Paula McLain!! And thanks again.

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