ARCS – Rieger, Adebayo, Gilvarry

August 9, 2017

Three ARC’s for first to comment:

The Heirs has a nice queue starting and Rieger’s The Divorce Papers circulated over 100 times here.  Stay with Me is an exciting debut by Adebayo, a Nigerian writer who recently was a resident on Whidbey Island.  Our copies have 18 holds already.  Gilvarry’s work comes out in August.

Rieger, Susan. The Heirs. Crown, May 2017.

The HeirsPublisher Summary: 

Six months after Rupert Falkes dies, leaving a grieving widow and five adult sons, an unknown woman sues his estate, claiming she had two sons by him. The Falkes brothers are pitched into turmoil, at once missing their father and feeling betrayed by him. In disconcerting contrast, their mother, Eleanor, is cool and calm, showing preternatural composure.




Adebayo, Ayobami. Stay with Me. Knopf, August 2017.

Stay With Me

Publisher Summary: 

This celebrated, unforgettable first novel (“A bright, big-hearted demonstration of female spirit.” – The Guardian ), shortlisted for the prestigious Bailey’s Prize and set in Nigeria, gives voice to both husband and wife as they tell the story of their marriage–and the forces that threaten to tear it apart.



Gilvarry, Alex. Eastman Was Here. Viking, August 2017.

Publisher Summary: 

Eastman Was Here“An ambitious new novel set in the literary world of 1970s New York, following a washed-up writer in an errant quest to pick up the pieces of his life. One of BuzzFeed’sExciting New Books You Need To Read This Summer The year is 1973, and Alan Eastman,a public intellectual, accidental cultural critic, washed-up war journalist, husband, and philanderer; finds himself alone on the floor of his study in an existential crisis. His wife has taken their kids and left him to live with her mother in New Jersey, and his best work feels as though it is years behind him. In the depths of despair, he receives an unexpected and unwelcome phone call from his old rival dating back to his days on the Harvard literary journal, offering him the chance to go to Vietnamto write the definitive account of the end of America’s longest war. Seeing his opportunity to regain his wife’s love and admiration while reclaiming his former literary glory, he sets out for Vietnam. But instead of the return to form as a pioneering warcorrespondent that he had hoped for, he finds himself in Saigon, grappling with the same problems he thought he’d left back in New York. Following his widely acclaimed debut,From the Memoirs of a Non-Enemy Combatant, Alex Gilvarry employs the same thoughtful, yet dark sense of humor in Eastman Was Here to capture one irredeemable man’s search for meaning in the face of advancing age, fading love, and a rapidly-changing world. “With his second book, Gilvarry establishes himself as a writer who defies expectation, convention and categorization.Eastman Was Hereis a dark, riotously funny and audacious exploration of the sacred and the profane–and pretty much everything in between.” –Tea Obreht,New York Timesbestselling author ofThe Tiger’s Wife”– Provided by publisher.


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