With the onset of 2017, all of us at Mrs. Dalloway's look forward to seeing you in the new year. We hope the bookstore continues to be a place of comfort, of discovery, and of conversations. Our tables and shelves will continue to be filled with books that entertain and inform, some offering escape and others bringing a better understanding of issues and actions that can't be escaped.
So we're off and running, with a slew of new titles arrivng this month. Here are a few we're looking forward to, with more to come soon. Give us a call or drop us a line if you'd like to reserve a copy, or you can click on a book cover to order online.
Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran. Immigration, infertility, and class issues infuse this story, a heart-wrenching novel that gives voice to two mothers: a young undocumented Mexican woman and an Indian-American wife whose love for one lucky boy will bind their fates together. Sekaran is a Berkeley author who teaches creative writing at California College of the Arts. In store
Selection Day by Aravind Adiga. He won the prestigious Booker Prize for The White Tiger, and Adiga's new novel again delivers. It's about two brothers in a Mumbai slum who are raised by their obsessive father to become cricket stars, and whose coming of age threatens their relationship, future, and sense of themselves. In a review of the book, The New York Times described Adiga as a "serious and nervy writer working at near the top of his form." In store
Days Without End by Sebastian Barry. A new novel from the acclaimed Irish writer is always cause for excitement. This story of an young Irish immigrant joining the U.S. Army and fighting in both the American Indian and Civil Wars has already garnered praise in England, with author Kazuo Ishiguro calling it "a violent, superbly lyrical western offering a sweeping vision of America in the making, the most fascinating line-by-line first person narration I've come across in years." Jan. 24
History of Wolves by Emily Friudlund. This atmospheric, foreboding debut novel about a young girl growing up in the woods of Minnesota is the #1 Indie Next pick for January, signalling its popularity with independent booksellers nationwide. Linda is 14 and a backwoods outcast who becomes caught up with enigmatic new neighbors and a classmate embroiled in a relationship with a teacher. The story is narrated by the adult Linda, who slowly reveals her part in a tragedy at the book's center. In store
Reality Is Not What It Seems: The Journey to Quantum Gravity by Carlo Rovelli. Rovelli, an Italian theoretical physicist and author of the publishing sensation Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, takes readers on an accesible new journey through physics,offering a deeper understanding of the theories he introduced so concisely in his previous book. What makes this so potentially appealing is Rovelli's clear, even poetic, writing style. Jan. 24
The Dry by Jane Harper. This is a must-read for mystery fans, a taut tale set in a small Australian town consumed by a debilitating drought. A federal investigator returns to his hometown to investigate the murder of his childhood best friend and erase old demons of his own; as tensions deepen, a community already on edge from the lack of water gets ever closer to the boiling point. Harper's gripping debut won Australia's 2015 Victorian Premier Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. In store