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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

“Waiting On” Wednesday

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. This week's pre-publication “can't-wait-to-read” selection is:

Private Life by Jane Smiley

From the publisher:
A stunning novel from the Pulitzer Prize winner that traverses the intimate landscape of one woman’s life, from the 1880s to World War II.

Margaret Mayfield is nearly an old maid at twenty-seven when she marries Captain Andrew Jackson Jefferson Early. He’s the most famous man their Missouri town has ever produced: a naval officer and an astronomer—a genius who, according to the local paper, has changed the universe. Margaret’s mother calls the match “a piece of luck.”

Yet Andrew confounds Margaret’s expectations from the moment their train leaves for his naval base in San Francisco, and soon she realizes that his devotion to science leaves little room for anything, or anyone, else. She stands by him through tragedies both personal and those they share with the nation. But as World War II approaches, Andrew’s obsessions take a darker turn, forcing Margaret to reconsider the life she’s so carefully constructed.

A portrait of marriage and the mysteries that endure even in lives lived side by side; a riveting historical panorama; an unforgettable novel from one of our finest storytellers.

Publishes 5/4/10 by Knopf

7 comments:

Jill said...

Why is it that I haven't read anything by this author??? I've heard so many good things. This one's going on the list...

Lori said...

I hope that one you get your book, that you enjoy it. Here's mine.

Wendy said...

Sounds like a great historical romance :) It still kills me in this day and age of being an old maid at 27 back then :)

Jan von Harz said...

Love the officer's name and Margret has to be a great character since she is from Missouri. This sound like a very complex novel. Great choice

Christina T said...

I've been looking for more literary novels to read and this one looks very promising. I haven't read anything by Jane Smiley but I've heard that she is a great writer.

Carin said...

Oh she is! I loved A Thousand Acres, and Moo was great too.

nomadreader said...

I love Jane Smiley, and I'm really looking forward to this one. The cover is breathtaking too. Thanks!