Wednesday, August 4, 2010

“Waiting On” Wednesday: Original Sins

“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:

Original Sins: A Novel of Slavery and Freedom by Peg Kingman

from the publisher:
Why would a runaway Virginia slave--having built a rewarding life in the East Indies as a silk merchant--risk everything by returning to America in 1840, eighteen years after taking her freedom? Anibaddh Lyngdoh claims that she intends to introduce a new kind of silk to the floundering American silk industry. But her true reason, as her old friend Grace MacDonald Pollocke discovers, is far more personal. Grace, now a Philadelphia portrait painter, undertakes a perilous investigation that leads to the discovery of old sins and crimes, and the commission of new ones. What laws maybe broken--what sins and crimes committed--in the service of a higher justice? Deceit, forgery, fraud, perjury . . . even murder?

This novel thrillingly evokes a nineteenth-century America not so different from the present: a time of stunning new technologies and financial collapse, when religious and racial views collided with avowed principles of morality and law.

This book is publishing 8/9/2010 by W. W. Norton.


Lori said...

I hope that you get your book soon, and that it is everything you hope it to be. Here's my WOW Happy reading!

Alayne said...

Wow, what amazing story and book cover. Great pick! My WOW is at The Crowded Leaf.

Jan von Harz said...

This sounds very interesting. Loving the title.

Kate said...

Hi! Wanted to let you know there's an award for you at Kate's Library!