Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday--Christina Schwarz's New Novel

The Waiting on Wednesday concept is a weekly feature of the Breaking the Spine blog.  It's a great way to share information about a forthcoming title that is on my radar screen with other readers.

Today's anticipated book:         
The Edge of the Earth: A Novel
The Edge of the Earth
by Christina Schwarz

Publication Date: April 2, 2013
Publisher: Atria Books
Preorder now from online and bricks and mortar bookstores

From the author of Drowning Ruth, a haunting, atmospheric novel set at the closing of the frontier about a young wife who moves to a far-flung and forbidding lighthouse where she uncovers a life-changing secret. 

Trudy is a polished, college-educated young woman from a respectable upper middle-class family, and it’s only a matter of time before she’ll marry Ernst, the son of her parents’ closest friends. All should be well in her world, and yet Trudy is restless and desperate for more stimulation than 1897 Milwaukee will allow. When she falls in love with enigmatic and ambitious Oskar, she believes she’s found her escape from the banality of her pre-ordained life. Alienated from Trudy’s family and friends, the couple moves across the country to take a job at a lighthouse in the eerily isolated Point Lucia, California. Upon arriving they meet the light station’s only inhabitants—the Crawleys, a family whose plain appearance is no indication of what lies below the surface. It isn’t long before Trudy begins to realize that there is more going on in this seemingly empty place than she could ever have imagined. 

Gorgeously detailed, swiftly paced, and anchored in the lush geography of the remote and eternally mesmerizing Big Sur, The Edge of the Earth is a magical and moving story of secrets and self-transformation, ruses and rebirths, masterfully told by a celebrated and accomplished author.

My thoughts: Schwarz is an adept storyteller whose previous novels have delighted readers.  I am curious to see how a lighthouse setting, which has been very popular of late, and Big Sur, one of the most beautiful geographic areas of the country (and a favorite spot of mine), yield to Schwarz's talent in her latest fictional offering.


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  1. Oooh this one sounds fantastic! Will definitely be checking this one out. :) Great pick.
    Happy New Year!
    My WoW Pick!

    1. Thanks. The forthcoming Kinsella novel you highlighted in your blog today looks like a fun read.

  2. This one does sound interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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