Wednesday, April 6, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday: A Good Hard Look


 "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:

A Good Hard Look
By Ann Napolitano 
Publication Date: July 7

From Amazon:

Crippled by lupus at twenty-five, celebrated author Flannery O’Connor was forced to leave New York City and return home to Andalusia, her family farm in Milledgeville, Georgia. Years later, as Flannery is finishing a novel and tending to her menagerie of peacocks, her mother drags her to the wedding of a family friend.

Cookie Himmel embodies every facet of Southern womanhood that Flannery lacks: she is revered for her beauty and grace; she is at the helm of every ladies’ organization in town; and she has returned from her time in Manhattan with a rich fiancée, Melvin Whiteson. Melvin has come to Milledgeville to begin a new chapter in his life, but it is not until he meets Flannery that he starts to take a good, hard look at the choices he has made. Despite the limitations of her disease, Flannery seems to be more alive than other people, and Melvin is drawn to her like a moth to a candle flame.


Heartbreakingly beautiful and inescapably human, these ordinary and extraordinary people chart their own courses in life. In the aftermath of one tragic afternoon, they are all forced to look at themselves and face up to Flannery’s observation that the truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.

 What's your "waiting on" pick this week?

Want to participate? Grab the logo, post your own WoW entry on your blog, and leave your link below!

 

48 comments:

Jess (Gone with the Words) said...

Oooh, I love these type of stories!! Going to add this to my wishlist. :)

Kah Woei said...

Sounds like a very moving read ... I'll keep an eye out for this one.

Kristen - Seeing Night said...

Nice pick for your Wow sounds like a good one!.

Ladybug said...

I'm not sure that is for me but lovely cover.

Tina's Blog said...

This cover is so interesting. Adding to my list, of course.

Melissa Dawn said...

It's not quite up my alley but yet it sounds good. Happy reading when you finally get a chance to read it!

Casey (The Bookish Type) said...

Oops! Sorry for the double entry -- I accidentally posted the goodreads link the first time! lol

This isn't my usual read, but the description is so beautiful I may have to check it out!

Celesta said...

This sounds adorable! Pretty cover too! Thanks, as always, for hosting this!

Mardel said...

Sounds inspiring and fun.

Kay said...

I love the sound of this one. I'll be on the lookout for it!

Sarah @ The Brazen Bookworm said...

That looks great. I always feel guilty that I've never read anything by Flannery O'Connor...maybe this will inspire me!

Bethany said...

Love the peacock on the cover!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, I do love the ones you find, Jill! This one sounds fabulous!

Patrischa said...

I never heart of that one, hmmm.. Sounds good.

Sue said...

Well ill give most books a try, so ill def add it to my list....

Safari Poet said...

You always have books I don't know :-)

Happy reading

Tristan said...

looks like a good book, cool cover :)

elizabeth said...

Sorry about the accidental link. It is number 123 if you want to delete it.

Awesome book pick by the way.

Lindsay of VioletHourBR said...

Great story! =)

LibrarySnake said...

That one looks reaaly good. Added it to my TBR pile.

Cecelia said...

Your pick sounds wonderful. I'll be looking out for it.

Carina said...

I haven't heard of that one yet, but it sounds quite interesting. Not the kind of story I would pick up immediately, but the more I think about it, the more interested I become. :D

Carina

bookmomma said...

I love it when people are forced to come to terms with something. And the cover is stunning. I will have to check it out when it is published.

BookMystress/Monique Writes said...

wow sounds nice!!

the book mystress, xx

Joy said...

This sounds very interesting..my boss is in remission from lupus.
Love the cover too.

nomadreader said...

This book sounds fascinating. I adore historical novels about real people (especially literary people!). I'm off to get this author's first novel from the library in the meantime. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

bermudaonion said...

That sounds fabulous to me!

Lori @ Romancing the Darkside said...

Sad but moving...this is one I'd read on vacation!

wavybrains said...

Love this cover! Great pick!

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Neri said...

This book sounds intriguin, adding to my tbr list. Thanks!

TwilightsDance said...

Very nice pick for your WOW.

Bri Meets Books said...

This one sounds pretty interesting. I never knew the author had lupus. Thanks for sharing!

bookworm1494 said...

This sounds like a good book.
Check out my WOW!
Waiting on Wednesday link

Cheyenne said...

Nice book!

Here's my Waiting on Wednesday: http://thecheyshow.blogspot.com/2011/04/waiting-on-wednesday-april-6.html

Aislynn said...

Sounds like a great book!!

Tribute Books Mama said...

Looks like a must read to me.

Gwendolyn B. said...

Oh, this does sound good! Another one for the wish list!

Read.Breathe.Relax. said...

This is my first time participating in this meme! I'm excited to see what everyone else is reading! :)

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

Your pick looks great! Thanks for hosting this meme, I really enjoy participating and seeing all the different books people are looking forward to!

the demureconnoisseur said...

Fun topic! Not my style of book at first glance, but you never know until you try! -Stacy

lulilut said...

Oh, that sounds lovely. Sad, too.

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I do love the cover! First I've heard of this one Jill; nice pick.

Molli said...

All I can say is...WOW. ;) This book sounds quite awesome. :)

Linda said...

Sounds like a good book! :)

Check out my WOW: http://mostimportantletter.wordpress.com/2011/04/06/waiting-on-wednesdays-4/

IntrovertedJen said...

I actually need to read more O'Connor. I've only read a few of her short stories in high school. This sounds good!

as always ♥ Carol said...

Sounds like a Faboulous books ... now leaving to goodreads to add to my TBR list lol

Cozy in Texas said...

Thanks for the review. Lovely cover.
Ann

RandomlyKait said...

Wow, this book looks really good!