Wednesday, July 17, 2013

"Waiting On" Wednesday: Guests on Earth

"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:


Guests on Earth
By Lee Smith

Publication Date: October 15

From Barnes & Noble:

Evalina Toussaint, the orphaned child of an exotic dancer in New Orleans, is just 13 when she is admitted to Highland Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. The year is 1936, and the mental hospital is under the direction of the celebrated psychiatrist Robert S. Carroll. His innovative program of treatment for mental and nervous disorders and addictions is based on exercise, diet, art, and occupational therapies—and experimental shock therapy.

Evalina finds herself in the company of some notable fellow patients, including Zelda Fitzgerald, estranged wife of F. Scott, who takes the young piano prodigy under her wing. Evalina becomes the accompanist for the musical programs at the hospital. This provides privileged insight into the events that transpire over the next 12 years, culminating in a tragic fire—its mystery unsolved to this day—that killed nine women in a locked ward, Zelda among them. At all costs, Evalina listens, observes, remembers—and tells us everything.



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


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36 comments:

Mary BookHounds Jacobs said...

thanks

Andrea @The Bookish Babes said...

Thanks for sharing!

Lizzy said...

Sounds like a good read, although I don't know much about the actual event (shame on me, I'm off to google). Great pick :)

Belle Read said...

You have a real knack for digging up the most interesting upcoming releases.

HOOTIE said...

This sounds good! Thanks for sharing!

booksnshtuff said...

Looks like an interesting book!

Diamond Cronen said...

Awesome! It sounds and looks good.,l

^_^

my 2nd WoW post!

Little Miss Becky said...

Wow this sounds really great. I love books that involve real people and events!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Me too Jill, I so want to get a copy of this one.

Catherine Healey said...

I heard this author speak at BEA and have an ARC of this book. She was fascinating and I'm hoping to get to the ARC over the summer.

My WoW: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2013/07/waiting-on-wednesday-my-notorious-life.html

Jackie said...

Happy Hump Wednesday :p

Sam's Book Basket said...

This sounds really interesting! Maybe I'll give it a try :D

Here's my WoW: http://samsbookbasket.blogspot.com/2013/07/waiting-on-wednesday-fear-of-falling-sl.html

LilyElement said...

Looks pretty interesting! Thanks :)

Shane Morgan said...

Awesome pick. Thanks for sharing :)

bermudaonion said...

A new Lee Smith is reason for excitement!

Leeanna said...

Just the other day I saw a post on Tumblr about Zelda Fitzgerald, and I was shocked by what I didn't know. Not that I'm the biggest fan of her husband, but still. Wow. Definitely added this to my TBR list.

Book Blather said...

Is this based on a real event - the name Zelda Fitzgerald sparked my question. I like the sound of this one, I haven't read Lee Smith before.

Natalie Natflixandbooks said...

That looks intriguing. I'll definitely have to keep my eyes open for that one. Great pick!

Sharrice Hewlett said...

Oooh this one looks really good. I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for this one at B&N when it's released! Thank you for sharing!

Emily said...

This week's Waiting on Wednesday @ my blog, is Allegiant!

http://emilyheartsbooks.blogspot.com/2013/07/waiting-on-wednesday-12.html

Kristin A. said...

Guests on Fire sounds interesting. A proper mystery if you will. I might just need to add this to my TBR. Thanks for sharing!

Joy H said...

Thanks for the link up and I see in your post from last week that Fannie F. has a new book out. Can't wait to get it for my Mom. I like her but my Mom adores her books.

Rita_h said...

A good pick, a tragic story. I knew this about Zelda Fitzgerald because when I was a kid a biography about her was released and my mother and her friends all read the book and she told me something about it. The way people with issues were treated back in the day is so frightening (and women with depression or substance abuse)...we still have a long way to go to not stigmatize folks with mental disorders.

Carol Ford said...

This sounds like a great real life mystery and probably something I would love to read.

Liana Chau said...

This is barely my second WoW post! So many people have entered the linky list already! This meme must me popular! Thanks for sharing. (:

joana mafalda said...

The book sounds interesting :D

Caroline Waddell said...

Looks like a good one!

Greg said...

Sounds very interesting. I shudder to think how people with mental illness or in institutions like this were treated in those days. Thanks for sharing.

My Wow http://greglhill.blogspot.com/

Becky Thompson said...

oh man this looks super cool... not my usual genre but I definitely want to read this. (if it involves experimental psychological treatments, I'm there. *is a psych nerd*)

Sheena-kay Graham said...

This is a very interesting pick. Treatment for mental illness has come a long way. My Wow

KristianaAlex said...

Well, is there anyone who read The Dark Places by Gillian Flynn? In Czech will released in this December.

HOOTIE said...

Mine is from Ink My Heart by Jean Haus

http://globugandhootie.blogspot.com/2013/07/waiting-on-wednesday-ink-my-heart.html?m=1

J said...

You come up with some really interesting upcoming releases. And I really love Waiting on Wednesday.

Mine is over at: http://mybookhangovers.blogspot.com/2013/07/waiting-on-wednesday-project-cain.html

Nichole said...

Wow that book looks really good! It reminds me of that movie Midnight in Paris. If you haven't seen it, you should. I think you would like it!
Thanks for the share!

Kim@Time2Read said...

Wow! That one sounds really good! And the cover is beautiful!

MadAboutBooks18 (Tanya) said...

Great post and I decided to do this on my blog :) Here's the link if you want to check it out :D

http://abookparadise.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/waiting-on-wednesday-1-allegiant-by.html

Much Love,
Tanya x