Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Wow: Dying to Know You & The Ruins of Us

Dying to Know You by Aidan Chambers

Synopsis

In Dying to Know You, award-winning author Aidan Chambers has created an indelible portrait of a young man discovering his own voice in the world, and has constructed a love story that is as much about the mind as it is the heart.


In this contemporary love story, a teenage boy named Karl enlists a famous writer to help him impress his girlfriend, Fiorella. She has asked him to write her a letter in which he reveals his true self. But Karl isn’t convinced he’s good enough with words, so he tracks down Fiorella’s favorite author and begs him to take up the task. The writer reluctantly assents, on the condition that Karl agree to a series of interviews, so that the letter will be based on an authentic portrait of Karl. The letter, though effective, has unexpected consequences for Karl, Fiorella, and the writer.





The Ruins of Us by Keija Parssinen (2012 Debut Author Publishes: January)

More than two decades after moving to Saudi Arabia and marrying powerful Abdullah Baylani, American-born Rosalie learns that her husband has taken a second wife. That discovery plunges their family into chaos as Rosalie grapples with leaving Saudi Arabia, her life, and her family behind. Meanwhile, Abdullah and Rosalie’s consuming personal entanglements blind them to the crisis approaching their sixteen-year-old son, Faisal, whose deepening resentment toward their lifestyle has led to his involvement with a controversial sheikh. When Faisal makes a choice that could destroy everything his embattled family holds dear, all must confront difficult truths as they fight to preserve what remains of their world.


The Ruins of Us is a timely story about intolerance, family, and the injustices we endure for love that heralds the arrival of an extraordinary new voice in contemporary fiction.

1 comment:

  1. bermudaonion @ http://www.mrsqbookadd... - Wow: Dying to Know You... 1 week ago · 0 replies · +1 points
    They both sound interesting!


    Elysium @ http://www.mrsqbookadd... - Wow: Dying to Know You... 1 week ago · 0 replies · 0 points
    The Ruins of Us sounds very interesting. I don't think I've read anything that sets in Saudi Arabia.
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    Juju@TalesofWhimsy @ http://www.mrsqbookadd... - Wow: Dying to Know You... 1 week ago · 0 replies · 0 points
    O Ruins sounds powerful. Gorgeous cover too. Cool choice.
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    @Lit_Explorer @ http://www.mrsqbookadd... - Wow: Dying to Know You... 1 week ago · 0 replies · 0 points
    Dying to Know You looks really cute :) I love that cover!

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    zibilee @ http://www.mrsqbookadd... - Wow: Dying to Know You... 1 week ago · 0 replies · 0 points
    I will be reading The Ruins of Us very shortly, and can't wait. It sounds like a wonderful story, and I am eager to get started with it. Your other WOW pick looks pretty amazing as well!


    Jenny Q @ http://www.mrsqbookadd... - Wow: Dying to Know You... 1 week ago · 0 replies · 0 points
    Both sound like thought-provoking reads!

    Jenny @ http://www.mrsqbookadd... - Wow: Dying to Know You... 1 week ago · 0 replies · 0 points
    I have a blog tour for Ruins of Us later this month... I have some issues with it so I put it down. Hopefully I can get back into it!

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