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Welcome to this week’s ARC roundup. I’ve tweaked the layout of this post so that hopefully it’s a lot easier and more appealing to read. There are a whole bunch of books available this week, so let’s get right to the good stuff.

And don’t forget to check out Literophilia’s Picks! They’re highlighted in hot pink so you can’t possibly miss them. 🙂


  • The Long Fall by Walter Mosley

“A brand-new mystery series from one of the country’s best-known, best-loved writers. A new character. A new series. A new era. A new Walter Mosley. The Long Fall – the first Leonid McGill story.” On Sale: 3.24.09.

From Amazon:
“His name is etched on the door of his Manhattan office: LEONID McGILL, PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR. It’s a name that takes a little explaining, but he’s used to it. “Daddy was a communist and great-great-Granddaddy was a slave master from Scotland. You know, the black man’s family tree is mostly root. Whatever you see above-ground is only a hint at the real story.”

Ex-boxer, hard drinker, in a business that trades mostly in cash and favors: McGill’s an old-school P.I. working a city that’s gotten fancy all around him. Fancy or not, he has always managed to get by—keep a roof over the head of his wife and kids, and still manage a little fun on the side—mostly because he’s never been above taking a shady job for a quick buck. But like the city itself, McGill is turning over a new leaf, “decided to go from crooked to slightly bent.”

New York City in the twenty-first century is a city full of secrets—and still a place that reacts when you know where to poke and which string to pull. That’s exactly the kind of thing Leonid McGill knows how to do. As soon as The Long Fall begins, with McGill calling in old markers and greasing NYPD palms to unearth some seemingly harmless information for a high-paying client, he learns that even in this cleaned-up city, his commitment to the straight and narrow is going to be constantly tested.

And we learn that with this protagonist, this city, this time, Mosley has tapped a rich new vein that’s inspiring his best work since the classic Devil in a Blue Dress.”

To request a copy: Fill out this form on the Penguin Group’s website with your name and address.


  • Land of Marvels by Barry Unsworth

Land of Marvels is up to Unsworth’s highest standard, featuring a cast of fascinating characters thrown together in the desert of Mesopotamia just before the Great War, all furiously digging for the past and turning up the future. American readers will recognize the landscape and learn some surprising facts about how we got exactly where we are right now. As well as a great read, Land of Marvels is an important book.” On Sale: 1.06.09.

From Publishers Weekly: “Booker Prize-winning Unsworth (The Ruby in Her Navel) sets his intelligent and timely new book in Mesopotamia during the spring of 1914, just before the chaos of WWI. John Somerville, a British archeologist desperate for fame, worries that his new discovery, an ancient tomb, will be compromised by the construction–funded by Germany–of a new railway line. At the excavation site, Somerville’s wife, Edith, wonders if her marriage has fizzled, especially after the arrival of Alex Elliott, a handsome American posing as a geologist but secretly searching for new sources of oil. Meanwhile, Jehar, an Arab confidence man, brings often fabricated messages to Somerville, warning him that the Germans are quickly approaching. The tension between the players–all eager to claim rights to what the land provides–builds toward a violent, unexpected finale. In elegantly modulated prose, Unsworth creates a tapestry of ambition and greed while, at the same time, foreshadowing the current conflict in the region.”

To request a copy: Fill out this form at Random House’s website with your name and address.


  • The Horse Boy: A Father’s Quest to Heal His Son by Ruper Isaacson

“How far would you go to heal your child? To the ends of the earth? This is a story everyone needs to hear.” On Sale: 4.14.09.

From Amazon: “When his son Rowan was diagnosed with autism, Rupert Isaacson was devastated, afraid he might never be able to communicate with his child. But when Isaacson, a lifelong horseman, rode their neighbor’s horse with Rowan, Rowan improved immeasurably. He was struck with a crazy idea: why not take Rowan to Mongolia, the one place in the world where horses and shamanic healing intersected?

The Horse Boy is the dramatic and heartwarming story of that impossible adventure. In Mongolia, the family found undreamed of landscapes and people, unbearable setbacks, and advances beyond their wildest dreams. This is a deeply moving, truly one-of-a-kind story–of a family willing to go to the ends of the earth to help their son, and of a boy learning to connect with the world for the first time.”

To request a copy: Send an e-mail to marketing@hbgusa.com with “The Horse Boy ARC” as the subject. Don’t forget to include your name and shipping address!


  • The World in Half by Cristina Henríquez

“‘A beautifully told story set against a lush and dazzling backdrop, a celebration of hope and forgiveness, a delicate examination of the power of memory, and an all-out great read.’ says Arin Kyle, author of The God of Animals. From the prize-winning author of Come Together, Fall Apart comes a mesmerizingly beautiful first novel about family, home, loss and forgiveness.” On Sale: 4.09.09.

From Amazon: “Miraflores has never known her father, and until now, she’s never thought that he wanted to know her. She’s long been aware that her mother had an affair with him while she was stationed with her then husband in Panama, and she’s always assumed that her pregnant mother came back to the United States alone with his consent. But when Miraflores returns to the Chicago suburb where she grew up, to care for her mother at a time of illness, she discovers that her mother and father had a greater love than she ever thought possible, and that her father had wanted her more than she could have ever imagined.

In secret, Miraflores plots a trip to Panama, in search of the man whose love she hopes can heal her mother—and whose presence she believes can help her find the pieces of her own identity that she thought were irretrievably lost. What she finds is unexpected, exhilarating, and holds the power to change the course of her life completely.

In gorgeous, shimmering prose, Cristina Henríquez delivers a triumphant and heartbreaking first novel: The World in Half, the story of a young woman reconciling an existence between two cultures and confronting a life of hardship with an endless capacity to learn, love, and forgive.”

To request a copy: Fill out this form on the Penguin Group’s website with your name and address.


  • The Age of Orphans by Laleh Khadivi

The Age of Orphans is the story of a Kurdish boy forced to betray his people in service of the new Iranian nation, and the tragic consequences as he grows into manhood.” On sale: 3.03.09.

From Publishers Weekly: Ironic, beautifully written, brutal and ugly, Khadivi’s ambitious debut novel follows a Kurdish boy who is tragically and violently conscripted into the shah’s army after his own people are slaughtered in battle. Assigned the name Reza Pejman Khourdi-Reza after the first shah of Iran, Pejman meaning heartbroken and Khourdi to denote he’s an ethnic Kurd-the boy suppresses all things Kurdish within him, fueled by a sense of self-preservation and self-loathing. Channeling fear and hate into brutal acts against the Kurds, Reza makes a quick climb up the military career ladder, eventually gaining an appointment to Kermanshah, a Kurdish region in the north of Iran. There, as overseer of his own people, Reza promotes Kurdish assimilation and the budding nation of Iran while mercilessly silencing voices of Kurdish independence. As he grows old with his Iranian wife, Meena, Reza’s internal conflicts simmer, then boil over, with unexpected and terrible results. This difficult but powerful novel, the first of a trilogy, introduces a writer with a strong, unflinching voice and a penetrating vision.”

To request a copy: Send an e-mail to marketing@bloomsburyusa.com with “The Age of Orphans” as the subject. Don’t forget to include your name and shipping address!


  • A Quiet Flame by Philip Kerr

“Philip Kerr returns with his best-loved character, Bernie Gunther, in A Quiet Flame; the fifth novel in what is now a series: a tight, twisting, compelling thriller that is firmly rooted in history.” On Sale: 3.19.09.

From Publishers Weekly: At the start of Kerr’s stellar fifth Bernie Gunther novel (after The One from the Other), the former Berlin homicide detective seeks exile in Argentina in 1950, along with others connected to the Nazi past (one of his fellow ship passengers is Adolf Eichmann). A few weeks after Gunther arrives in Buenos Aires, a local policeman, Colonel Montalbán, asks his help in solving the savage murder of 15-year-old Grete Wohlauf. Montalbán has noticed similarities between this crime and two unsolved murders Gunther investigated in 1932 Germany. Another teenage girl’s disappearance heightens the urgency of the inquiry. In exchange for free medical treatment for his just diagnosed thyroid cancer, Gunther agrees to subtly grill members of the large German community. A secret he stumbles on soon places his life in jeopardy. Kerr, who’s demonstrated his versatility with high-quality entries in other genres, cleverly and plausibly grafts history onto a fast-paced thriller plot.”

To request a copy: Fill out this form on the Penguin Group’s website with your name and address.