Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Won It - The Spirit Room

I won my second book from the Goodreads - First Reads program.  The first was Wilderness, by Lance Weller, which I posted a review for but had not ever posted about winning it.  Well this time I've won a book called The Spirit Room, by Marschel Paul.

'A captivating historical novel about two independent-minded sisters in Victorian era America.

Set in New York state in the late 1850s, two sisters are forced into becoming hoax mediums by their reprobate father in the wake of their mother's death. Following a short apprenticeship with a renowned Spiritualist and her clairvoyant assistant, 17-year-old Izzie and 13-year-old Clara Benton set up shop with Papa in a rigged séance parlor dubbed The Spirit Room.

The intelligent, self-educated Izzie shows genuine psychic talent but fears the spirit-world voices she hears are like her mother's, which she believes drove her mother to madness and early death. Vowing to return if Clara or her siblings need her protection, Izzie flees the family Spiritualism enterprise to go to Rochester with a new husband, a doctor specializing in "water-cure"--a trendy health spa therapy that the doctor soon begins to practice on his new wife. Clara, meanwhile, finds the Spirit Room gradually transformed, under her father's will, into a center for something much more malicious than hoax séances.

Becoming separated both physically and emotionally by complex turns in their paths, the young sisters, as the story unfolds, are becoming women. But will they be able to come out whole without each other?

In her noteworthy debut novel, Marschel Paul peppers her narrative with cultural and political references, from Madame Bovary to Elizabeth Cady Stanton, that effectively serve as touchstones for the story's themes of women's independence and the power of female relationships--whether they be sisters, mentors, allies, or friends.'


This is quite a big book . . . 587 pages!  I'm excited to read it.  There was a matching bookmark included too, but the coolest part . . . ?

It's signed!!

6 comments:

  1. Congrats! I love goodreads! Are you currently reading anything?

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    1. I'm currently reading Echo, by Alyson Noel. It's the second book in her Soul Seekers series. I loved the first one but this second one is a bit lacking.

      I won ANOTHER book a couple days ago!

      What is your Goodreads name? Can I look you up/add you?

      ~Deb

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  2. Absolutely! My name is Julie Johnson and my email is ufgatorbugg at aol dot com. It is such a let down when the second in a series is not that good. I am trying to decide what to read next.

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    1. Have you read the Mortal Instruments series? Going to see the movie? Or not your type?

      ~Deb

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  3. Okay, this is hilarious. This is the preview of this post on my Blogger dashboard:

    "Set in New York state in the late 1850s, two sisters are forced into becoming hoax mediums by their reprobate father in the wake of their mother's death. Following a short apprenticeship with a renowned Spiritualist and her clairvoyant ass..."

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    1. Her clairvoyant ass? Wow. lol

      I started reading this last night. Only got a few pages in though because I was tired and preoccupied.

      ~Deb

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