This Friday and every Friday for the next several months I'll be featuring a book in the Harper Perennial Imprint. Some were recently published, some will be released later this year, all are worth a closer look.
Katrina Kittle's newest novel, The Blessings of the Animals, centers around a veterinarian and her relationships with family and friends and, of course, animals. For some reason—maybe because I loved the James Herriot books or maybe because I love animals—I've always been drawn to books that feature vets.
Here's the publisher's summary.
Veterinarian Cami Anderson has hit a rough patch. Stymied by her recent divorce, she wonders if there are secret ingredients to a happy, long-lasting marriage or if the entire institution is outdated and obsolete. Couples all around her are approaching important milestones. Her parents are preparing to celebrate their fiftieth anniversary. Her brother and his partner find their marriage dreams legally blocked. Her former sister-in-law—still her best friend—is newly engaged. The youthfully exuberant romance of her teenage daughter is developing complications. And three separate men—including her ex-husband—are becoming entangled in Cami's messy post-marital love life.With Cami as the hub, The Blessings of the Animals, explores a variety of relationships, not just between lovers but also between mothers and daughters, between friends, and of course with animals. I am looking forward to learning how Cami finds her way after divorce and more about her connections to a horse, a goat, and a cat:
But as she struggles to come to terms with her own doubts amid this chaotic circus of relationships, Cami finds strange comfort in an unexpected confidant: an angry, unpredictable horse in her care. With the help of her equine soul mate, she begins to make sense of marriage's great mysteries—and its disconnects.
Now the hard part is going to be waiting for The Blessing of the Animals to be released on August 2. Several lucky people picked up copies at BookExpo America, and I am looking forward to reading their reviews. This novel is on my late-summer reading list. Perfect for relaxing on the beach. This might also make a good book club choice; in fact there is an online reading guide.
To learn more about Kittle, visit her author page at HarperCollins or her website.
This book was featured as part of my Spotlight on the Harper Perennial imprint. For information about the imprint, please read Erica Barmash's welcome note posted here on June 18, 2010. I encourage you to add your reviews of Harper Perennial books to the review link-up page; it's a great way to discover Good Books for Cool People. You might also want to visit the The Olive Reader, the Harper Perennial blog.
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Published by HarperCollins / Harper Perennial, August 2010