Welcome to Imprint Friday and today's featured imprint: Algonquin Books. Stop by each week to be introduced to a must-read title from one of my favorite imprints. I know you'll be adding many of these books to your wish list.
Last week I offered you a teaser from Pictures of You by Caroline Leavitt. Today I'm spotlighting this fabulous book, and in early February I will treat you to an Imprint Extra from Caroline herself.
But let me step back a minute and tell you why I'm happy to bring this book to your attention. I'll start with the publisher's summary:
Two women running away from their marriages collide on a foggy highway, killing one of them. The survivor, Isabelle, is left to pick up the pieces, not only of her own life, but of the lives of the devastated husband and fragile son that the other woman, April, has left behind. Together, they try to solve the mystery of where April was running to, and why. As these three lives intersect, the book asks, How well do we really know those we love—and how do we forgive the unforgivable?If you've followed my blog for any amount of time then you know that one of my favorite premises is how one's life can change in a instant: owing to an accident, as the result of a poor decision, because someone else had a meltdown. Pictures of You starts from a similar situation--a day on which the unimaginable happens to two women and two families.
Pictures of You is a book that you (like author Beth Kephart) will read into the wee hours. Reviewers have almost universally praised Leveatt's use of language and her characterizations. Here are the opinions of two bloggers:
- Robby from Once Upon a Book calls the novel "fantastic, beautifully written, beautifully structured, unique and familiar and completely overwhelming. It wasn’t flawless, but it was pretty close to it."
- Julie from Booking Mama said that "the story was intriguing and yet heartbreaking, and I loved how complex each of these characters were."
To learn more about Caroline Leavitt and Pictures of You, see her playlist on Largehearted Boy, her blog, and her website. For an interview, check out Algonquin Books blog.
This book was spotlighted as part of both my Imprint Fridays feature and my Get to know Algonquin Books feature. For more information about the imprint, please read Executive Editor Chuck Adams's introductory letter, posted here on January 7, 2011.