26 June 2012

Today's Read: The Girl Below by Bianca Zander

What would it be like to return to your native country after being away for a decade? Here are Suki Piper's reactions:

That day was only my second in London, but already the optimism I had been fizzing with was beginning to seem false. On the long flight over from New Zealand, I had imagined a triumphant homecoming: streamers and banners above a red carpet the length of Kensington Park Road, or at least an easy transition back to my old life. I had been out of the country for ten years, living in Auckland for most of that time, but I had thought that the old life would be waiting for me, that if you were born in a place and had grown up there, you were one of its citizens and it would always take you back.

Other places maybe, but not London. (p. 2)
The Girl Below by Biana Zander (William Morrow, 2012)

Quick Facts
  • Setting: London, Greece, and New Zealand at different points in time
  • Circumstances: Suki returns to London to look for answers about her past, to discover the meaning behind vague memories she has from her childhood, to understand herself
  • Characters: Suki Piper and her friends and family from the past to the present
  • Themes: self-discovery, loss, family, childhood trauma
  • Genre: magical realism, psychological mystery, contemporary fiction


Paulita 6/26/12, 7:07 AM  

This sounds like a character I could relate to, plus I always love a trip to London. Hope you enjoy it. Here's Mine

Daryl 6/26/12, 7:36 AM  

Sounds interesting ... thanks!

Vanessa 6/26/12, 7:38 AM  

They say you can't go home again... I haven't seen this book before, but it sounds like something I'd enjoy. Thanks for sharing this teaser.

I hope you'll stop by Bookborne and check out my teaser!

Cathy De Los Santos 6/26/12, 7:51 AM  

Once you leave it's just never the same when you come back. People grow up and apart. Should be interesting to see what happens next, great pick. Here's my Teaser

bermudaonion 6/26/12, 9:08 AM  

Sounds like a winner to me!

Sandy Nawrot 6/26/12, 12:49 PM  

I've seen this one around, and I'm intrigued with the premise. Still on the fence...so much to read this summer!

Unknown 6/26/12, 1:00 PM  

Sounds like an intriguing read, great teaser!


Jenn's Bookshelves 6/26/12, 1:18 PM  

I just finished this one over the weekend. It's a really great read!

Harvee 6/26/12, 2:08 PM  

I am anxious to get to this book. The magical realism intrigues me!

Kaye 6/26/12, 2:17 PM  

This one sounds really interesting. love the cover!

Julie P. 6/26/12, 2:20 PM  

Forgot that I have this one and need to read it. Your feature reminded me why it sounded so good!

Heather 6/26/12, 2:49 PM  

What a great beginning! My teaser: The Lightning Thief

Carole 6/26/12, 4:59 PM  

Very interesting - especially since I live in Auckland but have also lived in the UK.

Have a great week.

Anonymous,  6/26/12, 9:32 PM  

This one sounds good, especially since it's got London!

Shelley Munro 6/27/12, 1:55 AM  

LOL I did this the other way around - from Auckland to London. I'd read this book for the setting alone since I love both places.

Kailana 6/28/12, 1:19 PM  

This sounds good!

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