Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: UP FROM THE BLUE by Susan Henderson

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by Susan Henderson

Pub. Date: September 21, 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback, 336pp
ISBN-13: 9780061984037
ISBN: 0061984035

“Elegant and engrossing….Henderson is a talent to watch.”
—Danielle Trussoni, author of Angelology

“This is not a book you’ll soon forget.”
—Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants

Description (from the publisher):
The gripping debut novel from founder and Pushcart Prize-nominee Susan Henderson, Up From the Blue is a dazzling tour de force that unfolds against the backdrop of 1970s America—a tumultuous era of desegregation, school busing, and the early rise of modern-day feminism. The story of an imaginative young girl struggling to make sense of her mother’s mysterious disappearance, Up From the Blue is enthralling fiction that delves into complex family relationships, in the vein of Jennifer McMahon, Katrina Kittle, and Laura Kasischke.

Tillie Harris's life is in disarray—her husband is away on business, the boxes in her new home aren't unpacked, and the telephone isn't even connected yet. Though she's not due for another month, sudden labor pains force Tillie to reach out to her estranged father for help, a choice that means facing the painful memories she's been running from since she was a little girl.

An extraordinary debut from a talented new voice, Up from the Blue untangles the year in Tillie's life that changed everything: 1975, the year her mother disappeared.

About the author (from the publisher):
Susan Henderson is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and the founder of the literary blog LitPark: Where Writers Come to Play ( Her work has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, the Pittsburgh Quarterly, North Atlantic Review, Opium, and many other publications. Henderson lives in New York, and Up from the Blue is her first novel.


bermudaonion said...

Boy, does that sound good!

Zibilee said...

This is one that I hope to read soon. So glad to hear that it's something that you are liking as well!

Christie (The Fiction Enthusiast) said...

Sounds like an emotional read. Nice pick!

Heather said...

New follower here, this book looks really interesting. Out of my usual genre... but I love following blogs that are... because I often don't buy books from other genres due to a complete lack of knowing how to weed out the good from the bad!

Here's my Wednesday Pick:

Lori said...

I hope that when you get your book, you enjoy it. Here is what I am Waiting On Wednesday for.

jlshall said...

Haven't heard of Susan Henderson (or any of the other authors mentioned). But her book sounds like a great read. I'm putting it on my list of interesting new finds (thanks!).

Here's my WOW pick.