- a weekly event, hosted by Breaking The Spine
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
Orleans is a recent find through Putnam's catalog over at Edelweiss.
The cover grabbed my attention first, but after reading the synopsis, this has been added to my list of must-reads.
First came the storms.Then came the Fever.And the Wall.After a string of devastating hurricanes and a severe outbreak of Delta Fever, the Gulf Coast has been quarantined. Years later, residents of the Outer States are under the assumption that life in the Delta is all but extinct… but in reality, a new primitive society has been born.
Fen de la Guerre is living with the O-Positive blood tribe in the Delta when they are ambushed. Left with her tribe leader’s newborn, Fen is determined to get the baby to a better life over the wall before her blood becomes tainted. Fen meets Daniel, a scientist from the Outer States who has snuck into the Delta illegally. Brought together by chance, kept together by danger, Fen and Daniel navigate the wasteland of Orleans. In the end, they are each other’s last hope for survival.
Sherri L. Smith delivers an expertly crafted story about a fierce heroine whose powerful voice and firm determination will stay with you long after you’ve turned the last page. March 7th, 2013 | Putnam
My second pick, Next Stop: An Autistic Son Grows Up, is not something that I would normally choose as a WoW. But I wanted to share it because it deals with an issue that's important to me.
I have a son who is severely autistic and living independently will never be an option for him. But my middle child with Aspergers will one day grow up and decide to move out and live alone. This terrifies me. I'm hoping that Finland's story will be encouraging and reassuring and that it will end with a happily-ever-after that will offer me a small amount of comfort.
“This is not a romance, or even just a heart-warmer. It's a real love story, frank and particular. If you don't like it, you don't like love.” —Roy Blount, Jr.The summer David Finland was twenty-one years old, he and his mother, Glen, navigated the Washington, D.C., metro trains every day. David has autism—and their hope was that if he could learn the train lines, maybe he could get a job, and then maybe he could move out on his own. And then maybe his parents' marriage could get the jump start it so desperately needed.Next Stop recounts the complex relationship between an autistic young man and his family—and offers a universal story of how our children grow up and how we learn to let go and reclaim our lives, no matter how hard. April 2, 2013 | Berkley Trade