In My Mailbox Feb. 9-14

For more information on In My Mailbox, go to The Story Siren. Like always, the summaries are from B&N.

The time is the Russian Revolution. The place is a country burdened with fear – the midnight knock at the door, the bread hidden against famine, the haunted eyes of the fleeing, the grublike fat of the appeasers and oppressors. In a bitter struggle of the individual against the collective, three people stand forth with the mark of the unconquered in their bearing: Kira, who wants to be a builder, and the two men who love her – Leo, an aristocrat, and Andrei, a Communist. In their tensely dramatic story, Ayn Rand shows what the theories of Communism mean in practice. We the Living is not a story of politics but of the men and women who have to struggle for existence behind the Red banners and slogans. It is a picture of what dictatorship – of any kind – does to human beings, what kind of men are able to survive, and which of them remain as the ultimate winners. What happens to the defiant ones? What happens to those who succumb? Who are the winners in this conflict? Against a vivid panorama of political revolution and personal revolt, Ayn Rand offers an answer that challenges the modern conscience.

Ireland 1984.

After Shell’s mother dies, her obsessively religious father descends into alcoholic mourning and Shell is left to care for her younger brother and sister. Her only release from the harshness of everyday life comes from her budding spiritual friendship with a naive young priest, and most importantly, her developing relationship with childhood friend, Declan, who is charming, eloquent, and persuasive. But when Declan suddenly leaves Ireland to seek his fortune in America, Shell finds herself pregnant and the center of a scandal that rocks the small community in which she lives, with repercussions across the whole country. The lives of those immediately around her will never be the same again.

I received We the Living from my sister (who realized she had  two copies), and A Pure Swift Cry from YA Books Central.

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7 Responses to In My Mailbox Feb. 9-14

  1. susan says:

    I read at YABC, too. A Pure Swift Cry sounds interesting.

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  2. i love the cover for a pure swift cry! beautiful! and i like your header too!

  3. I got distracted by your header, I’m trying to see if I can name all of the books in the picture!! So cool. The Swift Pure Cry has been on my TBR list for a long time. I will have to move it closer to the top. I was sorry to hear that the author died a couple of years ago. I also own The London Eye Mystery and look forward to reading that too.

  4. Nancy says:

    You had a good week. A Swift Pure Cry sounds amazing. I cannot wait to see what you think of it. And…yes your header is quite cool. I gotta check out the contest 🙂

  5. Jenny says:

    I look forward to your Siobhan Dowd review, I haven’t read that one!

  6. Erika Lynn says:

    the cover of A Pure Swift Cry is stunning

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