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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Exciting new Australian writer

The Library Journal hands out a rare accolade

At regular intervals The Library Journal previews books that are set to launch in the months to come, the highlight being "Barbara's Picks," a small selection of promising books that has been chosen by the editor, Barbara Hoffert.  To be featured on this is an impressive boost, especially for a debut novelist.

Here is what she has to say about this new Aussie on the scene:

stedman Barbaras Picks: August 2012, Pt. 4: Kitamura, Stedman, Grunwald, MartonStedman, ML. The Light Between Oceans. Scribner. Aug. 2012. NAp. ISBN 9781451681734. $25. HISTORICAL

After World War I, Tom Sherbourne takes a job as lighthouse keeper on isolated Janus Rock, off the coast of Australia, where the supply boat comes only four times a year. His spunky wife, Isabel, suffers two miscarriages and a still birth in three years, so it’s no surprise that when a boat washes up carrying a dead man and a live baby, Isabel persuades Tom not to report the incident and takes the baby as hers. That causes trouble, of course, when they eventually return to the mainland. Big in-house excitement for his first novel, which will be backed by NPR coverage and a reading group guide. Tops on my reading list.

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