I gave birth to a baby girl a little over a month ago. And the past thirty days have mostly been a fog. In fact, if I hadn't been keeping a journal, I'm not sure I would remember much of what had gone on! But now that I've had some sleep and have somewhat of a grip on what I'm doing as a mom, I want to start reading again. Because I know how important is to make sure I take time for me. So when I'm able to steal away a few moments, there are several books that have recently caught my eye. And although I may not be able to get to them for a while, as soon as I have time, I plan to jump right in. And because I'm from Washington State, I've chosen three books that all take place there.
First on my list is The Violets of March by Sarah Jio. I was lucky enough to get an advance reader's copy of this debut novel coming out in August of 2011. It's the story of Emily Wilson, a bestselling author whose married to a husband plucked from the pages of GQ and seems to be set for happily ever after. Ten years later, the tide has turned on Emily's good fortune. And when her great-aunt Bee invites her to spend a month with her on Bainbridge Island in Washington State, she readily accepts. Researching her next book, Emily discovers a red velvet diary, dated 1943, whose contents reveal startling connections to her own life. And if the premise didn't already sound interesting, one of my favorite authors, Allison Winn Scotch blurbed, A book for anyone who has ever lost love or lost herself. A fresh, satisfying, resonant debut.