We're excited to announce that we're now taking registrations for our next First Look Book Club Selection. Early reads of Erick Setiawan's Of Bees and Mist have drawn comparisons to Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and rightfully so! Setiawan's debut is magical in every sense of the word and it is the absolute perfect book to lead us (and the conversation!) into the ethereal world of summer.


Of Bees and Mist is the tale of Meridia-raised in a sepulchral house where ghosts dwell in mirrors, she spends her childhood feeling neglected and invisible. Every evening her father vanishes inside a blue mist without so much as an explanation, and her mother spends her days venomously beheading cauliflowers in the kitchen. At sixteen, desperate to escape, Meridia marries a tenderhearted young man and moves into his seemingly warm and charming family home. Little does she suspect that his parents are harboring secrets of their own. There is a grave hidden in the garden. There are two sisters groomed from birth to despise each other. And there is Eva, the formidable matriarch whose grievances swarm the air like an army of bees. In this haunting story, Setiawan takes Meridia on a tumultuous ride of hope and heartbreak as she struggles to keep her young family together and discovers long-kept secrets about her own past as well as the shocking truths about her husband's family.


Readers of magical-realist fiction will instantly be captivated by this richly evocative fairy tale. Of Bees and Mist takes place in a nameless town during a timeless era, where spirits and spells, witchcraft and demons, ghosts and clairvoyance-both real and imagined-are an everyday reality. Setiawan skillfully blends the real and the fantastical as he follows our heroine over a thirty year time span in which her love, courage, and sanity is tested to the limits.


Click Here to Register and to learn more about the First Look Book Club Program.

by Moderator Melissa_W on ‎04-30-2009 12:31 PM

I sent my message in!


I am very impressed already just by reading the synopsis.  I can't wait!

by Moderator dhaupt on ‎04-30-2009 12:48 PM

My message is in my out box, so all you have to do is read it and send me my book!!

This book looks like a home run and right up my alley.


by libralady on ‎04-30-2009 01:16 PM
This sounds like a real page turner.  I sent in my registration.  Now the wait begins!!  I am like a little kid waiting for Christmas to come! 
by on ‎04-30-2009 09:37 PM
I signed up, I hope I did in time.  This books sounds wonderful.
by debbook on ‎04-30-2009 10:32 PM
It looks good! I have high hopes. I love magical-realism
by babzilla41 on ‎05-06-2009 01:46 PM
A new genre for me. I don't usually reach for magical realism but sounds interesting.  Hope to have signed up in time.
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