Last Book I Loved

Started this one of Friday and finished by Saturday night. Could.Not.Put.It.Down.

If you like Megan Abbott, Laura Kasischke, or the 2011 movie Sleeping Beauty starring Emily Browning, then this is a must-read.

IN THE RED by Elana Mauli Shapiro/September 16/ Little Brown

When Irina–Romanian by birth but brought up by American parents who have never understood her-arrives at college she quickly abandons ordinary student life for an affair with an older, mysterious Romanian man named Andrei.

Andrei awakens a powerful sensuality in Irina. And he has money – lots of it. For the first time, Irina feels free. But the longer she stays with Andrei, the more she is certain that she can’t leave, and that may be complicit in Andrei’s work – whatever that “work” might be. Then an unexpected friendship with a young Russian bride opens the door to escape, and also revenge.

A tantalizing, edgy exploration of women and love, power and money-interwoven with potent, unusual, and nervy Romanian fairy tales-In the Red asks what the legacy of love is, and who will be left unscathed. 


What I’m Reading Now

Just finished this one and LOVED it. Favorite book of the summer.


The Price of Inheritance by Karin Tanabe

After eight years in the American Furniture department at  Christie’s, twenty-nine-year-old Carolyn Everett is a rising star.  But one wrong decision and a scandal leaves her unemployed  and broken. Desperate to piece her life back together, Carolyn  leaves New York City to work in a tiny antique store in Newport,  Rhode Island.

One day at a small county auction, she discovers a piece of  Middle Eastern pottery, which she purchases for twenty dollars  on a hunch. Curiosity sends her on a mission to find its original  owner, and she eventually winds up in the town’s United States  Navy Base—and in a relationship with notorious womanizer  Marine Sergeant Tyler Ford, who claims the relic came to him as  a gift from his translator during the early days of the Iraq War. From two different worlds, Tyler and Carolyn become obsessed with the mysterious relic—and each other—until the origin of the art comes under intense scrutiny and reveals a darker side of Tyler’s past. Carolyn still feels like there’s more to the story, but can she risk attaching herself to another scandal—and does she truly know the man she’s fallen in love with?

The Price of Inheritance is a rare find of a novel. Engaging, suspenseful, and full of intrigue, it delves into the elite world of big bucks deals and dangerous black market promises, where one woman must decide whether she’s willing to gamble her greatest asset—her heart.

 Washington Square Press/August 5