Today we wish a Happy #BookBday to two very different but well-reviewed books:
THE SPARK AND THE DRIVE by Wayne Harrison
Anne loved this “strikingly original” (Booklist) debut coming-of-age story about a young man torn between his loyalty to Nick, his auto mechanic boss and the woman he loves—Nick’s wife.
“Harrison’s debut novel crackles with life, immersing the reader in the world of muscle cars while weaving a complex narrative that oscillates between the familiar and the unusual. A smart, insightful read.” — Publishers Weekly
“Debut author Harrison mines his own background as an auto mechanic to deliver a gritty, authentic tale of a complicated marriage threatened by a first love. Harrison writes cleanly and vividly about the world of auto garages, producing an elegiac novel about working-class dreams dashed by reality, a Bruce Springsteen song set to prose.” — Library Journal
THE HOUSE OF SMALL SHADOWS by Adam Nevill
If the creepy cover hasn’t totally given it away, THE HOUSE OF SMALL SHADOWS is a horror story about a young woman with past psychological issues who is hired to catalog a cache of antique dolls and puppets belonging to a wildly eccentric late millionaire in the English countryside. It’s received two starred reviews, including this full-page rave in the current issue of Booklist (7/14/14)!
“Unease escalates to stark terror in Nevill’s intricately plotted, character-driven shadow show of numinous ritual and madness. Nevill strengthens traditional gothic atmosphere and the haunted house motif with probing literary sensibility, eschewing simplistic scares for awe and lingering ambiguity. This emotionally intense, intellectually challenging supernatural novel explores secret geographies of conscience while raising hackles, and is addictively readable.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review