Waiting on Wednesday

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Here's my pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection:

Solar by Ian McEwan
Release date: March 30, 2010

From bn.com:
Michael Beard is a Nobel prize–winning physicist whose best work is behind him. Trading on his reputation, he speaks for enormous fees, lends his name to the letterheads of renowned scientific institutions, and half-heartedly heads a government-backed initiative tackling global warming. While he coasts along in his professional life, Michael’s personal life is another matter entirely. His fifth marriage is crumbling under the weight of his infidelities. But this time the tables are turned: His wife is having an affair, and Michael realizes he is still in love with her.

When Michael’s personal and professional lives begin to intersect in unexpected ways, an opportunity presents itself in the guise of an invitation to travel to New Mexico. Here is a chance for him to extricate himself from his marital problems, reinvigorate his career, and very possibly save the world from environmental disaster. Can a man who has made a mess of his life clean up the messes of humanity?

A complex novel that brilliantly traces the arc of one man’s ambitions and self-deceptions, Solar is a startling, witty, and stylish new work from one of the world’s great writers.


Stephanie aka The Stark Raving Bibliophile said...

This looks terrific! Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

Mary said...

I'll be watching for reviews. Good pick!

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I can't believe I've never read him. I started Atonement and didn't really get into it. I've good things about Saturday but this one sounds really intriguing. You always have the greatest picks.

and I always think about you when i walk by the Jodie Sweetin memoir at my store.



McEwan was one of my favourite contemporary British authors for a while so I read several of his works. But I must confess I was a bit disappointed by his latest books. Tha last one I read was SATURDAY and I didn't like it very much, so I didn't want to read his following publication ( I can't even remember the title). Let's hope this new one goes back to his initial standards!
I loved his ATONEMENT, quite a complex but beautiful novel,and found his BLACK DOGS quite interesting. Among the others I read I didn't mind "Enduring Love" but just didn't mind it.
Waiting for your review of SOLAR, then, to decide about ...to read or not to read the latest McEwan.
Have a nice reading time! MG

nomadreader said...

I was thrilled to get a review copy of this one, and I cannot wait to dig in!

Jenny said...

Stephanie and Mary -- hopefully I'll get to read it soon and review it!

Michelle -- I liked Atonement (except for Part 2) but that's all I've read by him! And awww about the unsweetined comment, lol! I loved that book, heheh

Maria -- thanks! I actually have only read Atonement, but I really enjoyed it!

nomadreader -- awesome!! Can't wait to see the review!

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