At left is the forthcoming US edition (Little, Brown, November) of Kathleen Kent's second novel, a prequel to her award-winning The Heretic's Daughter. The UK edition (Macmillan, January 2011) is at right. Isn't it interesting how the titles reflect the history of their country of publication?
"The Wolves of Andover" — as a New England native, I love that title — emphasizes the wilds of colonial Massachusetts and its dark past. "The Traitor's Wife" harks back to the English Civil War, whose legacy haunts one of the main characters. I have an ARC of the former and am eager to get to it. Thanks to my fellow HNR editor Gordon for telling me about the UK edition, as I wouldn't have known about it otherwise. The Traitor's Wife, of course, is the title of Susan Higginbotham's debut novel, so it makes sense the US publisher wouldn't want to reuse it.
The Booker Prize shortlist was announced today, and there are three historicals on it: Andrea Levy's The Long Song (19th-c Jamaica), Tom McCarthy's C (early 20th-c Europe), and Peter Carey's Parrot and Olivier in America (19th-c United States). What's not on it: David Mitchell's The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, which is a real shame. I say this without having read the others yet, but it was an amazing novel. My review from Booklist is the 4th down under Editorial Reviews on the Amazon page.
I'm so glad that Quercus (UK) will be publishing Lian Hearn's new novel, Blossoms and Shadows, a historical epic set in 19th-c Japan. Details from The Bookseller. After being enthralled by her Otori trilogy set in a quasi-feudal Japan, as well as the prequel and sequel, I was going to acquire this novel anyway, even if I had to pay postage from Australia to do it. Now I won't have to, although I will have to be a little patient. Publication in the UK is next May, but for those in Australia, the release date is October 1st. The Australian cover is at left ($34.99, from Hachette Australia).
And for a little BSP: thanks to readers' advisory experts Rebecca and Karen at Shelf Renewal for choosing this site as their "web crush of the week" for 8/27, to Becky at RA For All for highlighting it last week, and to Amy from Passages to the Past for nominating it as September's Historical Blog of the Month at Nan Hawthorne's Historical Blogs: Fiction & Fact. I appreciate it!