Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #154: The Spy by Paulo Coelho

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. 

Synopsis from the publisher's website:

In his new novel, Paulo Coelho, best-selling author of The Alchemist and Adultery, brings to life one of history’s most enigmatic women: Mata Hari. 


When Mata Hari arrived in Paris she was penniless.  Within months she was the most celebrated woman in the city. 

As a dancer, she shocked and delighted audiences; as a courtesan, she bewitched the era’s richest and most powerful men. 

But as paranoia consumed a country at war, Mata Hari’s lifestyle brought her under suspicion. In 1917, she was arrested in her hotel room on the Champs Elysees, and accused of espionage.

Told in Mata Hari’s voice through her final letter, The Spy is the unforgettable story of a woman who dared to defy convention and who paid the ultimate price.

Why am I waiting on this book? I've always thought that Mata Hari was an interesting person. I think she would make a fascinating subject for a book, especially the way Paulo Coelho puts it on his official website. "Mata Hari was one of our first feminists," Coelo said, "Defying male expectations of that time and choosing instead an independent, unconventional life." The author used files that had recently become available from MI5 to help craft his book. The book is due out November 15, 2016 from Penguin Random House.

What book are you waiting on this week? Share it or a link in the comments so we can check it out and maybe add it to our ever-growing TBR lists. Thanks for coming by!