Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #28 - The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna Van Praag

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

This week the book I am waiting to get my hands on is The House at the End of Hope Street by Menna Van Praag. It's due out in paperback March 25, 2014 from Penguin Books. There are a few things that appeal to me about this book. One is that it is supposed to have a sort of magical realism. Another is that the protagonist, Alba, is a book lover. And finally there are portraits of famous women on the walls, many of them literary figures, that speak to each other and to the people in the house. 


When Alba Ashby, the youngest Ph.D. student at Cambridge University, suffers the Worst Event of Her Life, she finds herself at the door of 11 Hope Street. There, a beautiful older woman named Peggy invites Alba to stay on the house’s unusual conditions: she’ll have ninety-nine nights, and no more, to turn her life around. Once inside, Alba discovers that 11 Hope Street is no ordinary house. Past residents include Virginia Woolf, Dorothy Parker, and Agatha Christie, who all stayed there at hopeless times in their lives and who still hang around—quite literally—in talking portraits on the walls. With their help Alba begins to piece her life back together and embarks on a journey that may save her life.

Filled with a colorful, unforgettable cast of literary figures, The House at the End of Hope Street is a wholly imaginative novel of feminine wisdom and second chances, with just the right dash of magic.

So, What book are you waiting on this week?