Friday Finds: Of Bees and Mist

Friday Finds is hosted by Should Be Reading. Here’s my one find:

Of Bees and Mist by Erick Setiawan

Here’s the blurb from the publisher:

Of Bees and Mist is the tale of Meridia — raised in a sepulchral house where ghosts dwell in mirrors, she spends her childhood feeling neglected and invisible. Every evening her father vanishes inside a blue mist without so much as an explanation, and her mother spends her days venomously beheading cauliflowers in the kitchen. At sixteen, desperate to escape, Meridia marries a tenderhearted young man and moves into his seemingly warm and charming family home. Little does she suspect that his parents are harboring secrets of their own. There is a grave hidden in the garden. There are two sisters groomed from birth to despise each other. And there is Eva, the formidable matriarch whose grievances swarm the air like an army of bees. In this haunting story, Setiawan takes Meridia on a tumultuous ride of hope and heartbreak as she struggles to keep her young family together and discovers long-kept secrets about her own past as well as the shocking truths about her husband’s family.

Readers of magic-realist fiction will instantly be captivated by this richly evocative fairy tale. Of Bees and Mist takes place in a nameless town during a timeless era, where spirits and spells, witchcraft and demons, ghosts and clairvoyance — both real and imagined — are an everyday reality. Setiawan skillfully blends the real and the fantastical as he follows our heroine over a 30-year time span in which her love, courage, and sanity are tested to the limit.

I heard about this one from Shelf Awareness. I requested it so I hope I am lucky enough to get a copy.

On a personal note, today is my first furlough day so I am spending it at home with all of my books. I also have Monday off (also a furlough day) so this should be a great weekend for reading. What are you reading or looking forward to? I’m finishing up Bridge of Sighs and Fear the Worst and then I will be starting The Angel’s Game along with The Day the Falls Stood Still. I’m considering it a mini read-a-thon. Should be fun.

14 thoughts on “Friday Finds: Of Bees and Mist”

  1. I saw this on Shelf Awareness also and it looks good. I'm not off today or Monday, but my parents have the kids so it's just DH and I for the weekend. So I see the boat and books in my future!

  2. I, too, hope you get this book so you can let us know what you think.

    Three cheers for furloughs–you've got some great stuff lined up!

  3. Yeah..I figure that if I am going to be forced to take unpaid furloughs (because of the mess California is in), I can at least make the most out of it by enjoying the time off.

  4. I have this one, but haven't read it yet. I started to and put it aside. It was not because I didn't like it. I just got tied up with some school work at the time.
    I hope you get it.

  5. Imagine how great the first furlough day during the school year will feel! (Or maybe that's just me.)

    I am reading Nora Roberts's Black Hills, not usually a top pick author, but it's set in the Black Hills! I live there!

  6. Looks like a good one. I can't remember if I requested it or not. Beautiful cover.

    I hope you can enjoy the furlough even if forced.

  7. Hi Ti–
    First of all, your book find looks amazing and second of all, although I am sure the unpaid furlough days can pose a financial hardship I am still jealous of you! Oh to have that much time off to do as I want–which would be spending time with my books too!

  8. I'd like to read this one as well. I've got Fear the Worst coming up this week. I'm just going to start it. Looking forward to your thoughts on it.

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