Waiting on Wednesday #4: In the Shadow of Blackbirds
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature created by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This is where you showcase an upcoming release you're anxiously awaiting!
This week, I'm waiting on:
In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
Expected Publication: April 2, 2013.
Publisher: Amulet Books.
Genre: Historical & Paranormal Fiction.
In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?
Featuring haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time.
Why I'm excited: Well, this is the second historical fiction novel in a row for WoW, so I clearly love the genre! Especially wartime novels; something about them really appeals to me. Might be the history student in me. The summary sounds intriguing, and hello: "Featuring... early-twentieth-century photographs"! How cool is that?