From the Review Pile is a meme hosted by Stepping Out of the Page every Thursday.
The aim of this meme is to showcase books that you’ve received for review (or if you don’t receive review books, any book that you own and really want to read/review) but haven’t yet got around to reading, in order to give the book some extra publicity.
I personally have a huge pile of books to read. Those for review, those from the library and those from requests, but I recently got this one from the publishers and it looks an exciting read. Hopefully I’ll be getting around to this one shortly. I love historical books and I think Florence Nightingale is a wonderful women, so this one looks to be an interesting read. I hope it fulfils the promises it seems to be making. Whilst I’m chatting, I might gush about how wonderful and artsy the cover looks. I think it’s very effective, although I’m unsure as to how it relates to the book. For now I’ll assume the key is in relation to the rooms, but I’ll be sure to find out soon!
The Twelve Rooms of the Nile by Enid Shomer
Expected publication: August 21st 2012 by Simon & Schuster
A captivating debut that imagines a passionate friendship between Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert, when they were young and exploring the Nile in 1850.
Before she became the nineteenth-century’s heroine, before he had written a word of Madame Bovary, Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert traveled up the Nile at the same time. In reality, they never met. But in award-winning author Enid Shomer’s The Twelve Rooms of the Nile, they ignite a friendship marked by intelligence, humor, and a ravishing tenderness that will alter both their destinies.
On the surface, Nightingale and Flaubert have little in common. She is a woman with radical ideas about society and God, naive in the ways of men. He is a notorious womanizer, involved with innumerable prostitutes. But both are at painful crossroads in their lives and burn with unfulfilled ambition. In Enid Shomer’s deft hands, the two unlikely soulmates come together to share their darkest torments and fervent hopes. Brimming with adventure and the sparkling sensibilities of the two travelers, this mesmerizing debut novel offers a luminous combination of gorgeous prose and wild imagination, all of it colored by the opulent tapestry of mid-nineteenth century Egypt.
What have you received/bought/borrowed this week?