Saturday, February 16, 2013

What is Katherine Howe reading?

The current featured contributor at Writers Read: Katherine Howe, author of The House of Velvet and Glass.

Her entry begins:
Maybe it's because so much of The House of Velvet and Glass concerns ocean-going, between scenes set on the last night of Titanic and one character's adventure set on a clipper ship bound for Shanghai, but lately I've been reading a lot of nonfiction books about sailing. I've been particularly drawn to A World of my Own, by Robin Knox-Johnston, a gripping memoir by the first man to circumnavigate the globe in a single-handed sailboat, and to The Long Way by Bernard Moitessier. Moitessier was competing against Knox-Johnston for the Golden Globe, one of two prizes offered by the Sunday Times in 1968: one for first solo circumnavigation in a sailboat, and another for fastest solo circumnavigation. Knox-Johnston...[read on]
About The House of Velvet and Glass, from the publisher:
Katherine Howe, author of the phenomenal New York Times bestseller The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, returns with an entrancing historical novel set in Boston in 1915, where a young woman stands on the cusp of a new century, torn between loss and love, driven to seek answers in the depths of a crystal ball.

Still reeling from the deaths of her mother and sister on the Titanic, Sibyl Allston is living a life of quiet desperation with her taciturn father and scandal-plagued brother in an elegant town house in Boston’s Back Bay. Trapped in a world over which she has no control, Sibyl flees for solace to the parlor of a table-turning medium.

But when her brother is suddenly kicked out of Harvard under mysterious circumstances and falls under the sway of a strange young woman, Sibyl turns for help to psychology professor Benton Derby, despite the unspoken tensions of their shared past. As Benton and Sibyl work together to solve a harrowing mystery, their long-simmering spark flares to life, and they realize that there may be something even more magical between them than a medium’s scrying glass.

From the opium dens of Boston’s Chinatown to the opulent salons of high society, from the back alleys of colonial Shanghai to the decks of the Titanic, The House of Velvet and Glass weaves together meticulous period detail, intoxicating romance, and a final shocking twist that will leave readers breathless.
Learn more about the book and author at Katherine Howe's website.

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--Marshal Zeringue