Archive for March 16, 2008

‘Burning’ for A Good Book?

March 16, 2008

burning-bright.jpg“A novel teeming with the complexities of life … Chevalier has a fine eye for detail and delightfully captures the sights, smells, and sounds of an earlier time.”
 That’s what the Chicago Sun-Times said about Burning Bright. They are not the only ones to heap praise on this new-in-paperback bestseller by Tracy Chevalier, author of “Girl With a Pearl Earring.”

Personally, I think this story looks even more fascinating than “Pearl.” It’s another historical tale, this one set in the waning days of eighteenth-century London. Poet, artist, and printer William Blake works in obscurity as England is rocked by the shock waves of the French Revolution. Next door, the Kellaway family has just moved in, and country boy Jem Kellaway strikes up a tentative friendship with street-savvy Maggie Butterfield. As their stories intertwine with Blake’s, the children navigate a confusing and exhilarating path to adolescence, and inspire the poet to create the work that enshrined his genius.

This photo was snapped at the old neighborhood bookstore just the other day. So if that description tempts you as much as it does me you know where to find a copy.