Short Take: Nettle and Bone

When I got to the last page of Nettle and Bone, it was with a sigh of satisfaction of a story well-told and meticulously crafted. While many of the traditional high fantasy elements are there, princes and princesses, curses and godmothers, quests and goblin markets, each is subverted in the most delightful way. Marra is the third daughter of a tiny kingdom struggling to remain autonomous against more powerful neighbors to the south and north. Her mother has laid her political pieces carefully, using first one daughter, then the second to appease one potential foe to hold off the other. Marra is packed off to a convent to keep her out of the way, but also in reserve. However, when Marra discovers the terrible secret keeping her sister trapped in her marriage, she will grasp at any way to free her. Including seeking out a dust-wife with a demon chicken, braving the goblin market, and crafting a dog from bones.

 

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It's Almost Indie Bookstore Day!

Independent Bookstore Day is just about a week away and we can’t wait to celebrate it with all of you, our faithful and loyal customers! In our opinion there is no better place to while away an hour or two than browsing the shelves of your local independent. We know how fortunate we are to live in an area rich in thriving independent bookstores, which is directly related to the readers of this area choosing to shop with each of us. Your investment in supporting local bookstores has ensured our survival, even through the many challenges of the last few years. The last Saturday in April gives independent bookstore lovers an excuse (not that you need one) to explore more than just their local indie bookstore. And it gives us, the Seattle Independent Bookstore community, a chance to give all of you special little bookish delights to say thank you.

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April Events at Island Books

We are pleased to announce a small return to normality in not one, but two in-person events at Island Books!

On Tuesday April 19th at 6:30pm Island Books is welcoming author Lee Kravetz, in conversation with local author Joshua Mohr and our very own blogger emeritus Miriam Landis, to celebrate the publication of The Last Confessions of Sylvia P.  A historical fiction, based on real events, this novel imagines the inspiration behind Sylvia Plath’s penning of The Bell Jar.

Hailed as: “Bold, compelling, and gorgeously written, The Last Confessions of Sylvia P. is slightly reminiscent of AS Byatt’s Possession, but instead of a love story, this is a tale of rivalry and betrayal. A truly satisfying page-turner.“

— Karen Joy Fowler, Booker Prize Finalist for We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves and author of The Jane Austen Book Club

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