Sunday, August 10, 2014

Mailbox Monday for August 11

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia who now blogs at To Be Continued. It is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home on its blog. Link up to share your MM.

While vacationing in Wildwood, NJ last week and shopping at the local grocery store, I saw a pile of books on sale and, of course, I was drawn to look through them, while my hubby kindly reminded me I have more books at home that I know what to do with. But, oh! to resist buying a new book on vacation? I just couldn't, especially when I stumbled upon this one:

The Sun and Other Stars by Brigid Pasulka

In the seaside village of San Benedetto, a resort town on the Italian Riviera, twenty-two year- old Etto finds himself adrift. Within the past year, Etto has not only lost both his twin brother and his mother, but in his grief has become estranged from his father, the local butcher. While his father passes the time with the men of the town in the fine tradition of Italian men everywhere—a reverential obsession with soccer—Etto retreats ever further from his day-to-day life, seeking solace in the hills above the town.

But then a Ukrainian soccer star, the great Yuri Fil, sweeps into San Benedetto, taking refuge himself from an international scandal. Soon Yuri and his captivating tomboy sister Zhuki invite Etto into their world of sport, celebrity, loyalty, and humor. Under their influence, Etto begins to reconstruct his relationship with his father and, slowly, open himself back up to the world. Who knows: perhaps the game of soccer isn’t just a waste of time, and perhaps San Benedetto, his father, love, and life itself might have more to offer him than he ever believed possible.

The Sun and Other Stars is a gorgeous, celebratory tale about families, compromise, and community, and about how losses can be transformed into hope. Irresistible and unforgettable, it is a shimmering miracle of a book.

How could I pass up this one with such a good story line and setting? Besides I think the cover is gorgeous. Have any of you read it?


  1. I love your picture of the mailbox! I hope you enjoy your book.

    1. I know! European mailboxes are so unique. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  2. The cover is gorgeous and the book sounds perfect for you.

  3. I love your mailbox image too. The Sun and Other Stars looks like a great summer find. Have a great week.

  4. I love that cover! It's on my to-read list because it's Italy, but I still love the cover.

  5. Love your Italian mailbox.

    Love the book cover too. I am sure you have visited there. :) your blog. How can you keep up two of them, though?

    Have a great week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

    1. This blog is more my author site and I focus on all things Italian. It's challenging having two blogs but it's fun too.