Waiting on Wednesday 7/17/13

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

babayagaBabayaga by Toby Barlow
Expected publication: August 6th 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

By the author of Sharp Teeth, a novel of love, spies, and witches in 1950s Paris—and a cop turned into a flea…

Will is a young American ad executive in Paris. Except his agency is a front for the CIA. It’s 1959 and the Cold War is going strong. But Will doesn’t think he’s a warrior—he’s just a good-hearted Detroit ad guy who can’t seem to figure out Parisian girls.

Zoya is a beautiful young woman wandering les boulevards, sad-eyed, coming off a bad breakup. In fact, she impaled her ex on a spike. Zoya, it turns out, has been a beautiful young woman for hundreds of years; she and her far more traditionally witchy-looking companion, Elga, have been thriving unnoticed in the bloody froth of Europe’s wars.

Inspector Vidot is a hardworking Paris police detective who cherishes quiet nights at home. But when he follows a lead from a grisly murder to the abode of an ugly old woman, he finds himself turned into a flea.

Oliver is a patrician, fun-loving American who has come to Paris to start a literary journal with the help of friends in D.C. who ask a few favors in return. He’s in well over his head, but it’s nothing that a cocktail can’t fix. Right?

Add a few chance encounters, a chorus of some more angry witches, a strung-out jazzman or two, a weaponized LSD program, and a cache of rifles buried in the Bois de Bologne—and that’s a novel! But while Toby Barlow’s Babayaga may start as just a joyful romp though the City of Light, it quickly grows into a daring, moving exploration of love, mortality, and responsibility.

Witches? In Paris? Yes, please! I stumbled across this on a suggestion through another witchy book. I have a soft spot for witches, especially those witches who aren’t so goody-goody two shoes. Everybody needs a little wicked, am I right? Good witches are great but every once and a while I want to spice things up with a witchy character who’s not so afraid to zap a few people who deserve it. I’m hoping Babayaga will fit the bill.

Thank you for reading!

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About Patricia @ Lady with Books

I'm a 33 year old female. Brown hair. Blue eyes. I spend a great deal of my time surfing the internet and blogging. I enjoy cooking. I make a mean sautéed vegetable dish. I write. I read.

Posted on July 17, 2013, in book meme, books, Waiting on Wednesday, what I have my eye on and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Nice pick! Bad witches in 1950s Paris? Yes please. I enjoy a good witch book that isn’t traditional, too. Babayaga definitely sounds interesting with a wide cast of characters. Thanks for sharing!

    Raina @ The LUV”NV

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