This year we’ve been changing up BOOK CLUB. Gone are the rigid dates, where we announce books on the X Tuesday of the month, discuss them on the Y Tuesday, alternating whose blog the discussion happens on. Instead, Nicole and I will be co-hosting BOOK CLUBs as we find books that we are just dying to discuss with everyone. The next book in our semi-new format is going to be Lyndsay Faye’s Seven for a Secret. I’m excited, partially because I’ve already read it, and it is great, and also because the first book in the series made a great BOOK CLUB last year. Here is the publisher’s description of Seven for a Secret:
Six months after the formation of the NYPD, its most reluctant and talented officer, Timothy Wilde, thinks himself well versed in his city’s dark practice – until he learns of the gruesome underworld of lies and corruption ruled by the “blackbirders,” who snatch free Northerners of color from their homes, masquerade them as slaves, and sell them South to toil as plantation property.
The abolitionist Timothy is horrified by these traders in human flesh. But in 1846, slave catching isn’t just legal – it’s law enforcement.When the beautiful and terrified Lucy Adams staggers into Timothy’s office to report a robbery and is asked what was stolen, her reply is, “My family.”
Their search for her mixed-race sister and son will plunge Timothy and his feral brother, Valentine, into a world where police are complicit and politics savage, and corpses appear in the most shocking of places. Timothy finds himself caught between power and principles, desperate to protect his only brother and to unravel the puzzle before all he cares for is lost.
Part of the new book club will include reaching out to more readers. We are now giving away books with the understanding with publishers that there will be a readerly discussion. If you are a blogger and review the book, great! If you are not a blogger, but review the book on LibraryThing or GoodReads, or talk it up on Twitter, wonderful! All we really want, though, is for you to commit to come and discuss it with us.
We will be discussing Seven for a Secret on Nicole’s blog on Tuesday, October 1st (it will be out on September 17th, so even if you don’t win you can still go and pick up a copy and participate). If you would like to be entered to win one of our ten copies (US mailing addresses only, please), please fill out the form below by noon Eastern on Tuesday, September 3rd. Your address WILL be required to win (but will not be used by us for anything but getting your book to you) because we want to get these books to you with quick turn around.
As a note, you don’t have to have read Gods of Gotham to understand Seven for a Secret, but I would recommend starting at the beginning with this series.
Seven for a Secret will be available for sale on September 3rd, so even if you don’t win the book from us, we’d love for you to buy a copy or grab it from the library and join us to discuss it.