The first book she chose is called Of Bees and Mist and is written by Erick Setiawan.
From the book's website:
Erick Setiawan’s debut is an engrossing fable that chronicles three generations of women under one family tree over a period of thirty years—their galvanic love and passion, their shifting alliances, their superstitions and complex domestic politics—and places them in a mythical town where spirits and spells, witchcraft and demons, and prophets and clairvoyance are an everyday reality. An astonishing debut, Of Bees and Mist is a richly atmospheric and tumultuous ride of hope and heartbreak that is altogether touching, truthful, and entirely memorable.
This book looks really good. You can read the first chapter here. I've only read the first page and I can tell I'm going to enjoy this book.
The second book I received is The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque by Jeffrey Ford.
From the publisher's website:
A mysterious and richly evocative novel, The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque tells the story of portraitist Piero Piambo, who is offered a commission unlike any other. The client is Mrs. Charbuque, a wealthy and elusive woman who asks Piambo to paint her portrait, though with one bizarre twist: he may question her at length on any topic, but he may not, under any circumstances, see her. So begins an astonishing journey into Mrs. Charbuque's world and the world of 1893 New York society in this hypnotically compelling literary thriller.
This book, set in NYC, which for me is an added attraction, sounds deliciously mysterious and I can't wait to read it.
Once again, thank you to my LT Secret Santa for your brilliant book choices!