You discover your favourite author has a new book coming out. You're filled with excitement right? You immediately want to pre-order it and curse the number of days that stretch between you and what is sure to be your next obsession.
Combine that excitement with the thrill of getting to interview that author about their new book. Trust me, it pretty much looks a lot like this gif...
Just check out this Goodreads synopsis and tell me you don't immediately want to read this!
Kansas, 2065 Adri has been handpicked to live on Mars. But weeks before Launch, she discovers the journal of a girl who lived in her house over a hundred years ago, and is immediately drawn into the mystery surrounding her fate. While Adri knows she must focus on the mission ahead, she becomes captivated by a life that’s been lost in time…and how it might be inextricably tied to her own.Everything about this sounds incredible and I am sure it is going to be filled with the kind of beautiful writing Jodi Lynn Anderson is known for. I am especially excited for the cover to officially be revealed!
Oklahoma, 1934 Amidst the fear and uncertainty of the Dust Bowl, Catherine longs for the immortality promised by a professor at a traveling show called The Electric. But as her family’s situation becomes more dire -- and the suffocating dust threatens her sister’s life -- Catherine must find the courage to sacrifice everything she loves in order to save the one person she loves most.
England, 1919 In the recovery following World War One, Lenore tries to come to terms with her grief for her brother, a fallen British soldier, and plans to sail to America in pursuit of a childhood friend. But even if she makes it that far, will her friend be the person she remembers, and the one who can bring her back to herself?
While their stories spans thousands of miles and multiple generations, Lenore, Catherine, and Adri’s fates are entwined in ways both heartbreaking and hopeful.
As mentioned, Jodi has also kindly taken the time to answer a few questions about her book. The fact that I got to do this will never cease to amaze me.
1. Could you please provide a Twitter pitch for Midnight At The Electric (140 characters or less)? A mystery tracing 3 lives through 3 different time periods intertwined by electricity and a very old tortoise 2. If someone were to make a signature drink in honour of your book, what might be included? Whiskey, elderberry syrup, and club soda 3. If you could travel to anywhere, in any time period, when and where would you want travel? I’m into the Dark Ages right now and the imagery of that time -- the darkening of Rome, and how Christianity crept toward the Celts. Only I wouldn’t want to go as a person – more like, a cloud looking down on everything. I’d like to see it but would hate to be there because, you know, swords. 4. What 2017 release are you most anticipating? Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed. 5. One of the things we know about this novel is it features three different eras. What kind of research (if any) did you do for this novel as a result? I read quite a bit. Most notably The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan -- which is this gorgeous, yank-your-heart-out look at the people who lived through the Dust Bowl. Another standout was The Case for Mars by Robert Zubrin, which totally changed how I think about colonizing Mars (the book makes such a compelling case for it being realistic, and very much in our grasp). 6. Do you have a personal favourite out of the three eras included in the novel? The idea for the book began with the Dust Bowl -- with a picture in my head of Catherine Godspeed standing by a bare tree in her dusty yard, stripped of just about everything. That was the driving force behind the story for me – the optimism and the big mistakes and the fear and the stark, scary beauty of something so enormous as those storms. I think in a way it’s the lynchpin that pulls the other stories together. 7. If not too spoilery, can you share the first line of Midnight At The Electric? Does the epigraph count? Because I love it and I think it says a lot about the story. It’s from a Woody Guthrie song about the Dust Bowl: “Sweethearts sat in the dark, and sparked.”
I love the idea of three stories from various time periods being interconnected and I cannot wait to discover what their connection is. I anticipate that it'll tear my heart out like her previous books but make it thankful that it did.
Midnight At The Electric is scheduled for release on June 13, 2017! Just in time for my summer reading list and a blissful reading day at the park.
It is available for pre-order from your favourite retailer right now, and I highly recommend doing so.
Be sure to stop by tomorrow to find out the next book that made this year's list!