Saturday, May 18, 2013

Sisterhood of the Traveling Book is Proud to Announce New Author Member Sarah McCoy

               The Sisterhood of the Traveling Book is proud to announce that Sarah McCoy Author of  The Time It Snowed in Puerto Rico and The Baker's Daughter  has joined The Sisterhood of the Traveling Book  She has generously offered to donate her book  The Baker's Daughter to the us for review! 

              We would like to thank Sarah and Dee of Dee's Book Blog for helping to make this happen. 

     The Baker's Daughter released by Crown in 2012 and was praised as "a beautiful heart-breaking gem of a novel" by Tatiana de Rosnay and "a thoughtful reading experience indeed" by Chris Bohjalian. The Baker's Daughter is a Doubleday/Literary Guild Book Club selection. Sarah has taught writing at Old Dominion University and at the University of Texas at El Paso. The daughter of an army officer, her family was stationed in Germany during her childhood. She currently lives with her husband and dog, Gilbert, in El Paso, Texas, where she is working on her next novel.

Sarah's Upcoming Novel

  The daughter of a famous historical abolitionist who is rendered sterile and a modern couple struggling to conceive who find a mysterious relic in their renovated home that links the past to the present and helps them see that there has always been more than one way to have a family.

               The Baker's Daughter                                    

The Baker's Daughter

    In 1945, Elsie Schmidt was a naïve teenager, as eager for her first sip of champagne as she was for her first kiss. But in the waning days of the Nazi empire, with food scarce and fears of sedition mounting, even the private yearnings of teenage girls were subject to suspicion and suppression. Elsie’s courtship by Josef Hub, a rising star in the Army of the Third Reich, has insulated her and her family from the terror and desperation overtaking her country. So when an escaped Jewish boy arrives on Elsie’s doorstep in the dead of night on Christmas Eve, Elsie understands that opening the door puts all she loves in danger.


            Sixty years later, in El Paso, Texas, Reba Adams is trying to file a feel-good Christmas piece for the local magazine. Reba is a rolling stone, perpetually on the run from memories of a turbulent childhood, but she’s been in El Paso long enough to get a full-time job and a full-time fiancé, Riki Chavez. Riki, an agent with the U.S. Border Patrol, finds comfort in strict rules and regulations, whereas Reba knows that in every good story, lines will be blurred.

    Reba's latest assignment has brought her to the shop of an elderly baker across town. The interview should take a few hours at most, but the owner of Elsie's German Bakery is no easy subject. Elsie keeps turning the tables on Reba, and Reba finds herself returning to the bakery again and again, anxious to find the heart of the story. For Elsie, Reba's questions have been a stinging reminder of darker times: her life in Germany during that last bleak year of WWII. And as Elsie, Reba, and Riki's lives become more intertwined, all are forced to confront the uncomfortable truths of the past and seek out the courage to forgive 

Reading Group Guide The Baker's Daughter

The Baker's Daughter Excerpt from Crown



                Sisterhood Author Member Chris Bohjalian,

There is a reason we are drawn to such poignant and powerful novels as Tatiana de Rosnay’s Sarah’s Key and Jenna Blum’s Those Who Save Us. Sarah McCoy’s second novel, The Baker’s Daughter, certainly belongs beside them… she [McCoy] deftly explores how easy it is to allow first one’s integrity and then one’s humanity to slip away… a thoughtful reading experience.”

We would like to thank  Pam's Reviews   for the use of her review

The Baker's Daughter by Sarah McCoy
Pam's Rating: 5 of 5 stars

 This was so good!

The Baker's Daughter         This is, yet another, WWII story. This is NOT the usual WWII story. It is a story told from the perspective of a 'good' German family trying to live their lives according to the Nazi doctrine. They struggle with trying to scratch out a living as bakers and trying to keep their family safe.

Flash forward to current time in the US to a journalist in Texas who is going to do a story about a typical Christmas in WWII Germany. She is sent to interview the owner of the only German baker in El Paso. Yup, you guessed it, she interviews one of the daughters of our 'good' German family.

What you get here is not a typical story about a typical Christmas. This is a story that you will find yourself totally immersed in and the characters that you will love and hate.

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