After finishing Sarah Addison Allen’s The Sugar Queen last week and reading Garden Spells last year, I’ve been very eager to see what the master of magical realism has in store next! I use BookMooch to manage my general “wishlist,” keeping track of all the fantastic novels I can’t wait to read (someday), so I innocently entered her little name in the database to see what else I could find.
Turns out Ms. Allen does have another novel up her sleeve — due out in March 2010. The title, you ask? Well . . .
That’s right — Festival Of The Naked Lady!
Okay, no — before you panic, this is merely the old, working title that was first released in pre-publication news, according to Allen’s official website. Amazon.com has a listing for the new novel up, and it’s most definitely called The Girl Who Chased The Moon. But for some reason, I can’t help but stare, slack-jawed, at the database return. And honestly, it makes me giggle a bit.
Here’s Amazon’s product description of the — ahem — real new novel:
In her latest enchanting novel, New York Times bestelling author Sarah Addison Allen invites you to a quirky little Southern town with more magic than a full Carolina moon. Here two very different women discover how to find their place in the world…no matter how out of place they feel.
Emily Benedict came to Mullaby, North Carolina, hoping to solve at least some of the riddles surrounding her mother’s life. For instance, why did Dulcie Shelby leave her hometown so suddenly? Why did she vow never to return? But the moment Emily enters the house where her mother grew up and meets the grandfather she never knew—a reclusive, real-life gentle giant—she realizes that mysteries aren’t solved in Mullaby, they’re a way of life.
Here are rooms where the wallpaper changes to suit your mood. Unexplained lights skip across the yard at midnight. And a neighbor bakes hope in the form of cakes.
Everyone in Mullaby adores Julia Winterson’s cakes. She offers them to satisfy the town’s sweet tooth and in the hope of bringing back the love she fears she’s lost forever. In Julia, Emily may have found a link to her mother’s past. But why is everyone trying to discourage Emily’s growing relationship with the handsome and mysterious son of Mullaby’s most prominent family? Emily came to Mullaby to get answers, but all she’s found so far are more questions.
Sounds awesome, right?
I’m pretty sure Festival Of The Naked Lady would be quite a different tale!