“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, to spotlight upcoming releases that make me clap in bookish glee.
This week’s selection is:
Release date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Why? This influential poet and figure has been largely forgotten, or at least a mystery to many. This historical novel seems a perfect cure for that. (I also understand that this has already been optioned for movie rights.)
From the jacket:
One woman would catch his eye—a beautiful Haitian cabaret singer named Jeanne Duval. Their lives would remain forever intertwined thereafter, and their romance would inspire his most infamous poems—leading to the banning of his masterwork Les Fleurs du Mal and a scandalous public trial for obscenity.
Black Venus recreates the classic Parisian literary world in vivid detail, complete with not just an affecting portrait of the famous poet but also his often misunderstood, much-maligned muse.”