Hey everyone! I received my May Moth Box in the mail, and wanted to do a review for you guys. So, if you guys haven’t heard of Moth Box yet, you should definitely check it out. It’s a bookish subscription box that was created by Mercedes from MercysBookishMusings on YouTube. This is about to become a monthly subscription service. Every month, there’s either a novel box, in which you receive two novels, or a short story box, in which you receive to short story collection. All the books in the box are from indie publishers. You can check out the website here! This review is not sponsored, this is the third Moth Box I’ve bought, and I’ve loved the way the books in each of them have sounded. I haven’t managed to read them yet, but I’m super excited to get to them! Anyway, let’s get into the review of this box!
So, this is what the box looks like when you first open it. You’ll see a card that’s gorgeously done, with the Moth Box logo on it. This particular card indicates that it’s the novel edition. On the back of the card, Mercedes gives you a little description of what you can expect from these books, and how they’re related. There’s really no spoilers here, so don’t worry. The descriptions all sound so amazing. I absolutely love Mercedes’ taste in books. If you’re looking for interesting books that you won’t have heard of before, and you want to support some independent publishers, this is the perfect subscription box for you!
Under all that stuffing, the books come individually wrapped to further enhance the surprise of the books you’re getting. I love the fact that Mercedes does this. With each book, you also get a beautiful bookmark with the Moth Box logo on it, and a quote from the novel on the back. Here’s what this month’s books look like. I love this colour blue. Next comes the fun part! Unwrapping the books. So, this month’s books are: Star-Shot by Mary-Ann Constantine, which is published by Seren Press and Ties by Domenico Starnone, which is published by Europa Editions. Well, now that you know what the books are, if you’re interested in the quotes on the back of the bookmarks, here is the quote for Star-Shot.
“Inside the glass case, glass creatures, her creatures, a million times magnified, exquisite, strange and so familiar she cannot help the tears in her eyes.” — Star-Shot by Mary-Ann Constantine
And here is the quote for Ties.
“In case it slipped your mind, dear sir, let me remind you: I am your wife. I know that this once pleased you and that now, suddenly, it chafes.” — Ties by Domenico Starnone
I think I’m most intrigued by Star-Shot, so I think I’ll start with that one, once I finish the books I’m reading. Overall, I’m extremely pleased and excited by the choices Mercedes made for this month’s box. If you also enjoy short story collections, you should check out the short story edition of Moth Box. I think the next one will be available on June 1st. I will be posting individual reviews of these books as soon as I’ve finished reading them! Now, if you’re interested in a bit of a description of both of these books, I’ve put that below! Like I said before, these books sound absolutely amazing.
Ties by Domenico Starnone
Published by Europa Editions on March 7, 2017
Translated from the Italian by Jhumpa Lahiri
Genres: Fiction, Italian Literature
Format: Print, Paperback
Luminously translated by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri, Ties is the searing new novel by bestselling Italian novelist Domenico Starnone.
Ties is the story of a marriage. Like many marriages, this one has been subject to strain, to attrition, to the burden of routine. Yet it has survived intact. Or so things appear. The rupture in Vanda and Aldo’s marriage lies years in the past, but if one looks closely enough, the fissures and fault lines are evident. Their marriage is a cracked vase that may shatter at the slightest touch. Or perhaps it has already shattered, and nobody is willing to acknowledge the fact.
Domenico Starnone’s thirteenth work of fiction is a powerful short novel about relationships, family, love, and the ineluctable consequences of one’s actions. Known as a consummate stylist and beloved as a talented storyteller, Domenico Starnone is the winner of Italy’s most prestigious literary award The Strega.
Star-Shot by Mary-Ann Constantine
Published by Seren Books on October 15, 2015
Genres: Fiction, Mystery
Format: Print, Paperback
Part fable, part mystery, Star-Shot is a stylish debut novel set in and around Cardiff’s National Museum in a time that is almost, but not quite, our own. As their paths cross in a circumscribed world of benches, parks and galleries, a handful of characters reveal their stories of obsession, loss and recovery, creating a fragile network of relationships which will help to resist the inexorable channels of silence eating into the city.
A brittle young woman sits on a bench in Gorsedd park, conscious of the powerful building behind her; a tall man carries a box full of a strange organic substance up the entrance steps; a young father explains the formation of stars to his tiny son. As university researchers try to map and understand the destructive silence snaking around them, it becomes clear that the linked lives of these and other marginal characters offer ways of countering its effects. Poignant and humorous, Star-Shot is an exploration of how objects and images can focus our grief and desire; it is also a meditation on the regenerative power of garden ponds, and the cosmic significance of frogs.
Beautifully illustrated with woodcut-style motifs by Clive Hicks-Jenkins, this is a subtle urban novel with a supernatural twist.
Anyway, that’s all for my review of this month’s Moth Box. Let me know if you’re interested in purchasing Moth Boxes in future, and if you’ve heard of the books for this month!