Chamberlain, Diane. The Silent Sister. St. Martin’s. Oct. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9781250010711. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250010728. CD: Macmillan Audio. CONTEMPORARY WOMEN’S
A longtime best-selling author who got even wider attention with last year’s Necessary Lies, Chamberlain returns with the story of a sister’s shocking discovery. Riley McPherson had always been told that her sister committed suicide, but when she cleans out her deceased father’s house, she discovers that Lisa is alive and hiding under an assumed identity. What dark events led to Riley’s having “a silent sister”? With a big publicity campaign.
Gloss, Molly. Falling from Horses. Houghton Harcourt. Oct. 2014. 336p. ISBN 9780544279292. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780544279896. HISTORICAL
Winner of the PEN Center West Fiction Prize and Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, among other honors, Gloss again vivifies her part of the country with the story of 19-year-old ranch hand Bud Frazer, who in 1938 leaves behind family sorrow and heads to Hollywood to become a stunt cowboy. Along the way, he meets a young woman who also dreams of conquering Hollywood, but as a writer. Gloss’s latest is nicely connected to her breakout The Hearts of Horses, with Bud the son of that book’s protagonists, and her research on old Westerns should make for an authentic read. With a 40,000-copy first printing.
McHugh, Gail. Amber to Ashes. Atria. Oct. 2014. 416p. ISBN 9781476766010. pap. $15. ROMANCE
Collide and Pulse have already made McHugh a New York Times best-selling author, and now she’s back with more. Orphaned Amber Moretti wants to forget her past and create a new life for herself when she enters college, but she’s totally upended by two guys she meets as soon as she arrives on campus: slickly appealing Brock Cunningham and bad-boy Ryder Ashcroft. Then an awful event changes them all.
Martin, George R.R. & others. The World of Ice and Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones. Bantam. Oct. 2014. 336p. ISBN 9780553805444. $50. FANTASY
No, not another Game of Thrones novel, but something just as juicy: a heavily illustrated, four-color guide (but classed as fiction) to the world of Martin’s famous creation, cowritten with the creators of the www.westeros.org site that ranges from prehistory to Robert’s Rebellion.
Pittard, Hannah. Reunion. Grand Central. Oct. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9781455553617. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781455553600. lib. ebk. ISBN 9781455530960. CD: Hachette Audio. LITERARY
The reunion Kate Pulaski is attending won’t be much fun; her estranged father has killed himself, and the entire family—siblings, half-siblings, and her father’s five former wives—are gathering in Atlanta to bid him a not always fond farewell. Lots of secrets come out, of course, including Kate’s. MacDowell Fellow Pittard’s first novel, The Fates Will Find Their Way, got markedly wide review attention, most of it positive.
St. Aubyn, Edward. On the Edge. Picador. Oct. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9781250046017. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781250046024. LITERARY
Readers who have fallen in love with St. Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose might be interested to know that the author has other things up his sleeve. This early novel, never before published here, features merchant-banker Peter Thorpe, so obsessed with wild woman Sabine—and so underwhelmed with his own life—that he throws aside everything to follow her to Northern California. But is the New Ageism he finds there what he really wanted?