Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction Reviews

OrangeReviewStar Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction ReviewsBertino, Marie-Helene. 2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas. Crown. Aug. 2014. 272p. ISBN 9780804140232. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780804140249. F

2a.m072414 Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction ReviewsAlmost ten years old, Madeleine Altimari is a self-described “poor motherless girl in old stockings.” Often hungry but pragmatically compensating for her grieving father’s neglect, she’s a mouthy old soul who doesn’t play nice with others. What Madeleine does do is live and breathe jazz. On Christmas Eve, she is determined, at all costs, to sing at a run-down Philadelphia jazz bar called the Cat’s Pajamas. Her teacher Sarina Greene whose love for an old flame is unrequited (or so she thinks) is also drawn to the Cat’s Pajamas. Lorca, the bar’s owner, has just been informed that his bar will be shut down unless he comes up with an impossible sum of money to cover his countless citations and bring the place up to code. That these threads converge is a given. The surprise is in the purely original construction of an irresistible story that takes place in just 24 hours. VERDICT By the fourth sentence of the first page, readers will fall in love with debut author Bertino; delighted adoration of Madeleine will take another half page. This assured, moving, brilliantly funny tale of music, mourning, and off-kilter romance entrances with its extraordinarily inventive language. Be prepared for a quick reread of this novel to try to answer the question: How did Bertino do that? [See Prepub Alert, 2/3/14.]—Beth Andersen, ­formerly with Ann Arbor Dist. Lib., MI

OrangeReviewStar Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction ReviewsHurwitz, Gregg. Don’t Look Back. St. Martin’s. Aug. 2014. 400p. ISBN 9780312626839. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780312626839. F

dontlookback072414 Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction ReviewsEve Hardaway planned the perfect vacation to celebrate her tenth wedding anniversary—a full week in the jungles of Oaxaca, Mexico. Sadly, her husband Rick also had a big surprise, but it didn’t include her. With her estranged spouse now living with his new girlfriend, Eve decides to keep the reservations and travel to Mexico alone. After all, what could be a better “new start” than a jungle adventure? Arriving in Oaxaca, Eve discovers evidence of a hasty retreat by the former occupant of her hut. Clothes apparently ripped from closet hangers, a full prescription bottle, and a digital camera are still in the room. What she sees on the camera leads her to investigate a mysterious stranger who proves more sinister than Eve could ever have imagined. What should have been the trip of a lifetime turns into a deadly fight for survival, and one that will change her life forever. VERDICT Hurwitz (The Survivor) has crafted another satisfying thriller that will keep readers turning the pages to find out what happens next. A taut, smart, suspense-filled ride to satisfy the most discerning of thrill seekers. [See Prepub Alert, 2/10/14.]—Cynthia Price, Francis Marion Univ. Lib., Florence, SC

OrangeReviewStar Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction ReviewsMcNeal, Laura Lane. Dollbaby. Pamela Dorman: Viking. Jul. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9780670014736. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101614716. F

dollbaby072414 Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction ReviewsIbby Bell is dumped by her mother on her grandmother’s doorstep, holding an urn with the ashes of her recently deceased father. The naïve, spirited teenager arrives in New Orleans in the midst of the racial turmoil of the 1960s. Her eccentric, wealthy grandmother Fannie’s house holds myriad secrets: locked rooms, asylum visits, racial tension, and dark truths. The saving graces in Ibby’s new life are the blooming friendships she finds with Fannie’s cook Queenie and her daughter, nicknamed Dollbaby, who help her navigate Southern life and show her the true meaning of family. VERDICT Bursting with believable conflict and lovable characters, along with a lush and evocative portrait of the Crescent City during the civil rights era, this debut novel marks the arrival of an original and assured writer. Fans of Pat Conroy and Sue Monk Kidd will enjoy this new Southern talent. [See  “Books for the Masses,” Editors’ Picks, LJ 7/14, p. 28; July LibraryReads pick.—Ed.]—Julia M. Reffner, Fairport, NY

Debut Fiction 7/14

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Anderson, Lin. The Case of the Black Pearl. Severn House
Berger, Sande Boritz. The Sweetness. She Writes Pr.
OrangeReviewStar Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction ReviewsBertino, Marie-Helene. 2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas. Crown
OrangeReviewStar Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction ReviewsBörjlind, Cilla & Rolf Börjlind. Spring Tide. Hesperus
Bray, Carys. A Song for Issy Bradley. Ballantine
OrangeReviewStar Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction ReviewsCantero, Edgar. The Supernatural Enhancements. Doubleday
Creech, Sarah. Season of the Dragonflies. Morrow
Elliot, Camille. Prelude for a Lord. Zondervan
Geary, Valerie. Crooked River. Morrow
Grannec, Yannick. Goddess of Small Victories. Other
OrangeReviewStar Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction ReviewsGranville, Eliza. Gretel and the Dark. Riverhead
Harrison, Wayne. The Spark and the Drive. St. Martin’s
Keeley, D.A. Bitter Crossing. Midnight Ink
Keller, Jon. Of Sea and Cloud. Tyrus
OrangeReviewStar Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction ReviewsKent, Lavinia. Mastering the Marquess. Loveswept: Random
Lepucki, Edan. California. Little, Brown
McAndrews, Jennifer. Ill-Gotten Panes. Berkley Prime Crime
OrangeReviewStar Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction ReviewsMcNeal, Laura Lane. Dollbaby. Pamela Dorman: Viking
Magee, Audrey. The Undertaking. Grove
Malik, Tania. Three Bargains. Norton
OrangeReviewStar Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction ReviewsMezrich, Ben. Seven Wonders. Running Pr.
Nelson, J.C. Free Agent. Ace
Patel, Carrie. The Buried Life. Angry Robot
OrangeReviewStar Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction ReviewsRader-Day, Lori. The Black Hour. Seventh St: Prometheus
OrangeReviewStar Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction ReviewsRow, Jess. Your Face in Mine. Riverhead
OrangeReviewStar Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction ReviewsSchultz, Jamie. Premonitions. Roc: NAL
OrangeReviewStar Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction ReviewsSerafim, Leta. The Devil Takes Half. Coffeetown
OrangeReviewStar Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction ReviewsSweterlitsch, Thomas. Tomorrow and Tomorrow. Putnam
OrangeReviewStar Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction ReviewsThomas, Sarah Loudin. Miracle in a Dry Season. Bethany House
Weaver, Rachel. Point of Direction. Ig
Yang Huang. Living Treasures. Harvard Square
Zupan, Kim. Ploughmen. Holt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chuck’s Edgy Fiction

Burnt Tongue. Medallion. Aug. 2014. 310p. ed. by Chuck Palahniuk & others. ISBN 9781605427348. pap. $14.95. F
In this collection of transgressive fiction selected by novelist Palahnuik (Doomed) from his fan website, a group of amateur authors and Palahnuik readers have submitted stories, which, according to the introduction, “run the gamut from horrific and fantastic to humorous and touching, but each leaves a lasting impression.” From teenage suicide to pranks gone horribly wrong, from the pain of purgatory to classroom shootings, this is definitely not for the faint of heart. The book’s introduction, which seems to serve as warning, is spot on; these curious stories will stay with you long after you read them. While many of the selections are humorous and fantastic, a few—one featuring bestiality and another with zombie rape in particular—could cause some issues in a more conservative readership. VERDICT Fans of transgressive fiction authors such as Palahnuik will enjoy this selection, but it is certainly not for everyone.—Brooke Bolton, North Manchester P.L., IN

Palahniuk, Chuck. Beautiful You. Doubleday. Oct. 2014. 240p. ISBN 9780385538039. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385538046. F

beautifulyou072414 Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction ReviewsThere’s a familiar plot for bad romance novels or romantic comedies. An awkward girl in the big city runs into a gentleman who’s way out of her league. The two meet and the man begins to remake the girl from an ugly duckling into the confident, vivacious woman she never knew she wanted to be. And then the guy uses the girl to test his new line of designer sex toys. Sex toys so perfectly calibrated that women will stop pursuing careers, raising families, or even eating, choosing instead to spend all their time chasing pleasure in darkened rooms. Using the language and tropes of poorly written romances, Palahniuk springboards into a female version of his seminal work Fight Club, exploring what modern consumerist society does to women by trying to manipulate and control their sexuality. VERDICT While writing female protagonists has never been Palahniuk’s strongest suit, his latest novel has a more powerful message and compelling hook than many of his recent efforts. Full of original imagery and sensibilities, this is sure to amuse and horrify even his most ardent fans. Casual readers will be hard pressed to find anything else like it on the shelf. Highly recommended for everyone except the prudish or readers of actual romance novels. [See Prepub Alert, 4/21/14.]—Peter ­Petruski, Cumberland Cty. Lib. Syst., Carlisle, PA

Spooky Literary Suspense

OrangeReviewStar Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction ReviewsCantero, Edgar. The Supernatural Enhancements. Doubleday. Aug. 2014. 368p. ISBN 9780385538152. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385538169. F

Cantero (cartoonist, El Jueves magazine) has written a spectacular debut novel. Taking the title from a phrase used in Edith Wharton’s classic ghost story “Afterward,” the author employs an original narrative method involving diary entries, transcriptions from both audio and video recordings, letters, security footage, and even advertisements to move the action along. The novel begins with twentysomething A. inheriting a mansion in Virginia from an unknown distant cousin. Accompanying A. is Niamh, a mute Irish teenager; together they investigate the odd nature of Axton House, the home of the Wells family for several generations, and the rumors that it is haunted and was the site of ghoulish meetings throughout the years. Letters written in code lead to hidden rooms and treasures. Once the duo discover a society that was run by the last Wells family member, the world as they know it begins to break down. Using sophisticated code-breaking techniques, they learn of quests that could prove the existence of ghosts and the super­natural. VERDICT Cantero’s fresh, original prose style and the steady flow of twists, turns, and code breaking will have mystery, thriller, and supernatural fans glued to their seats until they reach the electrifying conclusion. [See Prepub Alert, 2/24/14.]—Jason L. ­Steagall, Gateway Technical Coll., Elkhorn Lib., WI

Donohue, Keith. The Boy Who Drew Monsters. Picador. Oct. 2014. 272p. ISBN 9781250057150. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781250057167. F

theboywhodrewmonsters072414 Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction ReviewsJack Peter (JP) Keenan is a ten-year-old agoraphobic with Asperger’s who lives with his parents, Holly and Tim, in an isolated home on the coast of Maine. To mentally escape his self-imposed solitude—triggered by a near-drowning three years before—JP draws monsters. Among them: a wretched, haunting figure that prowls the sea; a pale, naked man who roams the snow; and a creature with smallpox scars and rotten teeth. JP shares his obsessive drawings with his best friend, Nick, and encourages him to draw some, too. Meanwhile, JP’s parents begin to experience troubling phenomena, including auditory hallucinations, visions, and debilitating headaches. It seems JP’s imagination has taken on a life of its own—and young Nick, JP’s only remaining friend, is unwittingly involved in it all. VERDICT Although the characters are too understated at times, the novel unfolds through rich prose and a deeply imagined story. The plot takes its time; it’s not one to rush through. The final page—the final sentence, really—comes as a clever surprise, but one that resonates soundly. Fans of Donohue’s acclaimed first novel, The Stolen Child, will be pleased. Also recommended for readers of Joe Hill. [See Prepub Alert, 4/14/14.]—Erin Kelly, Media, PA

Joyce, Graham. The Ghost in the Electric-Blue Suit. Doubleday. Aug. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9780385538633. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385538640. F

It’s 1976 and David Barwise has just joined the staff of a fading holiday resort on the coast of England. It’s a summer of discovery for David; some of his coworkers are involved heavily in the National Front (anti-immigrant) movement. He’s also caught in a romantic triangle with a damaged woman while ignoring the kinder, easier, and better match. And there are the ghosts of his deceased father and his three-year-old self to contend with—his father died years ago of an app­arent heart attack in the same coastal town where he now works. While Graham’s novel invites comparisons to ­Stephen King’s Joyland, it stands on its own literary merits. It’s luminously written, with just a few sparkles of the uncanny. A few Britishisms may throw American readers out of the story, but the well-developed plot and the likable characters will draw them back in. ­VERDICT Recommended for readers who enjoy their coming-of-age tales with a hint of dark fantasy. Older teens will also enjoy. This should be the book that brings to award-winning Joyce (Some Kind of Fairy Tale) the wider attention he deserves.—­Jennifer Mills, Shorewood-Troy Lib., IL

Super Spies

Cumming, Charles. A Colder War. St. Martin’s. Aug. 2014. 400p. ISBN 9781250020611. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250020604. F

acolderwar072414 Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction ReviewsCumming’s second Tom Kell thriller (after A Foreign Country) is a complicated puzzle of a book, in which colleagues might be enemies and lovers may be spies. Kell is called back into action by MI6 chief ­Amelia Levene to investigate a plane crash that killed MI6’s station head for Turkey. Wishing to redeem himself after he was made the fall guy for a mission gone wrong in Afghanistan, Kell is a complicated and all-too-human spy. He is sometimes resentful of his status as a disgraced agent, often distracted by his personal life, and liable to drink a little too much. The globe-trotting action takes us to London, Greece, Turkey, Croatia, and Ukraine, as Kell and his team follow bad hunches, good leads, and wily spies to unravel the mystery of the station head’s death and reveal the identity of the mole who sabotaged a number of covert operations. VERDICT This fast-paced thriller is full of twists, turns, and surprises. With well-developed, complex characters and plenty of details about spycraft, it’s a perfect summer read for fans of Stella Rimington and John le Carré. [See Prepub Alert, 2/24/14.]—Terry Lucas, Rogers Memorial Lib., Southampton, NY

de Villiers, Gérard. The Madmen of Benghazi. Vintage Crime/Black Lizard. Aug. 2014. 261p. tr. from French by William Rodarmor. ISBN 9780804169318. $14.95. F

The first SAS (Son Altesse Sérénissime) novel appeared in 1965. Hearing of the death of James Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming, in 1964, de Villiers’s editor told him, “You should take over.” De Villers did, writing 200 SAS novels before he died in 2013. This is the first published in English. The series titles all feature the same hero, Austrian nobleman Malko Linge, who subsidizes his sybaritic lifestyle by freelancing for the CIA. If this book is representative of the series, its strong reading for two reasons: de Villiers knows the world and the players he writes about, and he writes solid action and sex scenes. This installment takes place in Egypt and Libya prior to and following ­Muammar al Qaddafi’s death. The CIA wants to install a puppet king in Libya. Jihadists, “the madmen of Benghazi,” conspire to bring him down. Malko is caught in between with explosive results. The French literary establishment ignored de Villiers, but a former minister commented, “The French elite pretend not to read him, but they all do.” VERDICT If you like James Bond, you’ll like Malko Linge.—David Keymer, Modesto, CA

World War II’s Legacy

Berger, Sande Boritz. The Sweetness. She Writes Pr. Sept. 2014. 307p. ISBN 9781631529078. pap. $15.95. F

thesweetness072414 Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction ReviewsThe Kanes of Brooklyn lead an exceptionally comfortable life owing to the financial success of Charlie Kane’s clothing manufacturing business. While Charlie, along with a brother and two sisters, emigrated from Riga, Latvia, his parents and another brother remained in Vilna. Now, as the Nazis move into Lithuania, there is suddenly no news from the family. When Charlie learns of the massacre of the Jews in Vilna, he becomes overly protective of his American family, forcing his talented daughter, Mira, to work for him instead of finishing design school. What Charlie doesn’t know is that his niece, Rosha, is alive in Vilna; she was handed to a Catholic candlemaker as her family was being marched to their execution. As Berger’s novel moves back and forth from Vilna to Brooklyn, the focus is on Rosha and Mira as well as on Charlie’s sister ­Jeanette. All three attempt to make sense of a life that often makes no sense at all. ­VERDICT In this engaging debut, a semi­finalist for Amazon’s annual Breakthrough Novel Award, readers gain three different views of the effects of World War II on ordinary people.—Andrea Kempf, formerly with Johnson Cty. Community Coll. Lib., ­Overland Park, KS

Carroll, James. Warburg in Rome. Houghton Harcourt. Jul. 2014. 384p. ISBN 9780547738901. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780547738956. F

Former priest Carroll (An American Requiem) returns with this complex and compelling novel of the Vatican and morality during World War II. The happenings here are dark indeed, and it’s often difficult to believe that the novel is based on real-life events. Lawyer David Warburg comes to Rome to help set up and direct the new U.S. War Refugee Board, an effort that aims to help European Jews rebuild their lives as the war comes to a close. In the course of his humanitarian work, he meets Marguerite d’Erasmo, a Red Cross worker who is motivated by much more than meets the eye. Soon David learns of the Vatican ratline, a system that the Church used to smuggle Nazi war criminals to safety in Argentina. No longer sure whom to trust, he turns to U.S. Intelligence, only to find that the ratline isn’t much of a secret after all. VERDICT This is a fresh look at a scandalous chapter of history, and one that reminds us that even when the war was over, the horrors were not. Sensitive readers should beware, as there are some graphic and extremely unsettling scenes. This book deserves a wide readership, and should especially appeal to readers interested in political and religious history. [See Prepub Alert, 1/26/14; academic and library marketing.]—Liz ­Kirchhoff, Barrington Area Lib., IL

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Abdolah, Kader. The King. New Directions. Sept. 2014. 352p. tr. from Dutch by Nancy Forest-Flier. ISBN 9780811223737. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9780857862983. F

August, Noelle. Boomerang. Morrow. Jul. 2014. 336p. ISBN 9780062331069. pap. $13.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062331076. F

Beauman, Ned. Glow. Knopf. Jan. 2015. 256p. ISBN 9780385352604. $25.95. F

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Bray, Carys. A Song for Issy Bradley. Ballantine. Aug. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9780553390889. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780553390896. F

Cao, Lan. Lotus and the Storm. Viking. Aug. 2014. 400p. ISBN 9780670016921. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698147492. F

Connolly, John. The Wolf in Winter: A Charlie Parker Thriller. Emily Bestler: Atria. Oct. 2014. 416p. ISBN 9781476703183. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781476703206. F

Cook, Thomas H. A Dancer in the Dust. Mysterious: Grove Atlantic. Sept. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9780802122728. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780802192685. F

Cooney, Ellen. The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances. Houghton Harcourt. Aug. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9780544236158. $24; ebk. ISBN 9780544236158. F

Creech, Sarah. Season of the Dragonflies. Morrow. Aug. 2014. 336p. ISBN 9780062307521. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062307576. F

Dodd, Christina. Virtue Falls. St. Martin’s. Sept. 2014. 384p. ISBN 9781250028419. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250028433. F

OrangeReviewStar Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction ReviewsEnger, Lin. The High Divide. Algonquin. Sept. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9781616203757. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616204242. F

Flanagan, Richard. The Narrow Road to the Deep North. Knopf. Aug. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9780385352857. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780385352864. F

Gaffney, Elizabeth. When the World Was Young. Random. Aug. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9781400064687. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780812996012. F

Geary, Valerie. Crooked River. Morrow. Oct. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9780062326591. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062326614. F

Grannec, Yannick. Goddess of Small Victories. Other. Sept. 2014. 464p. tr. from French by Willard Wood. ISBN 9781590516362. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781590516379. F

Grant, Andrew. Run. Ballantine. Oct. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9780345540720. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780345540744. F

OrangeReviewStar Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction ReviewsGranville, Eliza. Gretel and the Dark. Riverhead. Oct. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9781594632556. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698145085. F

Harrison, Wayne. The Spark and the Drive. St. Martin’s. Jul. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9781250041241. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466837355. F

Hood, Ann. An Italian Wife. Norton. Sept. 2014. 272p. ISBN 9780393241662. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780393245769. F

Huston, Nancy. Black Dance. Black Cat: Grove Atlantic. Sept. 2014. 272p. ISBN 9780802122711. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780802192653. F

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Kehlmann, Daniel. F. Pantheon. Aug. 2014. 272p. tr. from German by Carol Brown Janeway. ISBN 9780307911810. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780804197830. F

Lalami, Laila. The Moor’s Account. Pantheon. Sept. 2014. 336p. ISBN 9780307911667. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780307911674. F

Lepucki, Edan. California. Little, Brown. Jul. 2014. 400p. ISBN 9780316250818. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316250825. F

McNamara, Ali. Step Back in Time. Sphere. Jul. 2014. 436p. ISBN 9780751550238. pap. $12.95. F

OrangeReviewStar Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction ReviewsMagee, Audrey. The Undertaking. Grove. Sept. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9780802122452. $24. F

Malik, Tania. Three Bargains. Norton. Aug. 2014. 400p. ISBN 9780393063400. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780393244229. F

Martin, Charles. A Life Intercepted. Center Street. Sept. 2014. 336p. ISBN 9781455554669. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781455554652. F

OrangeReviewStar Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction ReviewsMarwood, Alex. The Killer Next Door. Penguin. Oct. 2014. 387p. ISBN 9780143126690. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780698177826. F

OrangeReviewStar Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction ReviewsMezrich, Ben. Seven Wonders. Running Pr. Sept. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9780762453825. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780762453832. F

Roth, Joseph. The Hundred Days. New Directions. Oct. 2014. 224p. tr. from French by Richard Panchyk. ISBN 9780811222785. $22.95; ebk. ISBN 9780720614084. F

OrangeReviewStar Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction ReviewsRow, Jess. Your Face in Mine. Riverhead. Aug. 2014. 384p. ISBN 9781594488344. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698168817. F

Schumacher, Julie. Dear Committee Members. Doubleday. Aug. 2014. 208p. ISBN 9780385538138. $24; ebk. ISBN 9780385538145. F

OrangeReviewStar Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction ReviewsSmiley, Jane. Some Luck. Knopf. Oct. 2014. 416p. ISBN 9781594486005. $26.95. ebk. ISBN 9780385350396. F

OrangeReviewStar Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction ReviewsSteinke, Darcey. Sister Golden Hair. Tin House. Oct. 2014. 328p. ISBN 9781935639947. pap. $15.95. F

Sussman, Ellen. A Wedding in Provence. Ballantine. Jul. 2014. 288p. ISBN 9780345548955. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780345548962. F

OrangeReviewStar Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction ReviewsUmrigar, Thrity. The Story Hour. Harper. Aug. 2014. 336p. ISBN 9780062259301. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062259325. F

Waters, Sarah. The Paying Guests. Riverhead. Sept. 2014. 576p. ISBN 9781594633119. $28.95. F

Weaver, Rachel. Point of Direction. Ig. 2014. 232p. ISBN 9781935439912. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781935439936. F

Wiggs, Susan. The Beekeeper’s Ball. Mira: Harlequin. Jul. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9780778314486. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9781460330074. F

Yang Huang. Living Treasures. Harvard Square. Oct. 2014. 322p. ISBN 9780989596053. pap. $19.95. F

Zupan, Kim. Ploughmen. Holt. Oct. 2014. 272p. ISBN 9780805099515. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780805099522. F

Short Stories

Theroux, Paul. Mr. Bones: Twenty Stories. Houghton Harcourt. Sept. 2014. 368p. ISBN 9780544324022. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780544324039. F

Last-Minute Christian Fiction

Elliot, Camille. Prelude for a Lord. Zondervan. Aug. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9780310320357. pap. $12.99; ebk. ISBN 9780310412809. CF

OrangeReviewStar Lots of Debuts, Spies, Literary Suspense, & More | Fiction ReviewsThomas, Sarah Loudin. Miracle in a Dry Season. Bethany House. Aug. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9780764212253. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781441264114. CF

 

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