Fiction

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Fiction from Ashe, Box, and Sigurdardóttir, plus Debuters de Silva and Kelly | Xpress Reviews

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Lovers of historical romance and mysteries will enjoy Ashe’s latest; more of Joe Pickett for Box fans; de SIlva’s debut features descriptive writing and excellent sense of place; a debut about the Houdinis; and a spooky, haunting thriller from Sigurdardóttir

The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel | LJ Review

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Like Martel’s celebrated Life of Pi, this new book investigates a world of tragedy linked with animals, but the context is completely different.

Speakers of the Dead by J. Aaron Sanders | LJ Review

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This elegant literary mystery from Sanders (English, Columbus State Univ.) makes a fine debut, bringing to vivid life one of America’s greatest poets and presenting a fresh perspective on a less-familiar period of U.S. history.

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick | LJ Review

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Tender, insightful, and surprising, this wonderful debut novel is a stunning addition to the popular genre of transformative stories of otherwise uneventful lives.

The Widow by Fiona Barton | LJ Review

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Barton’s first novel is one of suspense and intrigue that keeps the pages turning.

Fiction from Brady, Hamilton, and Jordan | Xpress Reviews

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Suggest Brady’s page-turning crime thriller to fans of Charles Finch and Anne Perry; Hamiton’s thriller is clever, timely, and definitely an attention grabber; Jordan conjures incredible sparks between our cautious couple and keeps the action flowing

The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer | LJ Review

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Hamer, a Rhys Davies Short Story Prize winner, is a natural storyteller who writes with such a sense of drama, compulsion, and sympathy that most readers will devour this work in one or two sittings.

Taylor Brown | Debut Spotlight, February 15, 2016

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In his just published debut novel, Fallen Land, Brown draws from the vivid landscape of the past to capture the harsh realities of the post–Civil War South.

The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee | LJ Review

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A completely engrossing work that should appeal to the widest range of readers, especially those with a taste for historical fiction.

Reintroductions: Five Sophomore Efforts | Wyatt’s World

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One of the thrills of discovering a debut author is the hope of having found a writer to follow for years to come. Here is an early season sample of second works already published or forthcoming in 2016.