France Now & Then | Fiction Reviews, August 1, 2016

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A great tale of mystery, artistry, history, and a little romance from Juliet Blackwell with plenty of backstory and tidbits about Parisian life in the 19th century and a skillful debut from Laura Madeleine about a woman in a race against time to discover her grandfather’s past, set against the backdrop of France

Vacation Fiction | Fiction Reviews, August 1, 2016

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A delightful story that will be appreciated by most women, especially those of a certain age who don’t want to do anything, let alone grow old, gracefully and a secret-laden novel with a final twist that ties things up in a neat bow are two perfect summer beach reads

Fiction from Avit, Gregson, Hiaasen, London, Walker, plus Debuts and Mississippi Noir | Xpress Reviews

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Chabot’s debut is for teen, tween, and adult fans of futuristic YA adventure; Gregson’s multilayered story; Hatton has created an unforgettable debut; Hiaasen fans will not be disappointed; London graciously captures young love; Walker’s treatise on the nature of memory and trauma; alternative history, poetically written by Wolff

A Thriller with Heart: John Hart’s “Redemption Road”

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Perennially on the New York Times best sellers list and the only author to have won Edgars for two consecutive titles, Down River and The Last Child, John Hart returns this year with the already hailed Redemption Road.

Q&A: Rumaan Alam | Debut Spotlight, August 2016

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Alam’s first novel, Rich and Pretty, tells the compelling, multifaceted story of two women in their 30s who have been best friends since junior high school. Here, he discusses these distinct protagonists and how he was able to portray the intricacies of female ­friendships as a male author.

LJ Fiction Reviews: August 1, 2016

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Boyle and Koryta are at their very best; debuters Chang and Domet will drive demand; Wurster’s comic mystery is a delight; sports-themed romances from Angell, Bowen, & Phillips; plus, sf master Willis delivers a fun, near-future romp; and Roberson’s successful Firewalk will appeal to horror and urban fantasy fans alike

Fiction from Brafman, Gross, Ivey, Krueger, Rimington, Wiggs, and Debuter Paris | Xpress Reviews

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Brafman’s latest is too gloomy to appeal to adult romance fans; a first-rate tale from a real pro; Ivey’s second work is even better than her first; Krueger has written a suspenseful outdoors thriller; Paris makes her smash debut; Rimington’s latest is a rewarding portrayal of the intersection of conscience, service, and doom; Wigg’s title is a sweet yet dramatic and winding love story

Fiction: Brown, Danielewski, Edwards, Eggers, Fagan, McCall Smith, O’Farrell, & Steiner | Xpress Reviews

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Worth the wait from Brown; Part 3 of Danielewski’s tale is highly recommended; a debut with a strong sense of time and place; for fans of historical fiction and murder mysteries; Eggers’s latest is seamlessly written; Fagan has written a hopeful tale about human connections; a winning collection from McCall Smith; fine new offering from the gifted O’Farrell

Fiction by Stanišić, the Life of a Woman in the Selma March, and a Boatload of Debuts | Xpress Reviews

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Bennett is for discriminating readers, Lee’s first novel should further elevate her reputation, McInerney offers a fresh and surprising view of Cork’s underclasses, an impressive and well-executed debut, a complex, suspenseful entry in the Western noir, luminous yet precise language from Stanišić

Q&A: Camille Perri | Debut Spotlight, July 1, 2016

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Camille Perri’s lighthearted first novel speaks directly—and with a pointed dose of cheek—to the increasing student debt burden on millennials. Here the author discusses her writing process and her thoughts on the current economic and political climate.