LJ Fiction Reviews: January 1, 2016

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Naughty fun from Jackson, Kent, Lauren, and Rock; Faye’s and Lowell’s Brontë-inspired fiction; world fiction roundup; graphic novels from DeConnick, Gaiman, Morrison; Sweazy’s Pick of the Month in mystery; Brodsky debuts The Immortals

Inspiring Ideas from Martha Stewart’s Wedding Magazine | RA Crossroads

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Nearly 30 years after Stewart’s first book on weddings wowed readers with its lavish content, a slimmed down, elegant but no less extravagant new title makes its appearance.

What Is the Greatest British Novel Ever Written? Hint: The Author Is a Woman

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A BBC Culture poll of 82 international book critics named George Eliot’s Middlemarch as the greatest British novel ever written. Women writers performed especially well, making up nearly 40% of the top 100 books.

Fiction from Baird & Costner, Rollins, Shaw, Zandri, plus a Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Baird and Costner launch an an adventurous series; debuter Hawdon presents a stirring finely observed tale; Rollins’s latest is a fabulous read, with danger and intrigue at every turn; Shaw’s series is thick in period detail like a cloud of patchouli

Mom’s Got a Secret | LJ Reviews

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What Was Mine is suspenseful domestic fiction at its best; readers who enjoy family dramas, romance, and have a sense of wanderlust will easily fall for Sheehan’s captivating read

Brian Panowich | Debut Spotlight, December 1, 2015

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LJ caught up with Brian Panowich, author of the debut novel, Bull ­Mountain, a sweeping tale of a long-standing feud between brothers in the Appalachians of northern Georgia.

Audiobooks from Glatt, Jackson, and Winterson | Xpress Reviews

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An engaging listen for fans of thoughtful literary fiction, an imperfect but still excellent coming-of-age novel appropriate for adults and older teens, a less coherent ensemble mars Winterson’s otherwise remarkable tale

Fiction from Buckley, Debuter Daniels, Jacobson, McDermid, and Pye | Xpress Reviews

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Buckley travels back in time to the 16th-century, Daniels’s debut is rooted in her personal experience as an Aboriginal woman in Canada, McDermid brings back Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, Pye combines cultural awakening and coming of age

E-Originals from Jamieson, Rose, and Rosso, plus a Holiday Tale from James | Xpress Reviews

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James offers a great escape from holiday madness and crowds, Jamieson turns erotic sex into healing love, Rose once again grips readers, Rosso fans will root for an innocent caught in a tangled web of violence

Unnamed Press: LJ Talks to Press Founders C.P. Heiser & Olivia Taylor Smith

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Unnamed Press recently spoke to LJ about how it came to be that the authors on its winter 2016 list are all women, and why that’s a welcome development.