Weina Dai Randel | Debut Spotlight, January 1, 2016

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The first in a duology coming out in March, The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel is a stunning debut for historical fiction fans, especially those fascinated by China’s glorious past.

Righting Past Wrongs: Alafair Burke’s The Ex

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In Burke’s 11th novel, Olivia Randall’s once great love, Jack Harris—whose heart she broke when they were young but old enough for her to carry the guilt all these years later—returns in the most unexpected way.

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