Short Fiction for Fall: Key Collections from 18 Authors, Both Veteran and New


Barkan turns in a near-perfect debut collection; Bertin’s got a bristly imagination; Collins crosses racial, gender, and generational divides; Smith is original and always surprising; Pulitzer finalist Williams offers perfect little gems

World War II Secret Agents | RA Crossroads


Gross’s tense and harrowing story portrays how one extraordinarily brave soldier attempts the unthinkable, producing nail-biting suspense, a mournful ode to those who endured the camps, and an exploration of what constitutes a civil and spiritual life.

Fiction from Doughty, Grose, and Jagears | Xpress Reviews


Doughty takes a page from John le Carré, crafting a riveting, psychological, morally ambiguous tale; Grose’s latest is for yoga practitioners with a sense of humor and all who self-examine; evenhanded evangelical dialog will have readers wondering on which side of the moral issues they would land

Water Cooler RA 2.0 | Wyatt’s World


Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad is dominating the book conversation this week (and likely beyond), yet also making headlines at the moment are a wealth of other titles pertaining to the current cultural climate. Here are five to suggest, all fitting nicely into the present dialog.

Fiction from Fossum, McFadden, Mofina, Moore, O’Connell, and Debuter Stambach | Xpress Reviews


A new Sejer novel from Fossum; a window into the often very difficult lives of African Americans; Mofina’s latest Kate Page story is a perfect book to take to the beach; expect heavy demand for The Last Days of Night; O’Connell’s latest mystery is satisfyingly complex; Stambach successfully conjures the tone of a Russian novel

LJ Fiction Reviews: September 1, 2016


Immersive stories of healing & faith from Griep, Rubart, Stevenson; debuter Bennett is sophisticated & nuanced, Donoghue startlingly rewarding; short fiction for fall; Holm’s Red Right Hand is a real thrill ride

Fiction from Atir, Cobbs, Hannah, Scott, Stibbe, and Wolfe | Xpress Reviews


A rewarding read from Atir; another bout of Hamilton fever; Hannah reunites with her inner Christie; Scott fans will see double in this bizarre mashup; Stibbe’s coming-of-age story is guaranteed to amuse and delight; Wolfe’s dark Canadian import will ring the right note

Imagined Multiverses | Genre Spotlight: SF/Fantasy


Rather than base their work on the world as it is, speculative fiction authors are free to imagine any sort of society in our future.

Harry Potter: The Backlist | Wyatt’s World


Just as Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, with authors John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, has looked to stories past to create the latest entry in the series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, readers’ advisers can reach into the stacks and pull out plenty of Potter read-alikes to share.

Olympic Reading | Wyatt’s World


Starting August 5, media broadcasts turn their attention from the divisiveness of American politics to the united and global celebration of sport. There are plenty of titles to provide parallel reading. Here are five starting examples.