Fiction Previews, Feb. 2014, Pt. 2: Seven Novels by Best-Selling Authors from Jackie Collins to Matthew Quick

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Alcott, Kate. The Daring Ladies of Lowell. Doubleday. Feb. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9780385536493. $24.95. CD: Random Audio. HISTORICAL Following up The Dressmaker, which spent four weeks on the New York Times best sellers list in hardcover and has been visiting the extended list in paperback, Alcott tells the story of Alice Barrow, who leaves the […]

Fiction Previews, Feb. 2014, Pt. 2: Award-Worthy Literary Authors from Bich Minh Nguyen to Marcel Theroux

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Afrika, Tatamkhulu. Bitter Eden. Picador. Feb. 2014. 240p. ISBN 9781250043665. $25. LITERARY Born in Egypt in 1920 of an Arab father and a Turkish mother and raised by Christian foster parents in South Africa, Afrika served in the North African Campaign during World War II and was a prisoner of war for three years in […]

Fiction Previews, Feb. 2014, Pt. 1: Six Much-Buzzed Debuts

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Antopol, Molly. The UnAmericans. Norton. Feb. 2014. 256p. ISBN 9780393241136. $24.95. SHORT STORIES As suggested by the six-city tour, the reading group guide, and the extensive marketing campaign, this first collection by Stegner Fellow Antopol is much anticipated, and the foreign rights sales to six countries clinches the deal. Antopol’s scenarios range from a gallery […]

Fiction Previews, Jan. 2014, Pt. 5: Fantasy, Horror, & First Historicals

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Clines, Peter. Ex-Purgatory. Broadway Bks: Crown. Jan. 2014. 336p. ISBN 9780804136617. pap. $14. HORROR Clines collected a huge fan base with Ex-Heroes and Ex-Patriots, small-press publications that were subsequently reissued in a big way by Broadway. This original title features George Bailey, a handyman by day who has wild and mysterious dreams at night. Then […]

Fiction Previews, Jan. 2014, Pt. 4: 12 Crucial Titles, from Hot International Fiction (Drndic, Yu Hua) to Works by American Prize Winners (Greenway, Martin) to Upscale Thrillers (Billingham, Dolan)

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  Billingham, Mark. From the Dead. Atlantic Monthly. Jan. 2014. 416p. ISBN 9780802122131. $25. THRILLER A top-selling UK crime writer (and, surprisingly, a former stand-up comic who proved how funny he can still be at Grove Atlantic’s ALA dinner), Billingham is making a name for himself here—with the help of his publisher, which has signed […]

Fiction Previews, Jan. 2014, Pt. 3: Thrillers, Mysteries, & Other Dark Doings

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Adler-Olsen, Jussi. The Purity of Vengeance: A Department Q Novel. Dutton. Jan. 2014. 400p. ISBN 9780525954019. $26.95. CD: Penguin Audio. THRILLER New evidence has been unearthed in the case that eliminated Det. Carl Mørck’s two partners and sent Mørck himself to cold-case hell in Department Q, and soon he’s linking the long-ago disappearance of a […]

Fiction Previews, Jan. 2014, Pt. 2: 12 Outstanding New Voices To Consider

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Ball, Jesse. Silence Once Begun. Pantheon. Jan. 2014. 256p. ISBN 9780307908483. $23.95. LITERARY A cutting-edge novelist and poet—as the Daily Beast says, he’s “unafraid to muddy the waters with a willful experimentalism”—Paris Review Plimpton Prize winner Ball is here being positioned to break out with a first hardcover. The narrator, a journalist named Jesse Ball, […]

Fiction Previews, Dec. 2013, Pt. 2: Robards, Wagner, First Novelist Baxter, & More

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Andersen, Laura. The Boleyn Deceit. Ballantine. Dec. 2013. 400p. ISBN 9780345534118. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780345534125. HISTORICAL Andersen recently launched a Tudor trilogy with The Boleyn King, which imagines that Anne Boleyn gave birth to a lusty baby boy who would become king of England. Here, Henry IX, called William by intimates, has passed through […]

Fiction Previews, December 2013, Pt. 1: Big Commercial Fiction from Connelly to Weldon

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Connelly, Michael. The Gods of Guilt. Little, Brown. Dec. 2013. 416p. ISBN 9780316069519. $28. CD: Hachette Audio. THRILLER Defense attorney Mickey Haller is back with a new case—the murder of a prostitute whom he thought he had saved from a life on the streets. Now he learns that he may have instead endangered her and […]

Fiction Previews, Nov. 2013, Pt. 2: Top Commercial Fiction, Including Cornwell, Cussler, & McCall Smith

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Bruen, Ken. Purgatory. Mysterious Pr: Grove/Atlantic. Nov. 2013. 272p. ISBN 9780802126078. $24. CD: Highbridge Audio. MYSTERY Nine previous titles, a Shamus Award, multiple award nominations, two feature films, and now this: even as he struggles to maintain his hard-won stability, former cop Jack Taylor must face a vigilante killer wiping out the bad guys of […]

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