Hood, Ann. An Italian Wife. Norton. Sept. 2014. 272p. ISBN 9780393241662. $25.95. LITERARY/HISTORICAL Winner of the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction and the Best American Spiritual Writing Award, among other honors, Hood seems primed to write a multigenerational saga with a quest at its heart. At the turn of the 20th century, Josephine Rimaldi […]
Ann Hood, Jonathan & Jesse Kellerman, Hilary Mantel, & More | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Sept. 2014, Pt. 3
You have not one but two big opportunities to meet and greet the LibraryReads folks at the Public Library Association conference upcoming in Indianapolis. On Wednesday, March 12, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., at Buca di Beppo (35 N Illinois Street), join them for a casual hangout and chat, with juicy meatballs promised. (Really!) For […]
Six Big-Name Thriller Authors, from Lee Child to James Grippando | Fiction Previews, Sept. 2014, Pt. 2
Brown, Sandra. Mean Streak. Grand Central. Sept. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9781455581122. $26. THRILLER With her husband slow to report her disappearance in the North Carolina wilderness (they’d been quarreling), pediatrician and marathon runner Emily Charbonneau wakes up the captive of a man who won’t reveal his name. But he could be her rescuer; there’s something […]
David Bezmozgis, David Cronenberg, James Ellroy, Sarah Waters | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Sept. 2014, Pt. 2
Bezmozgis, David. The Betrayers. Little, Brown. Sept. 2014. 240p. ISBN 9780316284332. $26. LITERARY A New Yorker 20 Under 40 honoree, Bezmozgis writes incisive, propulsive prose that has won him a stack of awards and nominations; Natasha and Other Stories won the Toronto Book Award and the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize for First Book, and The Free […]
Lion Fiction offers Christian fiction of a different sort, aiming to reach both religious and secular readers by relying on narrative thrust, believable characters, and boundary-crossing context to create an imaginative awareness of spiritual truths without battering-ram preachment. “We’re trying to offer spirituality in fiction form but without an agenda, because most books on the Christian faith have something to sell, and that compromises the integrity of the novel,” explains publisher Tony Collins, also publisher of Lion Hudson’s Monarch imprint,
Pam Rhodes is among BBC’s hymn-based Songs of Praise most recognizable and enduring presenters, a job she juggles with that of busy novelist. Her new trilogy, “The Dunbridge Chronicles,” features the very human fumbling and gradual maturing of Neil Fisher, the fresh-from-training new curate of St. Stephen’s church.
Albert, Edoardo. Edwin: High King of Britain: The Northumbrian Thrones, Bk. 1. Apr. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9781782640332. pap. $14.99. HISTORICAL Journalist Albert, who coauthored Northumbria: The Lost Kingdom with archaeologist Paul Gething, debuts as a fiction writer with a historical novel set in seventh-century Northumbria, where Christianity had its start in England. The deposed king, […]
Anthony Marra exploring the erotic inner life of Downton Abbey’s upstanding Mr. Bates, Elizabeth Fremantle writing from the perspective of Anne Boleyn’s dog, Brad Meltzer and A.J. Jacobs co-writing a story whose characters argue about the last words they’ll utter, and Gabrielle Zevin impersonating a former best-selling author struggling to figure out Twitter—these are some of the leading authors joining in the second #TwitterFiction Festival, March 12–16.
Alas, I wasn’t able to provide a galley guide for the Public Library Association conference this year, but that won’t keep us from hunting for galleys, will it? Aside from the intriguing works I’ll be introducing at our PLA Author Party, here are some titles I’d recommend, both from personal passion and from the conviction […]