Sun, Moon, Stars | What We’re Reading & Watching

The “What We’re Reading & Watching” gang dons the safety glasses and checks out eclipse titles and more this week.

“Class Mom” Laurie Gelman Earns Top Honors | Debut Spotlight

Laurie Gelman has put her stamp on the world of women’s fiction with her debut novel, Class Mom, which revolves around the antics of kindergarten class mom Jen Dixon.

Fiction from Hämäläinen, London, Longworth, and Misko and Debuts Galore | Xpress Reviews

Debuts from Buntin, Cottrell, Hartnett, Magariel, Ruby, and Underdown are all worth checking out, for disturbing, emotional, sharp, insightful, nerve-jarring, astute, and suspenseful fiction. Also, Hämäläinen’s intriguing puzzle, London’s breathtaking romance, and Longworth’s whodunit

The Chimes by Anna Smaill | LJ Review

One of a kind, both in its dystopian landscape and use of gorgeous language throughout (including clever musical terms), this debut takes time to digest but is worth the effort.

E-Originals from Austin, Burke & Jensen, Gray, plus Two Debuts | Xpress Reviews

An excellent second offering in the series from Austin; more “Chaos” from Burke & Jensen; a baseball debut featuring a library director; Gray plot is basic, with slow-burn erotic love scenes; Michaels’s debut is all romance readers could hope for

The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer | LJ Review

Hamer, a Rhys Davies Short Story Prize winner, is a natural storyteller who writes with such a sense of drama, compulsion, and sympathy that most readers will devour this work in one or two sittings.

Fiction by Berne and Nesser, plus Two Well-Received Debuts | Xpress Reviews

Berne’s fourth novel should appeal to fans of contemporary slice-of-life fiction; Chiarella’s debut novel is an intriguing tale of medical advancement; Nesser’s latest offers plenty of twists and suspense; a thoroughly researched historical fiction debut

Weina Dai Randel | Debut Spotlight, January 1, 2016

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.

First Novelists Arlidge, Curry, McPherson, Stewart, Stradal, & Others | Debut Fiction, June 15, 2015

A fast-paced, terrifying, and impossible to put down novel from Arlidge; Curry’s fascinating glimpse into China; historical fiction fans will delight in Stewart’s eccentric women characters; Liontas’s multigenerational tale is a provocative achievement

Jennifer Weiner, Philippa Gregory, & Lauren Willig’s Last Pink Carnation Novel | Audio in Advance August 2015 | Fiction

Alcott, Kathleen. Infinite Home. Blackstone. ISBN 9781504638944. Reader TBA. Edith is a widow who rents apartments in her Brooklyn brownstone to an unlikely collection of people: Paulie, an unusually disabled man, and his burdened sister, Claudia; Edward, a misanthropic stand-up comic; Adeleine, a beautiful agoraphobe; Thomas, a young artist recovering from a stroke. Damaged in various […]