Timely Debut Novels | Fiction Previews, Jan. 2018

Aliu, Xhenet. Brass. Random. Jan. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9780399590245. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399590252. Downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize for her debut fiction collection, Domesticated Wild Things and Other Stories, Aliu draws on her own life to tell the story of teenage Luljeta, in identity crisis and insistent that her […]

Patterson, Scottoline, Slaughter, & More | Thriller Previews, Aug. 2017

Brennan, Allison. Shattered. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9781250129277. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250129284. THRILLER After a friend’s young son is kidnapped and suffocated, a crime for which the friend’s wife now stands accused, investigative reporter Max Revere is looking into three similar cases over the last two decades. Funny how no one wants […]

Top Debut Novels | Fiction Previews, May 2017, Pt. 2

Alyan, Hala. Salt Houses. Houghton Harcourt. May 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780544912588. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780544912380. LITERARY/SAGA This embracing and salt-sharp tale by Palestinian American poet and clinical psychologist Alyan magnifies the problem of displacement in the Middle East by chronicling the fate of one family continually uprooted after the Six-Day War of 1967. After her […]

From Archer to Steel | Fiction Previews, Nov. 2016, Pt. 4

Archer, Jeffrey. This Was a Man. St. Martin’s. Nov. 2016. 416p. ISBN 9781250061638. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466867512. $28.99. SAGA A lot of stuff happens in this seventh and final volume of Archer’s New York Times best-selling “Clifton Chronicles,” starting with a gunshot—but who fires and who’s targeted is anyone’s guess. As Giles Barrington discovers unsettling […]

Irish Stars, New York Landscapes, & Colorado Chills | Debut Fiction Previews, Aug. 2016, Pt. 1

Leo, Forrest. The Gentleman. Penguin Pr. Aug. 2016. 304p. ISBN 9780399562631. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780399562648. LITERARY Victorian poet Lionel Savage marries lovely Vivien Lancaster for her money and, in a fit of despondency over his sudden inability to write, accidentally conjures up the Devil, with whom he politely discusses literature. Later, when he realizes that […]

Christopher Buckley, James Lee Burke, Paolo Giordano, & Ruth Rendell | Barbara’s Picks, Dec. 2015, Pt. 1

Buckley, Christopher. The Relic Master. S. & S. Dec. 2015. 256p. ISBN 9781501125751. $26.95. HISTORICAL Buckley, who’s been called “the funniest writer in the English language” by Tom Wolfe and has a Thurber Prize for American Humor to prove it, offers a boisterous tale of 16th-century relic hunting that should have broad appeal. It’s 1517, […]

Jan Karon, Jojo Moyes, Nicholas Sparks, & More | Pop Fiction Previews, Sept. 2015, Pt. 3

Dallas, Sandra. The Last Midwife. St. Martin’s. Sept. 2015. 336p. ISBN 9781250074461. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466886148. HISTORICAL Dallas, a New York Times best-selling author, follows up A Quilt for Christmas with another historical. Gracy Brookens, the only midwife in a small 1880s Colorado mining town, has delivered hundreds of babies but now has been accused […]

Five Don’t-Miss Fiction Debuts | Fiction Previews, Jul. 2015, Pt. 2

Kirman, Robin. Bradstreet Gate. Crown. Jul. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9780804139311. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780804139328. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. PSYCHOLOGICAL Kirman may have a BA in philosophy from Yale College and an MFA in fiction from Columbia University, but she sets her first novel at Harvard, where a senior’s murder profoundly affects Georgia, Charlie, and Alice—three students […]

Four Big Hardcover Romances, Jan. 2013: Adrian, Evanovich/Kelly, Krentz, and Moyes

Four Big Hardcover Romances, Jan. 2013: Adrian, Evanovich/Kelly, Krentz, and Moyes