Fiction Beyond Our Borders | Barbara’s Picks, Jul./Aug. 2017

refuge

Adebayo, Ayobami. Stay with Me. Knopf. Aug. 2017. 272p. ISBN 9780451494603. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780451494610. Downloadable: Random Audio. LITERARY In this debut from rising Nigerian star Adebayo, Yejide and Akin fall in love and get married but fail to conceive a child. The consequences are dire, as Yejide’s parents eventually saunter in with a young […]

LJ’s Reviews of RUSA’s Top Genre Fiction | ALA Midwinter 2017

RUSA_Logo_Navy_500x175 (1)

On January 22, RUSA’s Reading List Council announced the 2017 selections of the annual best-of reading list, comprised of eight different fiction genres for adult readers. Check out below LJ‘s full reviews of the winners and look for the complete reviews of the short list titles in BookVerdict.

Beattie, Gabaldon, Gay, Sullivan, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Jun. 2017, Pt. 3

beattie

Beattie, Ann. The Accomplished Guest: Stories. Scribner. Jun. 2017. 224p. ISBN 9781501111389. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781501111402. SHORT STORIES Since her 1976 publishing debut with the story collection Distortions and the novel Chilly Scenes of Winter, Beattie has worked in both genres, but her gifts really belong to short fiction. Here’s her 11th story collection, following […]

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

chancellor

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 […]

Lisa Gardner, Kimberla Lawson Roby, & Chris Bohjalian | Audio in Advance January 2017 | Fiction

41vo4yi_dml__1478806581_38373

Fiction audiobooks publishing in January 2017.

From Boylan to Karen White | Pop Fiction, Apr. 2017, Pt. 4

boylan

Boylan, Jennifer Finney. Long Black Veil. Crown. Apr. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9780451496324. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780451496348. Downloadable: Random Audio. THRILLER/COMING OF AGE/LGBT LGBT rights advocate, Op-Ed page contributor to the New York Times since 2007, and the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College, Boylan still finds time to write both fiction and […]

Block Collects Stories Inspired by Hopper Paintings & More | Fiction Previews, Dec. 2016, Pt. 2

block

Block, Lawrence, ed. In Sunlight or in Shadow: Stories Inspired by the Paintings of Edward Hopper. Pegasus. Dec. 2016. 384p. ISBN 9781681772455. $25.95. SHORT STORIES Thrillmeister Block here collects 17 newly commissioned stories written in response to Edward Hopper’s moody, sometimes desolate paintings. The authors include Michael Connelly, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King, Lee Child, […]

Heart of Fiction Panel | Day of Dialog 2016

Clockwise from top: Mary Carter/Carlene O’Connor, moderator Robin Bradford, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jill Shalvis, Sonali Dev, and Gayle Forman (clockwise from far left); moderator Robin Bradford makes a point; Carter discusses sometimes using the pseudonym O’Connor; Carter, Shalvis, and Phillips enjoy another panelist’s quips; Dev on fans liking characters that look like them; and Forman on her first adult book. 
Photos ©2016 William Neumann

Romance and women’s fiction authors discussed upcoming releases, their writing processes, and the advantage of setting a book in Texas.

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

gladstone

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 […]

By the Numbers by Jen Lancaster | LJ Review

9780451471116__1463757745_56204

Lancaster’s sprightly book is all about second chances and familial love