Fiction Previews, Dec. 2012, Pt. 2: From Joy Fielding to Pallavi’s Cat’s Eye View of China

Fielding, Joy. Shadow Creek. Emily Bestler Bks: Atria. Dec. 2012. 368p. ISBN 9781451688153; eISBN 9781451688177. $25.99. POP FICTION
A killers-in-the-wilderness book from Fielding, who often edges her tales of personal grief with something a little bloodier, although perhaps not this baldly. A ragtag group of hikers comprising one woman, her two oddball friends, her teenage daughter, and her soon-to-be-ex-husband’s fiancée march through the Adirondacks, finally settling near Shadow Creek for a good night’s sleep. In the night, teenaged Brianne slips away to be with her boyfriend and can’t be found in the morning. Alas, a murderous twosome is haunting the environs. Fielding has a fond following; interesting to see how this works.

Garey, Juliann. Too Bright To Hear Too Loud To See. Soho. Dec. 2012. 289p. ISBN 9781616951290. $25. LITERARY
One of the publisher’s big galley giveaways at BEA, this debut by screenwriter/journalist Garey stars a big-time Hollywood executive suffering from a well-concealed bipolar disorder who dumps job, family, and meds to travel the world and finally be himself. The threefold plot embraces his travels, which range from Rome to Thailand to Uganda, to his memories of a difficult father and the joys and strains of his marriage. Billed as a literary page-turner.

Pallavi, Aiyar. Chinese Whiskers. St. Martin’s. Dec. 2012. 240p. ISBN 9781250014481. $22.99; eISBN 9781250014597. POP FICTION
Middle-class Soyabean is tended by a traditional grandma, while Tofu was born in a trash can. But these two pussies are adopted by foreigners and live together in a courtyard house in one of Beijing’s traditional hutong neighborhoods. Even as Soyabean gets an offer to model for a fancy new kitty-food label, a serious illness is sweeping the country‚ and cats are blamed. Award-winning journalist Pallavi, also author of the memoir Smoke and Mirrors, lived in Beijing for six years and reported on China for the Indian press, so this is more than a charming fable.

Tosches, Nick. Me and the Devil. Little, Brown. Dec. 2012. 384p. ISBN 9780316120975. $26.99. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. POP FICTION
This edgy-sounding novel by Nick Tosches stars a guy named Nick Tosches who’s in a down-and-out state when, in a shadowy bar, he meets an alluring woman who opens some very interesting doors. Lust for sex and human blood seems to be a part of what he discovers. Tosches is the author of the national best-selling In the Hand of Dante and, says his biography, is uniquely acquainted with the half-lit world in which his novel is set. So watch out.

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Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.