Fiction

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Summer Listening: Read by the Author | Wyatt’s World

As audiobook month continues to unspool, consider titles read by the author. The writer as narrator ensures that character voices, rhythm of line, and inflection notes will all be delivered by one who has already spent a great deal of time creating and listening to the work.

Spotlight on Big-Buzzing Debut Novelist Tommy Orange | LibraryReads Author

Set in Oakland, as its title suggests, Tommy Orange’s There There uses coruscating, whip-fast language to delineate the Oakland ­Native community and the ­Native experience generally.

Fiction from Castillo, Cole, Delany, Goolrick, Kelly, and a Quintet of Debuts | Xpress Reviews

This tale of suspense will excite Kate Burkholder fans; Delany readers will find much to enjoy and ponder; internationally best-selling author Kelly offers up an engrossing intergenerational story of love and family; Parker takes her place next to similar writers such as Laura Dave and Jane Green; sans of Sarah Waters’s Fingersmith will find this a good companion; this series launch is a great choice for readers of British police procedurals; this has been getting some prepub buzz, so die-hard thriller fans might be interested; this study will please those who want more than thrill-a-minute reading

Sophisticated Reads | Day of Dialog 2018

With a title aptly echoing Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Lady,” as noted by moderator and LJ Prepub Alert Editor Barbara Hoffert, the “Sophisticated Reads” panel led off with Gary Shteyngart declaring “Librarians, I love you” before launching into a discussion of his multifaceted Lake Success (Random, Sept.), a road-trip novel about an ultrarich but clueless hedge-fund manager abandoning his wife and autistic son to hop a Greyhound in search of his college girlfriend and the real America.

Fiction from Abbott, Bell, Bokal, DeFino, De La Pava, Frank, Kietzman, Rader-Day, & Zeller | Xpress Reviews

This adds to the Abbott’s reputation as a significant writer of suspense; a heart-poundingly addictive thriller; for fans of escapist romantic suspense; a solid hit; a powerful statement about values; readers will love getting a glimpse at life in the Lowcountry; Kietzman is incredibly adept at bringing her characters to life; fans of Agatha Christie will be riveted by Rader-Day’s latest psychological thriller; for those looking for a satisfying and humanistic read

Librarians Shout ‘n Share Their Show Picks | BookExpo 2018

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, Library Journal‘s popular Librarian Shout ‘n Share panel once again took center stage on the final day of BookExpo 2018, held May 30–June 1 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.

1920s Women Artists | Fiction Reviews

To be loved by historical fiction fans, a story based on the history of the busiest transportation hubs; A fast-paced mystery, mixed with a star-crossed romance

Summer Travel: In Translation, Eight Top Books That Will Take You Far

A smart and affecting study for most ­readers; an arresting work, told in stringently beautiful prose; for all smart sophisticated readers; for readers interested in family, memory, 20th-­century history, and strong literature; a real ­discovery for those who love world literature; piercingly pitch-perfect; highly recommended

Fiction from Adcock, Alger, Arvin, Cargill, La Plante, McCafferty, & Wiggs, plus a Debut | Xpress Reviews

This leisurely paced second novel that is bound to attract readers of feminist sf mysteries; highly recommended for fans of fast-paced thrillers in the tradition of John Grisham; this somewhat facile work will entertain fans of dark humor; a sharply observant literary debut novel; more than enough thrills to satisfy any crime novel enthusiast; fans of C.J. Box and Craig Johnson will relish this page-turner; recommended for readers of contemporary romance

Literary Getaways: Escape with New Summer Fiction and Backlist Favorites

Summer is the perfect time to relax and retreat from the day-to-day worries with a great book. Members of the 2018–19 American Library Association (ALA) RUSA CODES Reading List Council offer suggestions in eight genres.