Fiction You May Have Missed in 2017
From the author who brought you Dear Thing,
Julie Cohen, comes After the Fall
--a poignant, beautifully heartbreaking novel about what it means to be family, the ties that bind us, and the secrets that threaten to tear us apart.
Possessing strong intuitive powers in spite of being unable to see, Ma Taffy comforts her stricken great-nephew while recalling a fantastical story with ties to Jamaican history, the birth of the Rastafari and the human drive for a better life. By the award-winning author of A Brief History of Seven Killings
A tale exploring the long-term consequences of one's decisions follows the experiences of a mid-20th-century New York Port Authority public relations worker under the tutelage of legendary publicist whose newest protégé goes missing amid rumors about a devastating secret from the past.
After the death of his mother, teen Murdo travels with his father from Scotland to Alabama to visit relatives where he is swept up in the beautiful and violent world of zydeco music.
A socially awkward, routine-oriented loner teams up with a bumbling IT guy from her office to assist an elderly accident victim, forging a friendship that saves all three from lives of isolation and secret unhappiness.
Elmet - Fiona Mozley
Former enforcer John lives in the remote woods of Yorkshire with his two children, Cathy and Daniel, leading a quiet life in a house they built themselves; but when a local landowner shows up on their doorstep, their precarious existence is threatened, and a series of actions is set in motion that can only end in violence.
Fever - Deon Meyer
Expert boy marksman Nico Storm and his wise-leader father, Willem, must forge a new community in South Africa from the few survivors of a deadly virus.
A first novel by the "America's Librarian" NPR books commentator traces the story of a couple challenged by very different views of love and marriage, who must confront their disparate feelings of fulfillment as well as a difficult secret from the past.
Desperately wishing to be reunited with her abusive, drug-addicted birth mother at any cost in spite of finding herself in a wonderful foster home, an autistic 14-year-old struggles to make sense of her world by engaging in strict routines and avoiding the people who would love her.
Struggling with disillusionment after a broken engagement, Ruth moves back home with her parents to discover that her father's erratic memory loss and her mother's eccentricity are manifesting in near-comical ways that help Ruth transform her grief.
In the author's interpretation of what happened after Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn
, Huck joins the Pony Express, scouts for both sides in the Civil War, joins a bandit gang, locates an ill-fated pal in a Lakota tribe and finds himself in the Black Hills just ahead of the 1876 Gold Rush, in a book that sees the return of Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher and Jim..
One of innumerable women in a North Carolina mountain town facing a bleak future with a dangerous alcoholic husband, Sadie considers a different life when a stranger sweeps in and knocks the world off-kilter for the entire community
Less - Andrew Sean Greer
Receiving an invitation to his ex-boyfriend's wedding, Arthur, a failed novelist on the eve of his 50th birthday, embarks on an international journey that finds him falling in love, risking his life, reinventing himself and making connections with the past. By the author of The Confessions of Max Tivoli
Embarking on a walk across the unsafe landscape of Manhattan on New Year's Eve in 1984, 85-year-old Lillian Boxfish recalls her long and eventful life, which included a brief reign as the highest-paid advertising woman in America, whose career was cut short by marriage and loss.
Marlena - Julie Buntin
Struggling to adapt to a new home in rural Michigan, fifteen-year-old Cat bonds with a pill-popping, manic young neighbor with whom she renders their desolate community into a kind of playground until suffering a tragedy that she confronts decades later.
A house fire threatens the existences of six tenants and their shadowy landlord, whose fates become intertwined as they evaluate their respective lives through intimate, poetic memories.
A poignant novel of teen friendship set during a two-week span in the turbulent summer of 1968 follows a suicide pact made by four high-school friends who plan to live for each other for the rest of the season before leaping off a high bluff, an agreement that is shaped by personal complications and doubts. By the award-winning author of Bloody Mary
A teenage girl has gone missing and everyone is called upon to join the search. The villagers fan out across the English moors as the police set up roadblocks and news reporters descend. Meanwhile, there is still work that must be done: cows milked, fences repaired, stone cut, pints poured, sermons written, a pantomime rehearsed. As the seasons unfold and the search for the missing girl goes on, there are those who leave the village and those who are pulled back; those who come together and those who break apart.
Bankrupted by her husband's folly and death, a late-19th-century widow embarks on a buffalo hunt with her estranged, mysterious brother-in-law, only to find herself fighting for their land as well as the lives of the hired men and families in their charge. By the award-winning author of Coal Black Horse.
A new collection of stories by the award-winning author of Distortions
is set along America's East Coast and explores unconventional friendships, frustrated loves, mortality and aging.
A U.S. release of an acclaimed coming-of-age story from Europe traces how a young gay man in a violent French factory village navigates his orientation and intellectually precocious nature while enduring pressure to become a strong man in accordance with local beliefs.
An American debut of an award-winning book from England is set in the late-19th century and follows the experiences of an intellectually minded young widow and a pious vicar who investigate rumors about a mythical sea creature that has been blamed for a death in coastal Essex.
A rural, working-class town in New England elects as its mayor a New York hedge fund millionaire who slowly transforms the community in his image, triggering unexpected changes in the life of a financially strapped contractor and his extended family. By the Pulitzer Prize-finalist author of The Privileges
Embezzling a small fortune from her daughters' private school to finance personal luxuries, Marion goes on the lam when her activities are exposed by a school audit, in a story also told from the points of view of her baffled husband and heartsick daughters.
Returning to the small town of their childhood in the aftermath of their father's release from prison and their mother's fateful diagnosis, two young men find themselves atoning for the mistakes of their parents in order to resolve long-standing family dynamics.
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Follows the efforts of Civil War veteran Major Gryffth Hockaday to discern the truth about his teen bride, who during the two years he was at war was convicted and imprisoned for allegedly having a baby in his absence and killing it.