By Waldman, Amy
2011-08 – Farrar Straus Giroux
Cool, eloquent, raising two fatherless children, Claire has emerged as the most visible of the widows who became a potent political force in the aftermath of the catastrophe. She longs for her husband, but she has found her mission: she sits on a jury charged with selecting a fitting memorial for the victims of the attack. …
|The Family Fang
By Wilson, Kevin
2011-08 – Ecco Press
“The Family Fang” is a comedy, a tragedy, and a tour-de-force examination of what it means to make art and survive your family. Like everything else Kevin Wilson does, I have never seen anything like it before. The best single word description would be brilliant.–Ann Patchett, bestselling author of “Bel Canto.”
By Perrotta, Tom
2011-08 – St. Martin’s Press
What if the Rapture happens, leaving behind a few? Or what if it wasn’t the Rapture at all, but something murkier, a burst of mysterious, apparently random disappearances that shattered the world in a single moment, dividing history into Before and After, leaving no one unscathed? “The Leftovers” is a startling, thought-provoking novel about love, connection, and loss from the “New York Times“-bestselling author of “The Abstinence Teacher” and “Little Children.”
|Turn of Mind
By LaPlante, Alice
2011-07 – Atlantic Monthly Press
A startling portrait of a disintegrating mind clinging to bits of reality through anger, frustration, shame, and unspeakable loss, “Turn of Mind” is a remarkable debut that examines the deception and frailty of memory and how it defines our very existence.
|Ready Player One
By Cline, Ernest
2011-08 – Crown Publishing Group (NY)
At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut–part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by “Blade Runner,” and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.
|We Others: New and Selected Stories
By Millhauser, Steven
2011-08 – Knopf Publishing Group
|The Keeper of Lost Causes
By Adler-Olsen, Jussi
2011-08 – Dutton Books
“The Keeper of Lost Causes” features a deeply flawed chief detective who’s been selected to run Department Q, a new special investigations division that turns out to be a department of one. With a stack of Copenhagen’s coldest cases to keep him company, Carl’s been put out to pasture. So he’s as surprised as anyone when a case actually captures his interest.
|This Beautiful Life
By Schulman, Helen
2011-08 – HarperThe events of a single night shatter a Manhattan family’s sense of security and identity–and, ultimately, their happiness–in this gripping, provocative novel by the author of “A Day at the Beach.”
By Santiago, Esmeralda
2011-07 – Knopf Publishing Group
In 19th-century Spain, Ana Cubillas is drawn to the exotic island of Puerto Rico by the diaries of an ancestor who traveled there with Ponce de Leon. And in twin brothers Ramon and Inocente, she finds a way to get there, in this gorgeous epic of love, discovery, and adventure by the beloved author of “When I Was Puerto Rican.”
By Lawrenson, Deborah
2011-08 – Harper
Drawn to an older man, Eve embarks on a whirlwind romance that soon offers a new life and a new home–Les Genevriers, an old house in a charming hamlet amid the fragrant lavender fields of Provence. Their relationship becomes strained, however, as Dom grows quiet and distant and Eve feels a haunting presence. The more reluctant Dom is to tell her about his past, the more Eve is drawn to it–and to the mysterious disappearance of his beautiful ex-wife.
By McGrath, M. J.
2011-08 – Viking Books
Half Inuit and half outsider, Edie Kiglatuk is the best guide around. But as a woman, she gets only grudging respect from the elders who ruled her isolated community on Ellesmere Island. When a man is shot and killed while out on an “authentic” Arctic adventure under her watch, the murder attracts the attention of police sergeant Derek Palliser.
By Kelman, Stephen
2011-07 – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
A first-person novel about an 11-year-old boy from a Ghanaian immigrant family who moves to London.
|The Language of Flowers
By Diffenbaugh, Vanessa
2011-08 – Ballantine Books
The story of a woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own past. …
|Requiem for a Gypsy
By Genelin, Michael
2011-07 – Soho Crime
When the wife of one of Slovakia’s most prominent businessmen is killed in a very public assassination, it looks like the bullets were meant for her husband. To solve the case and stop an ongoing series of murders, Commander Jana Matinova must travel to Berlin and Paris and look back into the darkest period of Slovak history.