New Fiction Books – May 2010

American Taliban Pearl Abraham, F ABR – How does a young American man find himself drawn into an extreme form of Islam?

Arcadia Falls Carol Goodman, F GOO – Meg Rosenthal is driving toward the next chapter in her life. A fresh start at a boarding school in Arcadia Falls, New York, may not have the happy outcome she is hoping for.

The Barbary Pirates William Dietrich, F DIE – Swashbuckling American explorer and ladies’ man, Ethan Gage, finds himself in a desperate race with the Barbary Pirates for an ancient secret super weapon, the mirror of Archimedes.

Bone Fire Mark Spragg, F SPR – Ishawooa, Wyoming, is far from bucolic nowadays.  Sheriff Crance Carlson doesn’t need a reminder, but gets one anyway when he finds a young man murdered in a meth lab.

Born Under a Million Shadows Andrea Busfield, F BUS – Eleven-year-old Fawad, a charming Afghan boy has known more grief than most.  Ever the optimist, his hope for a better life is realized as his mother becomes a housekeeper for three western women.  Star reviews.

The Bradshaw Variations Rachel Cusk, F CUS – How do our choices, our loves and the family life we build, be an echo—a variation—of a theme played out in our own childhood?

Caught Harlan Coben, F COB – The story of a missing girl, the community stunned by her loss, the predator who may have taken her, and the reporter who suddenly realizes that she can’t trust her own instincts.

The Chester Chronicles Kermit Moyer, F MOY – Chet Patterson is an Army brat who grows up during the fifties and sixties.  A look at a time and place through the life of an astute observer.  Great reviews.

Claude and Camille: A Novel of Monet Stephanie Cowell, F COW – The story of the great impressionist painter and the love of his life.

Down to the Wire David Rosenfelt, F ROS – Chris Turley, reporter for a small paper, has several important scoops.  Soon, it seems that his luck at being at the right place at the right time is not a coincidence.

Every Last One Anna Quindlen, F QUI – Mary Beth Latham is a happily married woman with three teenage children.  When a shocking act of violence blindsides her, she must face those things that we fear the most.

Fragile Beasts Tawni O’Dell, F ODE – When their hard-drinking, but loving, father dies in a car accident, teenage brothers Kyle and Klint Hayes face a bleak future, but Candace Jack, their Pennsylvania town’s eccentric matriarch, offers them a home.

The Girl Who Chased the Moon Sarah Addison Allen, F ALL – When Emily Benedict arrives in Mullaby, North Carolina, she finds that mysteries aren’t solved in Mullaby, they’re a way of life.

The Line Olga Grushin, F GRU – The line begins to form on the whispered rumor that a famous exiled composer is returning to Russia to conduct his last symphony at an unknown date.  As a whole year progresses, the anonymous souls in the line become actual individuals.  Based on a true story.

Losing Charlotte Heather Clay, F CLA – Sisters Charlotte and Knox Bolling grew up intimately connected, but their bond frayed as one of them rebelled from their Kentucky upbringing.

Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War Karl Marlantes, F MAR – Young Second Lieutenant Waino Mellas is dropped into an isolated, anonymous hill, dubbed the Matterhorn, between Laos and the DMZ to lead a rifle platoon of forty Marines.  The year: 1969.

Men and Dogs Katie Crouch, F CRO – In the spring of 1985, Hannah Legare’s much loved father disappears during a fishing trip.  Still haunted by his loss twenty years later, Hannah returns home to find out what really happened.

One Amazing Thing Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, F DIV – An earthquake rips through a passport and visa office in an unnamed American city, trapping nine assorted people.  As they struggle to survive, each one tells a tale from their life, that “one amazing thing.”

Pearl of China Anchee Min, F MIN – Based on the life of Pearl S. Buck and the story of  the friendship of a lifetime.

The Room  and the Chair Lorraine Adams, F ADA – Today’s dangerous world is portrayed through the portraits of the people involved in America’s global war.

The Sheen on the Silk Anne Perry, F PER – Arriving in ancient Constantinople in the year 1273, Anna Zarides has only one mission: to prove the innocence of her twin brother, Justinian who has been exiled to the desert

. Solar Ian McEwan, F MCE – The noted author examines Michael Beard, a renowned physicist who has begun to coast on his laurels, but who finds his personal life in shambles.

Think Twice Lisa Scottoline, F SCO – As identical twins, Bennie and Alice are very different.  At least that is what Bennie believes, until she is pushed to the extreme edge when Alice steals Bennie’s life and her identity.

A Week in December Sebastian Faulks, F FAU – London, the week before Christmas, 2007.  Over seven very eventful days, the author follows the lives of seven major characters.  By the author of Charlotte Gray.

Wild Ride Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer, F CRU – An entertaining paranormal novel that shows why the wildest ride at the Dreamland Amusement Park isn’t the roller coaster.

The Winter Thief Jenny White, F WHI – Istanbul, January 1888.  Magistrate Kamil Pasha tries to discover who’s behind the smuggled guns in the city’s port and why a bomb exploded in the Imperial Ottoman Bank.  Intrigue and spies abound during that waning days of the Ottoman Empire.