New Fiction – December 2007

The Abduction  Mark Gimenez – The kidnapping of his ten-year-old granddaughter Gracie, brings Ben Brice, a veteran drowning his memories of Vietnam with alcohol, back from the New Mexico wilderness to help save her, but dark family secrets could threaten the child’s survival.

The Abstinence Teacher Tom Perrotta Teaching human sexuality from a perspective that information and pleasure are top priorities, divorced mom Ruth Ramsey butts heads with the local soccer coach, a divorced former addict who became an evangelical Christian after hitting rock bottom.

The Almost Moon Alice Sebold – Having set aside her own life in her support of her parents, husband, and children, Helen Knightly confronts the realities of the choices that were imposed upon her during a harrowing twenty-four-hour period of death and revelation.

Breakfast with Buddha Roland Merullo – At the behest of his sister, Otto Ringling finds himself reluctantly accompanying her guru, an enigmatic Mongolian monk, on a trip through Middle America to their childhood home, introducing his passenger to some American “fun” along the way.

Broken Colors Michele ZackheimLife and art intersect in the colorful life of Sophie Marks.

The Descendants Kaui Hart Hemmings – A descendant of royalty and one of the largest landowners in Hawaii, Matthew King struggles to deal with his out-of-control daughters–ten-year-old Scottie and seventeen-year-old Alex–as well as his comatose wife, whom they are about to remove from lifesupport.

Caspian Rain Gina B. Nahai – In the decade before the Islamic Revolution, 12-year-old Yaas navigates family and social life in Tehran.

The Chase  Clive Cussler – The author’s latest adventure features a steam locomotive found in a Montana lake that holds the remains of three people who died 44 years before.

Cheating at Canasta  William Trevor – A collection of stories featuring themes of missed opportunities and the inevitability of change.

Double Cross James Patterson – Alex Cross rejoins the police force to face the most diabolical villain he has ever encountered–a serial killer who aspires to be a celebrity.

A Free Life Ha Jin – In the aftermath of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, the Wu family sets out on a journey through America in search of a sense of belonging.

Gentlemen of the Road  Michael Chabon – The noted literary stylist presents a riff on the legendary adventure novels, with a tale of two 9th century men of fortune.

The Ghost  Robert Harris – Power, politics, corruption and murder combine in a thriller which features a ghostwriter who winds up dead.

The Heir  Barbara Taylor Bradford – Family drama features Edward Deravenel as he tries to keep a family and a business together during the influenza pandemic of 1918.

Home to Holly Springs Jan Karon – After thirty-eight years, Father Tim Kavanagh returns to his childhood home of Holly Springs, Mississippi.

In a Pickle: A Family Farm Story Jerry Apps – The small Midwestern town of Link Lake is confronted with change and upheaval with the arrival of H. H. Harlow Pickle Company.

The Long Walk Home Will North – Set in a small mountain town in Wales, backpacker Alec Hudson and Fiona Edwards, owner of a bed-and-breakfast, find that their lives will be changed forever.

Mr. Knightley’s Diary: A Novel Amanda Grange – A retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma from the wonderful Mr. Knightley’s point of view.

Not Yet Drown’d Peg Kingman – Catherine MacDonald travels to India to look for her brother, who had been reported drowned in the monsoon floods of 1821.

Pirate Freedom Gene Wolfe – In a tale of time travel, Father Christopher becomes a pirate captain hundreds of year before his birth.

Protect and Defend Vince Flynn – The author’s latest political thriller features Iran and the consequences of a preemptive strike by Israel.

The Quiet Girl Peter Høeg – A famous circus clown, Kasper Krone, is recruited by an order of nuns who ask him to safeguard group of children with mystical capablities.

The Race Richard North Patterson – Corey Grace, a senator from Ohio, will discover if an honest man can become president.

Third Degree Greg Iles – A marriage implodes during the course of a day with devastating consequences.

Tipperary Frank Delaney – The fascinating period of Irish history of the early 20th century is illuminated through the lives of Charles O’Brien and April Burke.

Stone Cold David Baldacci – Revenge, conspiracy, and murder bring the Camel Club face-to-face with their greatest threat.

Swan Island Elizabeth Gill – Ella’s happy childhood in Swan Island is abruptly ended when her father dies, leaving the family bankrupt.

The Way Life Should Be Christina Baker Kline – Angelo Russo impulsively moves to Maine to meet an online date and a new life.

World Without End Ken Follett – Two centuries after the completion of the gothic cathedral in Kingsbridge, as depicted in Pillars of the Earth, the priory and cathedral are again the center of this novel of the 14th century.