New Fiction – February 2008

The Air Between Us Deborah Johnson – A complex story about friendship and honor in a small racially divided Mississippi town during the sixties.

The Appeal John Grisham – A jury returns a shocking verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court in this legal thriller.

At the City’s Edge Marcus Sakey – Jason Palmer, soldier, and Elena Cruz, a Chicago cop, find themselves thrown together as they fight to protect Jason’s young nephew who had seen his father murdered.

Beaufort Ron Leshem – The recipient of the Israel’s top literary prize, this novel illuminates the lives of a handful of Israeli soldiers who occupy the ancient crusader fortress, Beaufort.

Beverly Hills Dead Stuart Woods – Murder, political intrigue and betrayal set in 1940’s Hollywood.

Capitol Conspiracy William Bernhardt – Oklahoma defense attorney Ben Kincaid finds himself in a campaign of terror against key government officials in the nation’s capital.

The Commoner John Burnham Schwartz – In 1959, Haruko marries the Crown Prince of Japan and enters the rarified, controlled world of the Japanese monarchy. Starred reviews.

De Niro’s Game Rawi Hage – A cinematic portrait of life in war-torn Beirut from the perspective of two friends, Bassam and George.

Duma Key Stephen King – Recuperating from a construction accident, Edgar Freemantle’s life takes a supernatural turn as he recuperates on Duma Key.

Fanon John Edgar Wideman – A fictional interpretation of philosopher and political activist, Frantz Fanon, by the well-known Pittsburgh native.

The Heroines Eileen Favorite – Heroines of classic literature seem to find the Homestead Bed-and-Breakfast a favorite destination.

His Illegal Self Peter Carey – A young seven year old, Che, dreams of reuniting with his radical sixties parents, and escapes his grandmother in the hope of finding his mother.

Ice Trap Kitty Sewell – Dafydd Woodruff, a surgeon in present-day Cardiff, Wales, receives a letter from a 13-year-old girl claiming to be his daughter and to have a twin brother. This shattering news sends him to the far reaches of Canada.

Kyra Carol Gilligan – Kyra, an architect, is involved with the design of a new city when she meets Andreas, and faces far-reaching consequences.

L.A. Outlaws T. Jefferson Parker – A celebrity obsessed modern-day Jesse James with the name of Allison Murietta, creates a frenzy in Los Angeles.

Life Class Pat Barker – During the spring of 1914, three young people are part of a love triangle, but the devastation of World War I will change their lives and love.

Light of the Moon Luanne Rice – Susannah Connolly travels to France to fulfill her mother’s dying wish to find a mysterious saint linked to her family’s history.

Like You’d Understand Anyway Jim Shepard – A notable collection of stories that is a finalist for the National Book Award.

Miscarriage of Justice Kip Gayden – Based on actual events, Anna Dotson is a passionate modern woman of the 1900’s who finds herself stifled by the lingering outdated rules of Victorian society.

Monsters of Templeton Lauren Groff – Willie Upton returns to her home in Templeton, New York, and learns how one town holds the secrets of her family.

The Opposite of Love Julie Buxbaum – Manhattan attorney Emily Haxby ends a happy relationship just as her boyfriend is on the verge of proposing.