New Fiction – June 2009

Admission Jean Hanff Korelitz, F KOR – For years Portia Nathan has avoided the past, hiding behind her busy career as a Princeton University admissions officer.

Brimstone Robert B. Parker, F PAR – Guns-for-hire Everett Hitch and Virgil Cole in a follow-up of their adventures in Resolution and Appaloosa.

Brooklyn Colm Tóibín, F TOI – In the early 1950’s Eilis Lacey crosses the ocean from Ireland to make a new life for herself in Brooklyn.

Censoring an Iranian Love Story Shahriar Mandanipour, F MAN – An acclaimed Iranian author explores what it’s like to live, love and be an artist in the Iran of today.

The Color of Lightning Paulette Jiles, F JIL – Former Kentucky slave, Britt Johnson and his family travel to an uncertain destiny in the American West of 1863.

Deadlock Iris Johansen, F JOH – United Nations artifact expert, Emily Hudson is held hostage by an evil captor determined to find a missing link to a legendary treasure.

Etta Gerald Kolpan, F KOL – Beautiful and refined, Etta Place captivated the nation at the turn of the last century.  Here is her life as imagined by the author in this debut novel.

The Family Man Elinor Lipman, F LIP – A contemporary comedy of manners featuring Henry Archer and complications with his ex-wife.  Amusing.

Figures in Silk Vanora Bennett, F BEN – Two sisters discover passion during the War of the Roses — one with the king, the other in the world of silk.

First Family David Baldacci, F BAL – Private investigators Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are brought into a terrifying situation involving the abduction of the President’s child from Camp David.

A Fortunate Age Joanna Smith Rakoff, F RAK – The lives of several Oberlin graduates are traced as they chase their dreams in Brooklyn at the turn of the 21st century.

The Geometry of Sisters Luanne Rice, F RIC – The complexity of emotions between sisters is revealed through the lives of three remarkable sets of siblings.

Intent to Kill James Grippando, F GRI – Was the hit-and-run accident that killed his wife, Chelsea, really an accident? Ryan James, a Boston sportscaster, has to find out, especially when he gets an anonymous tip: “I know who did it.”

The Last Secret Mary McGarry Morris, F MOR – Nora Hammond seems to have the perfect life, until she learns of her husband’s longtime affair, and when a terrible incident from her own youth is revealed.

Laura Rider’s Masterpiece Jane Hamilton, F HAM – An entertaining comedy by the author of The Book of Ruth.

Lavender Morning Jude Deveraux, F DEV – Jocelyn Minton is a woman torn between two worlds. A mysterious bequest from a loving mentor becomes an introduction to mystery and romance.

Loitering with Intent Stuart Woods, F WOO – Stone Barrington is not having a good week and some discreet detective work in Key West doesn’t make it any better.

The Lost Quilter Jennifer Chiaverini, F CHI – A quilt that was sewn by a runaway slave is treasured by master quilter Sylvia Compson, who uncovers the story of Joanna.

Nightwalker Heather Graham, F GRA – What happens in Vegas sometimes doesn’t stay there.

Prayers for Sale Sandra Dallas, F DAL – Colorado, 1936. Hennie Comfort is 86 and has lived in Middle Swan all her life. Her friendship with newcomer 17-year-old Nit Spindle changes both of their lives.

The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet Reif Larsen, F LAR – Twelve-year-old genius T.S. Spivet learns that he has received a prestigious prize from the Smithsonian and then starts out on a wild cross-country trip. Great illustrations and great reviews.

Stone’s Fall Iain Pears, F PEA – The story of the wealthy, influential John Stone and the mystery of his death.  By the author of  An Instance of the Fingerpost.

The Strain Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan, F TOR – A vampiric virus infects New York City. The contagion must be stopped before it infects the country.

The Story Sisters Alice Hoffman, F HOF – Three sisters, Elv, Claire, and Meg, each have a fate that they must meet alone. Vintage Hoffman.

Summer on Blossom Street Debbie Macomber, F MAC – Knitting and life.  They’re both about beginnings and endings.

Sunnyside Glen David Gold, F GOL – Charlie Chaplin is the central figure in this sprawling novel depicting the tumultuous years following World War I.

Thanks for the Memories Cecelia Ahern, F AHE – Hope, love and second chances await two strangers, Joyce Conway and Justin Hitchcock, whose lives are at a crossroads.

Water, Stone, Heart Will North, F NOR – Newly divorced, Andrew Stratton travels to an English village to learn the art of building stone walls. A lyrical first novel.

Waveland Frederick Barthelme, F BAR – Three very out-of-order lives try to find or reinvent themselves in the tattered landscape of Mississippi, post-Katrina.  Love, regret and redemption.

The Weight of Heaven Thrity Umriga, F UMR – After the loss of their only son, Frank and Ellie Benton continue to struggle, but hope that a job in far-off India will help them begin again.