New Fiction – March 2010

Alice I Have Been Melanie Benjamin, F BEN – Alice Liddell Hargreaves has had a life of rich experiences, but as she nears her 81st birthday, she realizes that to the world she will always be known as “Alice.”

The Brightest Star in the Sky Marian Keyes, F KEY – When a spirit visits the Dublin townhouse on Star Street, the tenants are surprised by intriguing changes.

The Burning Land Bernard Cornwell, F COR – A new entry into the noted historical novelist’s saga of Saxon Tales and the epic story of the birth of England and the legendary king who made it possible.

Conspirata: A Novel of Ancient Rome Robert Harris, F HAR – On the eve of Marcus Cicero’s inauguration as consul of Rome, the death of a boy sends ripples of fear throughout Rome.

Galileo’s Dream Kim Stanley Robinson, F ROB SF – A new title from the award-winning science fiction author.

An Irish Country Girl Patrick Taylor, F TAY – Another hopeful tale from the colorful Irish village of Ballybucklebo.

The Kingdom of Ohio Matthew Flaming, F FLA – After discovering an old photograph, an elderly antiques dealer is forced to revisit the history he has spent years trying to deny.

Kisser Stuart Woods, F WOO – Stone Barrington is back in New York and looking forward to some downtime. What do you think? Will he get to take a break?

The Midnight House Alex Berenson, F BERCI – Agent John Wells must find who is killing members of a secret interrogation team that operated at a secret base called the Midnight House.

Ordinary Thunderstorms William Boyd, F BOY – Adam Kindred is in London for a job interview, when a chance encounter soon leads to a series of accidents through which he loses everything, even his identity.

Point Omega Don Delillo, F DEL – The noted author looks into the mind and heart of a “defense intellectual,” a man involved in the management of the country’s war machine.

Pride and Avarice Nicholas Coleridge, F COL – At his magnificent Chawbury Manor, Miles Straker has it all. When self-made millionaire Ross Clegg buys the land adjoining Straker’s estate, Miles is racked with jealousy.  Scandals and revenge escalate as the battle between two families rages on.

The Queen’s Governess Karen Harper, F HAR – A tale of Elizabeth I’s closest ally and most trusted confidante, whose tale has never been told until now.

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt Beth Hoffman, F HOF – Twelve year old CeeCee Honeycutt is in trouble, but her eccentric great-aunt, Tootie Caldwell, whisks her away in her vintage Packard convertible.

Secrets of Eden Chris Bohjalian, F BOH – The murder and suicide of  Alice Hayward and her husband tortures the thoughts of her minister, Stephen Drew.

Shadow Tag Louise Erdrich, F ERD – When Irene discovers that her husband is reading her diary, she begins a secret Blue Notebook that records the truth of her life and marriage, and a Red Diary, that doesn’t.

Small Wars Sadie Jones, F JON – A major in the British Army, Hal Treherne is transferred to the British colony of Cyprus in 1956 and is soon join by his wife, Clara and their baby daughters.  As war breaks out, their family is unprepared for the resulting emotional strain.

Too Much Money Dominick Dunne, F DUN – High-society journalist, Gus Bailey, has found life to be rather unpleasant after he repeats a fake story from an unreliable source on a radio program.  The last offering from the well-known high-society journalist.

Treasure Hunt John Lescroart, F LES – Mickey Dade is initially glad to be pulled from his desk job at the private investigative service, The Hunt Club, and put on the case of the murder of Dominic Como, a high profile San Francisco activist.

True Confections Katharine Webe, rF WEB – Combine chocolate candy, a family business in turmoil, and an outsider’s perspective on it all.

The Unbearable Lightness of Scones Alexander McCall Smith, F MCC – The inimitable author returns with another episode featuring the characters of 44 Scotland Street.

Unfinished Desires Gail Godwin, F GOD – Friendship, loyalty, rivalries, redemption and memory are all captured in this novel centering on Mount St. Gabriel’s, a North Carolina all-girls school.

The Unnamed Joshua Ferris, F FER – Tim Farnsworth is a handsome, healthy man who seemingly loves his family and his work, until the day he just walks out.

Where the God of Love Hangs Out Amy Bloom, F BLO – A collection of connected stories centers on the theme of love, in its many forms and complexities.

Wild Child: Stories T.C. Boyle, F BOY – Fourteen new short stories by a noted author.

Winter Garden Kristin Hannah, F HAN – Sisters Meredith and Nina Whitson find a long hidden secret of their family after the death of their father.

The Wolf at the Door Jack Higgins, F HIG – Someone is targeting the members of an elite intelligence unit known as “the Prime Minister’s private army.”  Sean Dillon has an idea who it might be, but proving it may be a difficult task.