New Fiction – October 2009

The Confessions of Edward Day Valerie Martin, F MAR – Edward Day is a New York actor in the 1970’s who life in changed after he is saved from drowning off the Jersey shore.

Day After Night Anita Diamant, F DIA – Based on the true story of the October 1945 rescue of more than two hundred prisoners from an internment camp, as told through the eyes of four young women.

Down in the Flood Kenneth Abel, F ABE – Former New Orleans prosecutor Danny Chaisson’s latest case is bid-rigging. But a gathering storm named Katrina blasts his world apart.

An Echo in the Bone Diana Gabaldon, F GAL – The continuation of the story of the 18th century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th century wife, Claire Randall.

Fear the Worst Linwood Barclay, F BAR – Tim Blake’s desperate search for his daughter leads him into a dark world of corruption, exploitation, and murder.

A Gate at the Stairs Lorrie Moore, F MOO – A much heralded novel.  The author’s first in over a decade, focuses on the anxiety and disconnection of post 9/11 America.

Her Fearful Symmetry Audrey Niffenegger, F NIF – The author of The Time Traveler’s Wife, opens her new book with a letter that alters the fate of every character.  Great reviews.

Homer & Langley E.L. Doctorow, F DOC – Homer and Langley are brothers living as recluses in their once grand New York Fifth Avenue mansion, but the epic events of the century seem to pass through their cluttered house.

The Hunted Brian Haig, F HAI – Kidnapped, beaten and forced to relinquish his business and his fortune, Alex Konevitch escapes from Russia to the United States, only to be accused by his own government of stealing millions.

Inherent Vice Thomas Pynchon, F PYN – The psychedelic 60’s in L.A. finds Doc Sportello helping an ex-girlfriend who’s in love with a land developer who might be the target of a kidnapping.  Paranoia runs deep.

Intervention Robin Cook, F COO – New York City medical examiner, Jack Stapleton is featured in a vintage Cook thriller that involves DNA science, biotechnology and religion.

Juliet, Naked Nick Hornby, F HOR – What happens when a washed-up musician looks for another chance?  As he releases the acoustic version of his greatest album, Juliet, Tucker Crowe is about to find out.

Little Bird of Heaven Joyce Carol Oates, F OAT – When Zoe Kruller is found murdered, the police target two suspects, her estranged husband Delray Kruller and her longtime lover, Eddy Diehl.

The Magicians Lev Grossman, F GRO – High school senior, Quentin Coldwater loves a series of fantasy novels set in an enchanted land called Fillory.  Unexpectedly, he finds himself admitted to a secret college of magic in upstate New York.

Mercury in Retrograde Paula Froelich, F FRO – When mercury is in retrograde, the only guarantee is that anything that can go wrong, will.

No Time to Wave Goodbye Jacquelyn Mitchard, F MIT – The Cappadora family, first introduced in The Deep End of the Ocean, are confronted once again with the terrible events of the past.

Once on a Moonless Night Dai Sijie, F DAI – The author of Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress returns with a tale of love and the power of a lost language.

Prospect Park West Amy Sohn, F SOH – Four stay-at-home mom (“sahms”) provide entertaining drama in this tale of an upscale Brooklyn neighborhood.

The Puzzle King Betsy Carter, F CAR – Simon Phelps and Flora Grossman find their way to New York City before World War II and become the last hope of their families’ escape from Europe.

Rebel Yell Alice Randall, F RAN – Arden Jones, Jr. an eminent black conservative and White House advocate at the Pentagon, collapses at the Rebel Yell restaurant.

Resurrecting Midnight Eric Jerome Dickey, F DIC – International assassin Gideon is in Argentina facing his fiercest adversary yet.

A Separate Country Robert Hicks, F HIC – The author of The Widow of the South returns to the tumultuous years following the Civil War, with the love story of Confederate general John Bell Hood and his wife, Anna Marie.

Short Girls Bich Minh Nguyen, F NGU – The author Stealing Buddha’s Dinner tells the story of Van and Linny Luong, two sisters who share a secret, but are unable to confide in each other.

South of Broad Pat Conroy, F CON – The author’s long awaited novel, his first in fourteen years, features a changing southern culture through the stories of a group of teenagers who face the future in 1969.

The Spire Richard North Patterson, F PAT – Mark Darrow becomes a college president of his alma mater,  and then begins to investigate a long-ago murder that was allegedly committed by his best friend.

Vanished Joseph Finder, F FIN – Roger Heller vanishes after he and his wife are attacked.  The only one who has a chance of finding him is his brother, Nick, an investigator with a private intelligence firm.

The White Queen Philippa Gregory, F GRE – The author of The Other Boleyn Girl begins a new series set amid the feuds of England known as the Wars of the Roses.

The Year of the Flood Margaret Atwood, F ATW – An inventive apocalyptic novel by the author of The Handmaid’s Tale.