Wednesday, February 18, 2009

New Books You May Have Missed - Fiction

With so many great books being added to the Library's collection every day, it's not hard to imagine you might miss a few.

Here's a few that have come across my desk in the last few weeks, some recent publications, some re-releases but all of which caught my eye.

Biografi, by Lloyd Jones. A re-release of an earlier novel by the author who recently garnered attention for Mr. Pip. Set in Albania, Publishers Weekly called it “is equal parts travelogue, political reportage and mystery”.

The Double Hook, by Shelia Watson. New edition of the 1959 book that is considered Canada’s first modern novel.

Happy Trails to You, by Julie Hecht
. New short stories by the O. Henry Prize winner. The
book jacket claims that with these stories the author “reclaims the darkly funny, existential territory for which she is known”.

Other Lives, by AndrĂ© Brink - the book jacket describes this as “three provoative and interconnected stories from one of the world’s greatest living writers”. Brink’s latest gives great insight into life in contemporary South Africa.

The Reverend’s Apprentice, by David N. Odhiambo
. Contemporary America as seen through the eyes of an African Grad student. Odhiambo is Kenyan by birth but has lived in Canada and the US since 1977. Canadian author Lisa Moore has described him as “ultra smart and absolutely unique, alive with talent”.

A Sun for the Dying, by Jean-Claude Izzo. New from Europa Editions, which has been offering up a lot of great fiction in translation over the last few years. This story from the late French author known for his Noir fiction Marseilles Trilogy, follows a homeless man in a road journey from the North of France to the South as he tries to escape to warmer climes.

Sky Waves, by Michelle Butler Hallett - In a series of short, nonlinear chapters the up-and-coming Newfoundland author of Double-Blind and The Shadow Sign of Grace turns her satirical writing to the development of radio broadcasting in her home province.

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