Thursday, November 3, 2011

5 Fiction Releases to Watch for in November

November is here and with it comes a new batch of books that you'll be hearing a lot more about. Here are five that piqued my interested this month, interestingly, they are all due for release on November 8th.

Time in Between (M)
by Maria Duenas

Translated from Spanish, a novel of intrigue set across Europe during and around World War II. The publisher calls it "The inspiring international bestseller of a seemingly ordinary woman who uses her talent and courage to transform herself first into a prestigious couturier and then into an undercover agent for the Allies during World War II." The library already owns the Spanish original El Tiempo entre Costuras.

The Prague Cemetery (M)
by Umberto Eco

Eco has long been associated with captivating fiction that is both intellectual and engrossing, and readers can anticipate that The Prague Cemetery will be no exception. From the publisher: "Nineteenth-century Europe—from Turin to Prague to Paris—abounds with the ghastly and the mysterious. Conspiracies rule history. Jesuits plot against Freemasons. Italian republicans strangle priests with their own intestines. French criminals plan bombings by day and celebrate Black Masses at night. Every nation has its own secret service, perpetrating forgeries, plots, and massacres. From the unification of Italy to the Paris Commune to the Dreyfus Affair to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, Europe is in tumult and everyone needs a scapegoat. But what if, behind all of these conspiracies both real and imagined, lay one lone man? What if that evil genius created its most infamous document?"

The Sisters (M)
by Nancy Jensen

A sweeping multi-generational tale that begins with two sisters in the 1920s. Their mother dies in their youth, their stepfather is not to be trusted and an event when they are in their teens has repercussions that echo throughout their lives. The publisher proclaims "In the tradition of Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping and Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge, a dazzling debut novel about the family bonds that remain even when they seem irretrievably torn apart."

The Boy in the Suitcase (M)
by Lene Kaaberol

Here's another bestselling Scandinavian thriller translated to English in hopes of catching Steig Larsson fans asking themselves what do I read now? This time the setting is Denmark, the main character is a nurse named Nina Borg and the story revolves around the dark world of child trafficking. First in a trilogy that Library Journal notes was the "winner of the 2008 Harald Mogensen award for Best Danish Crime Novel and a finalist for the Scandinavian Glass Key Award (losing to Stieg Larsson) ... a must for Scandinavian crime fiction aficionados."

11/22/63 (M)
by Stephen King

A new Stephen King is pretty much always an event: King has long been known as an imaginative writer of horror, who asks big questions through fantastical tales. In this novel he turns his writing skills to a real historical event: the assassination of JFK. A novel that combines King's skill at fast paced, suspenseful writing with the mysteries and implications of time travel, and nuanced detail of life in 1950s and 60s America. At 864 pages, it's a big read, but one that's sure to keep pages turning.

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