The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
I wonder if David Mitchell likes the fact that when he publishes a novel, it’s an event. I mean, suddenly everyone is talking about his work. Everyone is either full-on loving it or not getting it at all.
The Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker
Already a publishing sensation in Europe, Joel Dicker’s The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair is one of those books everyone has been talking about.
The Unwitting by Ellen Feldman
Set against the tumultuous backdrop of the Cold War as it was experienced in the United States, we join young magazine writer Nell Benjamin on November 22, 1963, as she gets some distressing news.
The Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill
Watching a marriage grind to its painful, soul-shattering conclusion should not hold moments of strong wit. Yet Jenny Offill’s shimmering second novel not only manages this, it elevates domestic fiction to its highest possible form.
The Lost Sisterhood by Anne Fortier
Though it felt like a long wait since Juliet, Anne Fortier’s 2010 debut, The Lost Sisterhood is absolutely worth it. Once again we have stunning historical detail, though this time with a strong thread of fantasy: or so many of us have been led to believe.
Night in Shanghai by Nicole Mones
Kiriyama Prize contending author Nicole Mones mixes things up deeply in her fourth novel, Night in Shanghai.
The Forever Girl by Alexander McCall Smith
Fans of Alexander McCall Smith’s internationally beloved Ladies Detective Agency novels may find themselves confused by his latest book. Not an entry in either of McCall’s long-running series, The Forever Girl explores the nature and nuance of love through interlinked stories involving a couple and their daughter.
All That Is by James Salter
A soldier returns from battles on the Pacific front and applies what he learned in WWII to the gritty world of publishing in New York City. Salter’s prose is startlingly muscular and economical. Sometimes there’s little on the page beyond raw power.
Happy Mutant Baby Pills by Jerry Stahl
Jerry Stahl throws a bucket of acid in the face of corporate America with Happy Mutant Baby Pills, his rant-raving eighth novel.
Death of the Black-Haired Girl by Robert Stone
Robert Stone might be one of the best and last of the postwar literary adventure writers.
A Christmas Hope by Anne Perry
This is Perry’s 11th Victorian Christmas mystery and, like the others that have come before, it is charming and dependable. Pretty much, really, just the way Christmas should be.
The Theory of Opposites by Allison Winn Scotch
There’s something pleasing about fiction that focuses on the premise of a self-help book that actually helps.
Lazy Days by Erlend Loe
If anything, Lazy Days is even more quirky and subversive and (okay, I’ll just say it) funny than Erlend Loe’s previous book, Doppler. The premise is dark… especially for a book so comedic.
Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock illustrated by Seth
Humorist and professor of economics, Stephen Leacock was born in 1869 and died in 1944. Today in Canadian literary circles, his name is synonymous with the sort of sharp, smart humor associated with him through an award that bears his name given annually since 1947 to the “best work of humorous literature in English by a Canadian writer.”
Dying is My Business by Nicholas Kaufmann
Imagine that you can not die. That no matter what you did -- or did not do -- after your final breath, another would come. If this were the case, it might determine the course of your whole life: or what was left of it.
The River and Enoch O’Reilly by Peter Murphy
The River and Enoch O’Reilly was published in January in the UK as Shall We Gather at the River. Whatever name it is flogged under, the work is assured, poignant and slyly funny.
Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
Jamie Ford’s second novel is exactly what you’re hoping to find when you pick up a family saga. It’s what you hope to find, but so seldom do.