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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.

You Knew Me When by Emily Liebert
Liebert tells her story compellingly and draws her characters so very well. Still have a bit of beach time to squeeze out of this summer? You Knew Me When would make for a terrific seaside companion.

Night Film by Marisha Pessl
This massively entertaining dream of a novel is something you experience.

Blood & Beauty by Sarah Dunant
Those who love their historical fiction blended up with the searing accuracy of solid research blended with a storyteller’s flare for the dramatic will love Sarah Dunant’s Blood & Beauty.

Island Girls by Nancy Thayer
It would perhaps be an over-statement to call Nancy Thayer queen of the beach read. Even so, 16 novels into a fantastic career, one would not go far in saying that about the Nantucket-based author.

The Boleyn King by Laura Anderson
What if Anne Boleyn had given her king a son? That’s the premise of this debut novel from an author who seems likely to give the likes of Phillipa Gregory and Alison Weir a run for their Tudors.

Apocalypse Cow by Michael Logan
“Forget the cud, they want blood!” Somehow that coverline puts the nature of Apocalypse Cow, Scottish journalist Michael Logan’s debut novel, into perspective.

Is This Tomorrow by Caroline Leavitt
Caroline Leavitt’s 10th novel is a triumph of light and dark. The story at times brings to mind Dennis Lehane’s masterful Mystic River: a missing child, Boston, and the shocking darkness of the human heart, starkly glimpsed.

A Dual Inheritance by Joanna Hershon
This is Hershon’s fourth novel, after The German Bride, Swimming and The Outside of August. This may be the best of a very good bunch. A Dual Inheritance is a stunning and accomplished read.

The Hope Factory by Lavanya Sankaran
Imagine the creation of an author who lives in Bangalore, studied at Bryn Mawr and has lived in NYC.

Dark Tide by Elizabeth Haynes
Anyone who has ever taken part in Nanowrimo -- National Novel Writing Month -- and wondered what was possible need wonder no more. If ever there was a best case scenario, Elizabeth Haynes has lived it/is living it.

The Way of the Dog by Sam Savage
From the anonymous shadow of the living room window in his crumbling mansion, an old man watches the world. Once an uncelebrated painted and a collector of art, Harold Nivenson seems to witness the changing of the world while he himself feels oddly unchanged, impacted only by his past.

Tiger Rag by Nicholas Christopher
You know it’s going to be a good year in fiction when the very first book you read in the year has the fine, sweet notes of Nicholas Christopher’s searing and beautiful Tiger Rag.

As Close As You’ll Ever Be
by Seamus Scanlon
Seamus Scanlon’s 23 stunning tales in his debut collection, As Close As You’ll Ever Be, feature prize winners among them. About a third have appeared in literary magazines.

Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman
Those who love to start into a new year with a book substantial enough to do some damage when dropped on their foot will enjoy Sharon Kay Penman’s critically acclaimed Lionheart.

Me and the Devil by Nick Tosches
You’ll be relieved to learn that rumors you may have heard concerning Nick Tosches writing a vampire novel aren’t quite true, not that Tosches couldn’t have set that genre straight.

Husk by Corey Redekop
No one watching such things in Canada doubts his voice or his vision: Corey Redekop has emerged as one of the writers to pay attention to over the coming few years.

Invisible by Carla Buckley
Carla Buckley’s particular blend of domestic drama and suburban suspense is quickly building her a staunch following.

The Judge and the Lady by Marlyn Horsdal
Author, editor and one-time publisher, Marlyn Horsdal, pulls a page out of British Columbian history for her latest novel, The Judge and the Lady.

Fifty Shames of Earl Grey by Fanny Merkin
The title warns you not to expect high art and, in case you were ever in doubt, the cover confirms it. Yes, this is a parody of Fifty Shades of Grey. Of course it is. But there is a surprise or two left in store: in a market that seems clotted with mashups and parodies, Fifty Shames of Earl Grey actually exceeds all expectations.

A Book of Horrors edited by Stephen Jones
The purpose of the anthology A Book of Horrors would seem to be, at least in part, to take a stab back at all those sparkly vampires.

Doppler by Erlend Loe
In a world gone mad for all literature with the smack of Scandanavia, Doppler seems at first like a sharply sweet joke.

The Little House Books: The Library of America Collection by Laura Ingalls Wilder, edited by Caroline Fraser
In 2012, books are easy and everywhere. They are downloadable and sometimes disposable. And even while the world goes mad and the book world rocks on its heels, there has never been a time where the entire planet has been more literate. And I can’t imagine there’s ever been a time when we talk about books quite this much.

The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro
The Art Forger is one hell of a novel. This thriller by B.A. Shapiro is set in the world of fine art -- the finest, actually. It’s a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes of museums and throughout the art business.

The Twelve by Justin Cronin
This time around, Cronin has shaken things up a bit. If you’re expecting The Twelve to simply pick up where The Passage left off, I’ve got some bad news for you.

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
It’s hardly news that The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling’s first novel intended for adult readers, emerged last week at the top of the charts. And yet news it is.

The Emperor of Paris by CS Richardson
It will surprise no one who knows this backstory at all that CS Richardson’s second novel, The Emperor of Paris is an exceedingly beautiful book.

Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick
Heading Out to Wonderful is exactly that. Wonderful. That is, it’s filled with wonder. Robert Goolrick, author of A Reliable Wife, has once again dug beneath the surface of lives, unearthing mystery and motive that, when combined, drive this impressive, hypnotic tale relentlessly forward.

Capital by John Lanchester
The main character in John Lanchester’s new novel is a once down-at-the-heel London Street.

Magnified World by Grace O’Connell
Much is made of the zircon stones used by the protagonist’s mother in Magnified World in order to kill herself. She fills her pockets with them, then wades into the Don River, weighted down like some new age Canadian Virginia Woolf.

Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon
Imagine Bridget Jones a couple of decades on and the “happily ever after” has turned into “another day of this?” and that will get you pretty close to the basic headspace in Wife 22.

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