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.