New Fiction Roundup – September 2017

Eagerly awaited novels by local favorites Nancy Pearl and Jamie Ford, together with novels by Celeste Ng and National Book Award Winners James McBride and Jesmyn Ward are just a taste of the great fictional offerings in store this month.

9/5: Dinner at the Center of the Earth by Nathan Englander. A prisoner in a secret cell. The guard who watches over him. An American waitress in Paris. A young Palestinian man in Berlin. A wealthy Canadian businessman. A controversial Israeli General. These are the volatile ingredients combined in this thought-provoking political thriller.

9/5: Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land. Millie’s mom is a serial killer. Will it become a family tradition? Taut psychological suspense.

9/5: George & Lizzie by Nancy Pearl. Lizzie tends to overthink things, but George’s love for her runs simple and pure. There has to be a catch. We are thrilled to celebrate the release of Seattle’s own world famous librarian Nancy Pearl, at Town Hall this September 5th; Admission is free: don’t be late!

9/5: The Golden House by Salman Rushdie. When billionaire real-estate tycoon Nero Golden moves to Manhattan from foreign shores, he and his sons assume new identities and move into a grand mansion downtown, arousing their neighbors’ curiosity.

9/5: Sourdough by Robin Sloane. Delightful contemporary magic realist tale involving robitics, micro-oganisms, and the unique satisfactions of a really good loaf of bread.

9/5: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. Empathic Jojo and his addicted mother journey to from their gulf coast town to Parchman Farm to bring his father home, and stir up the ghosts of the past. A powerful, hauntingly lyrical Southern Gothic novel for our own times.

9/12: The Living Infinite by Chantel Acevedo. An atmospheric and gripping tale of love, adventure, power and the quest to take control of one’s destiny, based on the true story of the Spanish princess Eulalia, an outspoken firebrand at the Bourbon court during the troubled and decadent final years of her family’s reign.

9/12: A Column of Fire, by Ken Follett. In his latest epic historical saga, Follett returns to the world of The Pillars of Earth and World Without End, picking up the story in 1558 as the great cathedrals are laid waste by religious turbulence of the Tudor Age.

9/12: Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford. Vivid historical fiction set in Seattle, following the challenging life of Ernest Young from the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exibition in 1909 to the Seattle World’s Fair in 1962.

9/12: The Twelve-Mile Straight by Eleanor Henderson. This novel set in the South during the Great Depression explores race, heredity, inequality, and shame during a time of financial crisis and racialized violence.

9/12: Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss. Two disparate individuals–an older lawyer and a young novelist- are on a transcendental search that leads them to the same Israeli desert, in this wildly imaginative and darkly humorous story that seems to question the very nature of time and space.

9/12: Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke. A powerful thriller about the explosive intersection of love, race, and justice revolving around the warring allegiances of Darren Mathews, a Black Texas Ranger.

9/12: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Welcome to the idyllic, perfectly-planned suburb of Shaker Heights, Ohio, where live Mia and Pearl, a mother and daughter living an itinerant lifestyle, and the Richardsons, the perfect nuclear family in the perfect suburb…until Izzy Richardson burns her family home down.

9/26: Five-carat Soul by James McBride. A collection of brand-new stories that shine a light on McBride’s remarkable ability to create characters whom we readers fall for in so many different ways.

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