New Fiction Roundup – February 2018

From historical fiction to romance, mystery, and more, check out this selection of new titles coming out in February.

2/6: An American Marriage by Tayari Jones – Newlyweds Roy and Celestial are navigating their first year of marriage when Roy is sent to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. Eventually exonerated, Roy returns to a different home than he left. A novel that examines love, family, loyalty, and issues of race. A Peak Pick selection; look for it on display at your library branch!

2/6: Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday –Halliday weaves together the story of a young American editor in love with a famous older writer, and the story of an Iraqi-American man on his way to Kurdistan and stuck in an immigration holding room in Heathrow airport.

2/6: Back Talk by Danielle Lazarin – A collection of stories about women’s unexpressed desires and needs, and the unexpected ways they resurface.

2/6: Call Me Zebra by Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi – Born into an expat Iranian family of readers and autodidacts, Zebra develops a love of literature before being orphaned. Zebra sets off of a journey to reclaim her family’s history, woven together with wisdom from her literary icons.

2/6: The Friend by Sigrid Nunez – A woman’s close friend dies by suicide and leaves her his Great Dane. At risk of losing her no-pets apartment, the narrator takes the dog, forging a relationship as she grieves. Elegant, with moments of humor.

2/6: The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah – In 1974 Leni’s father, a troubled Vietnam vet, moves her family to the Alaskan wilderness hoping for a better future. When change comes to their small town, her father’s anger threatens to explode and divide the town. A Peak Pick title!

2/6: The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara – Inspired by the real House of Xtravaganza made famous by the documentary Paris is Burning, Cassara’s debut follows a cast of gay and transgender club kids in the Harlem ball scene of the 80s and 90s.

2/6: How to Stop Time by Matt Haig – Tom Hazard looks like an ordinary 41-year-old, but he’s been alive for centuries. After performing with Shakespeare, sailing the high seas with Captain Cook, and drinking cocktails with Fitzgerald, he’s moved back to London to become a high school history teacher. But it’s falling in love that may be his most dangerous adventure yet.

2/13: Ambiguity Machines by Vandana Singh – A collection of cutting edge science fiction stories that explore and celebrate this world and others from physicist and author Singh.

2/13: The Chateau by Paul Goldberg – After losing his job at the Washington Post, Bill heads to Florida to investigate the death of his college roommate, a plastic surgeon nicknamed the “Butt God of Miami,” and becomes embroiled in his elderly father’s heated condo board election in this madcap romp.

2/13: The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu – Five girls attending Camp Forevermore, a sleepaway camp in the Pacific Northwest, take a fateful overnight kayaking trip to a nearby island where they find themselves stranded. The events of that night follow them into adulthood. A Seattle author!

2/13: Sadness Is a White Bird by Moriel Rothman-Zecher – Israeli American teenager Jonathan moves to Israel with his family, preparing to serve in the Israeli army while also trying to reconcile his close relationship to Palestinian twins with his loyalties to family and country.

2/13: White Houses by Amy Bloom – Historical fiction about the close friendship and rumored love affair between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena “Hick” Hickok, a trailblazing journalist, told in Hick’s voice.

2/20: Sunburn by Laura Lippman – A pair of travelers, one of whom may be playing a dangerous psychological game with the other, embark on a steamy summertime affair that is thrown into chaos by dark secrets and a suspicious death, in a story inspired by the classics of James M. Cain. A Peak Pick!

2/27: A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole – The story of a city Cinderella, juggling grad school and multiple jobs, and her Prince Charming in disguise. First in Cole’s new Reluctant Royals series.

~ posted by Andrea G.

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