New Fiction Roundup – September 2018

9/4: The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory – When her boyfriend surprises her with a Jumbotron proposal at a baseball game, Nik says no, and is saved when a stranger steps in to whisk her away. That stranger is Carlos, and could there be a spark between the two?

9/4: The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker – Set in the midst of literature’s most famous war, Barker imagines the events of The Iliad as experienced by the captured women living in a Greek camp in the final weeks of the Trojan War.

9/11: She Would Be King by Wayétu Moore – In a novel shot through with magical realism, Moore reimagines the dramatic story of Liberia’s early years through three characters who share an uncommon bond. A Peak Pick!

9/18: 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle – Agatha Christie meets Groundhog Day in this literary puzzle. Evelyn Hardcastle dies at a party Aiden Bishop is attending. Waking up the next morning, Aiden finds it is once again the morning of the party, only he is in the body of a different guest. He’ll inhabit 8 people on that day, until he can solve the crime.

9/18: The Labyrinth of the Spirit by Carlos Ruiz Zafón – In the conclusion to the series that began with The Shadow of the Wind Alicia Gris, supported by the Sempere family, uncovers one of the most shocking conspiracies in Spanish history.

9/18: Lethal White by Robert Galbraith – In this fourth outing featuring PI Cormoran Strike and assistant Robin Ellacott, a young man asks them to investigate a crime he thinks he saw as a child, sending the duo off on a twisting trail from London’s backstreets to Parliament.

9/18: Rosewater by Tade Thompson – Rosewater, Nigeria is a town on the edge, formed around a mysterious alien biodome rumored to have healing powers. For some, the proximity imbues them with special powers of the mind. When a strange illness begins killing those people, government agent Kaaro must face his dark history and investigate.

9/18: Time’s Convert by Deborah Harkness – Returning to the world of her All Souls trilogy, Harkness tells the story of vampire geneticist Matthew de Clermont and his sire, from Revolutionary America to contemporary London.

9/18: Washington Black by Esi Edugyan – Pulled from the fields of a Barbados sugar plantation to be a manservant, young George Washington “Wash” Black trains as a naturalist until falsely accused of a crime.

9/18: We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix – In this supernatural thriller Kris Pulaski, the washed-up guitarist of a ‘90s heavy metal band, embarks on an epic road-trip across America and discovers a sinister Faustian bargain entered into by her fellow bandmates.

9/25: Waiting for Eden by Elliot Ackerman – After his Humvee exploded in Iraq, veteran Eden Malcolm lies speechless and immobile, trapped in his own mind. The novel is narrated by a fellow soldier, who died in that Humvee, and who relates what is in Eden’s mind and what happened before the explosion.

9/25: Transcription by Kate Atkinson – In World War II London, Juliet Armstrong works as an espionage monitor for MI5. Ten years later, that work long behind her, she is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past and once more under threat. A Peak Pick!

~ posted by Andrea G.

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