New Fiction Roundup – October 2018

10/2: Gone So Long by Andre Dubus III – An ex-con living a solitary life in seaside New England travels to a quaint Florida town in search of his estranged daughter.

10/2: A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult – Unwinding backward in time, Picoult unfolds a hostage situation at a Mississippi women’s clinic told from the points of view of the gunman, the hostage negotiator, patients, clinic staff, and a right to life advocate. A Peak Pick!

10/2: Virgil Wander by Leif Enger – When Virgil Wander’s car flies off the road into icy Lake Superior, he emerges alive but with altered memory and language, and returns to his faded industrial town with a new perspective. A timeless story that follows the inhabitants of a small Midwestern town in their quest to revive its flagging heart.

10/2: Zero Sum Game by S.L. Huang – In this near-future science fiction thriller, Cas Russell wields her math skills like a superpower, using vector calculus to dodge bullets and beat up armed men. She’s used to being the only one with a superpower, and then she finds someone with a power more dangerous than her own: the ability to control minds.

10/9: Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller – An architect spending the summer of 1969 is a ramshackle English country mansion discovers a peephole that allows her to observe her downstairs neighbors, entangling her in their glamorous, hedonistic, sinister lives.

10/9: The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton – The story of a love affair and a mysterious murder that cast their shadows across generations, set in England from the 1860s until the present day.

10/9: Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami – a 30-something painter holes up in the mountain home of a famous artist, where he discovers a painting that will take him on a wild journey that involves a mysterious ringing bell, a dapper businessman, a precocious 13-year-old girl, a Nazi assassination attempt during World War II, and more.

10/9: Training School for Negro Girls by Camille Acker – This collection of short stories pays tribute to Washington D.C. Each of the 11 short stories centers on the life of a black woman, from a TSA agent to a girl learning piano to a teacher caught up in a mayoral race, navigating life’s “training school” while fighting to create their own sense of self.

10/9: The Witch Elm by Tana French – After being attacked in his apartment Toby suffers from memory loss and moves in with his Uncle Hugo on the family estate. When a human skull is found in the hollow of a witch elm on the property, Toby starts digging into family secrets that might be better left buried. French’s first standalone novel outside her the Dublin Murder Squad is also a Peak Pick!

10/16: Evergreen Tidings from the Baumgartners by Gretchen Anthony – A formidable matriarch learns the hard way that no family is perfect when her daughter reveals a shocking secret at a retirement party.

10/16: In the House in the Dark of the Woods by Laird Hunt – A Puritan woman wanders deep in the woods of colonial New England, and soon faces the supernatural horrors that had only been stories up until then.

10/16: Melmoth by Sarah Perry – Helen, an English translator working in Prague, disregard the resurgence of the legend of Melmoth the Witness, a dark presence who travels through the ages dooming those she persuades to join her to a damnation of solitude. Helen shrugs the fantasy off, until her friend Karel disappears…

10/16: Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver – Centered on a ramshackle house in Vineland, NJ, Kingsolver weaves together the story of Willa Knox, who recently lost her job when the magazine she worked at folded, and is now researching her house’s history; and Thatcher Greenwood, the home’s owner in the 1860s. A Peak Pick!

10/23: Little by Edward Carey – The wry, macabre, unforgettable tale of an ambitious orphan in Revolutionary Paris, befriended by royalty and radicals, who transforms herself into the legendary Madame Tussaud.

10/23: The Reckoning by John Grisham – In Clanton, Mississippi, World War II hero Pete Banning  murders a local pastor and refuses to explain his actions during trial.

10/30: Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly – In this crossover between Connelly’s new Renee Ballard series and his long-running Harry Bosch series, Renee and Harry team up to seek justice for a murdered runaway in Hollywood. A Peak Pick!

10/30: Elevation by Stephen King – Returning to the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine, a man’s mysterious affliction brings a small town together. A Peak Pick!

10/30: Family Trust by Kathy Wang – Stanley Huang, patriarch of a wealthy first-generation Chinese American family, is dying of cancer. His family, all a little less successful than they’d like, are jockeying for his money while contending with family dynamics and personal complications.

10/30: The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory – When an unwelcome public proposal on the Jumbotron at a Dodgers game doesn’t turn into a happy ending, Nikole Paterson finds a rebound in a helpful L.A. doctor.

~ posted by Andrea G.

One thought on “New Fiction Roundup – October 2018”

  1. I read Clockmakers Daughter and I loved it. Other books that I’m excited for but aren’t on this list are Transcription by Kate Atkinson and The Silence of the Girls

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