New fiction roundup, October 2019

October is particularly rich in short story collections from both established and new voices, and also sees the return of favorite characters with new books by Elizabeth Strout and Lee Child, and the long-awaited adult fiction debut of blockbuster YA author Leigh Bardugo.

10/1: Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson – An audacious love story weaves disparate lives together in an exploration of transhumanism, artificial intelligence, and queer love. At the Central Library Wednesday, Oct. 16.

10/1: Full Throttle by Joe Hill – Thirteen tales of supernatural suspense.

10/1: Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky – New in town, 7 -year-old Christopher vanishes for six days. When he emerges from the woods at the edge of town, he’s unharmed but not unchanged – there’s voice in his head now, whose mission he must complete in order to protect his mother and the town…

10/1: The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith – Books unfinished by their authors reside in the Library of the Unwritten in Hell, and the Librarian there tracks down restless characters who escape their stories. Librarian Claire has her hands full when a routine retrieval goes wrong.

10/1: Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory – Vivian Forest is tagging along on her daughter’s work trip to England to style a royal family member. Expecting to be dazzled by London, what she doesn’t expect is an instant attraction with the Queen’s private secretary.

10/1: The Topeka School by Ben Lerner – A family drama set in the American Midwest at the turn of the 21st century, encompassing adolescence, transgression, and the conditions that have given rise to the trolls and tyrants of the New Right.

10/8: Grand Union by Zadie Smith – A first collection of short fiction from the renowned novelist and essayist.

10/8: Here Until August by Josephine Rowe – A collection of short stories follow the fates of characters who, by choice or by force, are traveling beyond the boundaries of their known worlds.

10/8: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo – Alex, an unlikely freshman at Yale, works for a secret society responsible for keeping Yale’s other eight secret societies, and their use of magic, in check. A Peak Pick!

10/8: Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia – A handsome stranger. A dead billionaire. A citywide treasure hunt. Tuesday Mooney’s life is about to change, as she and a group of misfits race to unravel puzzles inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, and win a fortune.

10/15: Divide Me by Zero by Lara Vapnyar – An unabashedly frank and darkly comic tale of coming-of-age in middle age in which Katya Geller deals with divorce and her mother’s terminal illness by thinking back on her life so far.

10/15: The Guardians by John Grisham – Imprisoned for 22 years for a murder he says he did not commit, Quincy Miller asks for help from an innocence project led by lawyer and minister Cullen Post. Post is about to find out ruthless people want to keep Miller in jail, and won’t hesitate to kill another lawyer.

10/15: The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy – An electrifying novel about beauty, envy, and carelessness, longlisted for the Booker Prize.

10/15: Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout – Prickly Olive Kitteridge returns in 13 stories interconnected stories about love and loss. A Peak Pick!

10/15: Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha – A young Korean American woman and African American man are pulled together in the wake of a police shooting of a black teenager, in a story that reveals family secrets and community fault lines.

10/22: Agent Running in the Field by John Le Carré – A veteran spy thinks his years as an agent runner are over, until he’s placed in charge of a new rag-tag band of spies that must face the divisiveness and anger of a post-Brexit England.

10/22: All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg – Secrets come tumbling out when a family reunites at the deathbed of its patriarch during a sweltering New Orleans summer.

10/22: The Beadworkers by Beth Piatote – A debut collection of short stories set in the Northwest, exploring the inventive and unforgettable pattern of Native American life in the contemporary world.

10/29: Blue Moon by Lee Child  – Jack Reacher comes to the aid of an elderly couple, and confronts his most dangerous opponents yet. A Peak Pick!

10/29: Find Me by André Aciman – Revisiting the characters of Call Me by Your Name decades after their first meeting, Aciman continues to explore the varieties of love. A Peak Pick!

10/29: Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson – Madison agrees to care for her college friend’s stepchildren, twins who spontaneously combust when they become agitated, in this moving and uproarious novel.

Book descriptions adapted from publisher copy.

~ posted by Andrea G.

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