On Sunday, February 1st, I posted a list of eight debut books I’m excited about. Read about it here. Now I’m back to feature seven more novels and two short story collections from favorite authors with their latest feat. (Links and blurbs from Goodreads)
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (Feb. 3) I’ve read several books by Hannah when I was in my first adult book club. Firefly Lane, Night Road and Distant Shores all have the elements for great book club picks. But I was burnt out of Contemporary “Chick-Lit” fiction at some point so I haven’t picked up a Hannah book since. I’m happy to see her return with something not typical for her: Historical Fiction.“The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France.”
The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson (Feb. 3) “A modern reimagining of Patricia Highsmith’s classic Strangers on a Train.” Ok, SOLD!
Funny Girl by Nick Hornby (Feb 3.) “Set in 1960’s London, Funny Girl is a lively account of the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from provincial ingénue to television starlet amid a constellation of delightful characters.”
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler (Feb. 10) I have never read anything by Pulitzer Prize winning Tyler but 2015 is her 50th year celebration as a writer and I might just pick up this Book Club buzz book. “This capacious novel takes us across three generations of the Whitshanks, their shared stories and long-held secrets, all the unguarded and richly lived moments that combine to define who and what they are as a family“.
The Last Good Paradise by Tatjana Soli (Feb. 10.) “A novel set on an island resort, where guests attempting to flee their troubles realize they can’t escape who they are.” The reviews are on the low side for this new release from the author of The Lotus Eaters. But that hasn’t stopped me before. Maybe the allure of escaping to an island resort has swayed me this blizzard-y week.
A Touch of Stardust by Kate Alcott (Feb. 17) This Historical Fiction novel takes you behind the scenes of the filming of Gone With the Wind and the somewhat forbidden relationship between Clark Gable and Carole Lombard. I’m intrigued.
I Am Radar by Reif Larsen (Feb. 24) I can’t do this book a decent pitch. Just read the synopsis linked to the title. But here is a bit to sum up what this book is about: “…revealing that beneath our apparent differences, unseen harmonies secretly unite our lives. Drawing on the furthest reaches of quantum physics, forgotten history, and mind-bending art, Larsen’s I Am Radar is a triumph of storytelling at its most primal, elegant, and epic: a breathtaking journey through humanity’s darkest hours only to arrive at a place of shocking wonder and redemption.”
And of course, the short story collections:
Get In Trouble: Stories by Kelly Link (Feb. 3) Short stories with fantasy, sci-fi and horror “but as fantastical as these stories can be, they are always grounded by sly humor and an innate generosity of feeling for the frailty–and the hidden strengths–of human beings”.
There’s Something I Want You To Do: Stories by Charles Baxter (Feb. 3) It’s been fifteen years since his last collection and the premise for these stories has me interested! “These interrelated stories are arranged in two sections, one devoted to virtues (“Bravery,” “Loyalty,” “Chastity,” “Charity,” and “Forbearance”) and the other to vices (“Lust,” “Sloth,” “Avarice,” “Gluttony,” and “Vanity”).”