Articles tagged "literary fiction"
4 3 2 1 is Paul Auster’s first novel in seven years and it is huge—literally! This bildungsroman follows Archibald Isaac Ferguson, born March 3, 1947 in Newark, NJ as his life splits into four different simultaneous parallel lives.
4 3 2 1 is one of Kirkus Reviews‘s Most Anticipated Books of 2017 and has three starred reviews:
“Auster’s first novel in seven years is nothing if not ambitious: a four-part invention, more than 800 pages, that follows the life (or lives) of Archie Ferguson. With this novel, Auster reminds us that not just life, but also narrative is always conditional, that it only appears inevitable after the fact.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Auster has been turning readers’ heads for three decades, bending the conventions of storytelling, blurring the line between fiction and autobiography, infusing novels with literary and cinematic allusions, and calling attention to the art of storytelling itself, not with cool, intellectual remove, but rather with wonder, gratitude, daring, and sly humor. He now presents his most capacious, demanding, eventful, suspenseful, erotic, structurally audacious, funny, and soulful novel to date. A paean to youth, desire, books, creativity, and unpredictability, it is a four-faceted bildungsroman and an Ars Poetica, in which Auster elucidates his devotion to literature and art. …[A] virtuoso, magnanimous, and ravishing opus.”
— Booklist, starred & spotlight review
“Fusing the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics with the bildungsroman literary genre, Auster illuminates how the discrete moments in one’s life form the plot points of a sprawling narrative, rife with possibility.”
— Library Journal, starred review
We’ve got awards & acclaim for today’s #BookBday titles:
WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS by Anna-Marie McLemore
Longlisted for the 2016 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature and three starred reviews! From Morris Award finalist Anna-Marie McLemore comes a second stunning novel tinged with magic, about a girl with roses that grow from her wrist who happens to be hiding the truth, a boy with past secrets who paints moons and hangs them in trees, and four sisters rumored to be witches, who could ruin them both. “With luminous prose infused with Latino folklore and magical realism, this mixes fairy-tale ingredients with the elegance of a love story, with all of it rooted in a deeply real sense of humanity. Lovely, necessary, and true.” — Booklist, starred review
ALL THAT MAN IS by David Szalay
Shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize & an October 2016 Indie Next pick! “Szalay delivers a kaleidoscopic portrayal of nine men at various stages in their lives, each in the throes of extraordinary change. Szalay’s riveting prose and his consummate command of structure illuminate the individual while exploring society’s unsettling complexity.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review readmoreremove
It’s not every day that #1 New York Times bestselling authors Kristin Hannah & Liane Moriarty stop by your office, but when they do, you get them to sign books!
To enter the giveaway, simply email Library@MacmillanUSA.com from your professional/library-issued e-mail address (subject: NIGHTINGALE/TMG giveaway) by Sunday, Oct. 16. Make sure to include your library’s mailing address to be placed in the random drawing. Read on for the fine print. Good luck!
UPDATE 10/17/16: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winners:
Gregg Winsor, Johnson County Library, Overland Park KS
Becky Greer, Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library, Ruskin FL
Joan Laderberg, Wahab Public Law Library, Virginia Beach VA
Melissa Searles, GEP Dodge Library, Bennington NH
Jill Johnson, Jefferson Middle School Library, Aurora IL
Laura Jones, Argos Community Schools, Argos IL
We’re seeing many stars for these great genre reads:
BY GASLIGHT by Steven Price
“With its intricate cat-and-mouse game, array of idiosyncratic characters, and brooding atmosphere, BY GASLIGHT has much to please fans of both classic suspense and Victorian fiction.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“The author’s blend of quest, grief, betrayal, and the mysteries of identity will appeal to readers of literary crime fiction.” — Library Journal, starred review
BLACK WATER by Louise Doughty
“Another morally and emotionally fraught thriller from British writer Doughty (APPLE TREE YARD), this one about an operative for an Amsterdam-based black-ops organization grappling with fallout from his personal and professional history in Indonesia. Powerful, probing fiction in the tradition of Graham Greene and John le Carré.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Doughty takes a page from John le Carré, crafting a riveting, psychological, morally ambiguous tale. Harper’s backstory is richly detailed, and his budding relationship with Rita is convincing. Finally, the role of mercenaries in world affairs adds a new perspective to the spy novel genre.” — Library Journal, starred review
DESOLATION FLATS by Andrew Hunt
“Set in 1938, Hunt’s outstanding third mystery featuring Mormon policeman Art Oveson (after A KILLING IN ZION) combines a moving portrayal of a man attempting to deal with his wife’s depression with a clever whodunit story line. The richness of the characters, including secondary ones, and the imaginative plot make this the best yet in the series.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“[A] knockout of a novel… so powerful it can be taken as a stand-alone. The real magic here, though, is the author’s ability to make this ordinary man so fascinating. Credit Hunt’s writing. Like his hero, it’s only plain on the surface.” — Booklist, starred review
Download, read, and nominate your favorite December 2016 AND January 2017 titles for the January 2017* LibraryReads list!
*Nominations are due November 20! Click here for the full list of 2017 deadlines.
THE DRY by Jane Harper
“Luke lied. You lied. Be at the funeral.”
This is the note Federal Agent Aaron Falk receives after hearing that his childhood best friend Luke has been found dead after committing a terrible crime in Jane Harper’s first mystery. When Falk reluctantly returns to his hometown amid the worst drought in a century to see if there’s more to Luke’s death than there seems to be, a long-buried mystery from Falk’s past resurfaces and he finds that small towns have always hidden big secrets.
“A stunner… It’s a small-town, big-secrets page-turner with a shocker of an ending… Recommend this one to fans of James Lee Burke and Robert Crais, who mix elements of ‘bromance’ into their hard-boiled tales.” — Booklist, starred review
THE NOWHERE MAN by Gregg Hurwitz
In “bestseller Hurwitz’s stellar sequel to 2016’s ORPHAN X,”* Evan Smoak, a.k.a. “The Nowhere Man,” is captured, drugged, and spirited off to a remote location, heavily guarded from all approaches. His captors think they have Evan trapped and helpless, but they don’t realize that they’ve locked themselves in with one of the deadliest and most resourceful Orphans. “Evan’s efforts to elude Van Sciver and company will keep readers on the edge of their seats, but it’s Hurwitz’s engaging, sympathetic characters who place this thriller above the pack.” — *Publishers Weekly, starred review
THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS by Laurie Frankel
Based on Frankel’s own experience as the mother of a transgender second-grader, THIS IS HOW IT ALWAYS IS is the story of a family whose youngest son decides he wants to be a girl and passes as Poppy… until she doesn’t. “A big, brave, messy modern family struggles with the challenges of raising a transgender child. As thought-provoking a domestic novel as we have seen this year.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “This is How it Always Is”*
BEHIND HER EYES by Sarah Pinborough
“Pinborough, an accomplished author of horror, mysteries, dark fantasy, and psychological suspense, has drawn on all her gifts to tell her latest story, a masterpiece of suspense centered on a bad marriage. Give this intense book to patrons freely, but especially target those who are fatigued with the current spate of female-driven psychological suspense. It will be enough to shake things up for them (it even has a hashtag campaign, #WTFThatEnding).”
— Booklist, starred review
Oh what a lovely day for a #BookBday!
CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD by Alexander Weinstein
An ABA Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce selection, an October 2016 Indie Next pick, and a Barnes & Noble Fall 2016 Discover Great New Writers selection with THREE starred reviews! “[A] mind-blowing debut collection of stealthily speculative stories… Weinstein’s brilliantly original, witty, and provocative tales explore the malleability of memory and self, the fragility of intimacy and nature, forging a ravishingly powerful, cautionary vision.” — Booklist, starred review
A WHOLE LIFE by Robert Seethaler
Shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize and a Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce pick! Set in the mid-twentieth century and told with beauty and tenderness, this is a story of man’s relationship with an ancient landscape, of the value of solitude, of the arrival of the modern world, and above all, of the moments that make us who we are. “Poignant… Readers will discover in his contained prose a vehicle for keen insight and observation. ” — Publishers Weekly readmoreremove
The October 2016 Indie Next list includes two Macmillan titles!
CHILDREN OF THE NEW WORLD by Alexander Weinstein
An ABA Summer/Fall 2016 Indies Introduce selection and a Barnes & Noble Fall 2016 Discover Great New Writers selection with THREE starred reviews! “[A] mind-blowing debut collection of stealthily speculative stories… Weinstein’s brilliantly original, witty, and provocative tales explore the malleability of memory and self, the fragility of intimacy and nature, forging a ravishingly powerful, cautionary vision.” — Booklist, starred review
ALL THAT MAN IS by David Szalay
Longlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize! “Szalay delivers a kaleidoscopic portrayal of nine men at various stages in their lives, each in the throes of extraordinary change. Szalay’s riveting prose and his consummate command of structure illuminate the individual while exploring society’s unsettling complexity.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
Buzzfeed wants you to turn over a new (autumn) leaf with “21 Incredible New Books You Need To Read This Fall,” including these three Macmillan titles:
THE STORY OF A BRIEF MARRIAGE by Anuk Arudpragasam
Anuk Arudpragasam’s immersive debut novel THE STORY OF A BRIEF MARRIAGE is set two and a half decades into the Sri Lankan civil war, where Dinesh, a Tamil refugee, is approached by an old man with a proposal that could change his life: If he marries the man’s daughter Ganga, they would both have a better shot at safety and a less violent future. A portrait of life touched by war and despair, THE STORY OF A BRIEF MARRIAGE is the tale of two strangers suddenly thrust into a strange new relationship.
HERE I AM by Jonathan Safran Foer
HERE I AM, Jonathan Safran Foer’s first novel in 11 years, looks at one family in Washington, D.C., over the course of four weeks of crisis: As the Blochs’ marriage falls apart, so does the Middle East when a natural disaster has devastating consequences for Israel. HERE I AM explores religious identity, responsibility, faith, familial relationships, and what it means to be Jewish-American; an ambitious work. readmoreremove
Download, read, and nominate your favorite titles for the November 2016* LibraryReads list!
*Nominations are due September 20! Click here for the full list of 2016 deadlines.
TO CAPTURE WHAT WE CANNOT KEEP by Beatrice Colin
Set against the construction of the Eiffel Tower, this novel charts the relationship between a young widow and an engineer who, despite constraints of class and wealth, fall in love. “Hauntingly melancholic in places, Colin’s story moves like wisps of fog through Parisian streets, capturing moments of both gaiety and tragedy. This exquisitely written, shadowy historical novel will appeal to a wide variety of readers, including fans of the Belle Époque.” — Library Journal, starred review
Available on NetGalley. To be pre-approved for an e-galley, please email email@example.com with the subject “To Capture What We Cannot Keep.”*
THIS HOUSE IS MINE by Dörte Hansen
A bestseller in Germany, Hansen’s debut novel is about two strong-willed and very different women who have a connection around a special old house: Vera, a refugee who arrived from East Prussia in 1945, and her niece Anne, who shows up at the house 60 years later with her small son. “Hansen makes this story about the process of healing affecting, real, and memorable.” — Publishers Weekly
NORMAL by Warren Ellis
In this provocative near-future techno-thriller, a foresight strategist (a.k.a.: people who think about geoengineering and smart cities and ways to evade Our Coming Doom) arrives at Normal Head in the wilds of Oregon to unplug and recover, when a patient goes missing from his locked bedroom, leaving nothing but a pile of insects in his wake. “A crackling, funny, and frightening horror story from a unique voice in genre lit.” — Kirkus Reviews
THE INHERITANCE by Charles Finch
“In the 10th installment of this Victorian-era series, a Member of Parliament–turned–private detective gets the chance to solve a 30-year-old mystery that involves his boyhood friend. Finch impressively raises the stakes of this tale between tea settings, and his character development is top-notch.” — Kirkus Reviews
UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN by Keigo Higashino
Two starred reviews! From acclaimed international bestseller and LibraryReads author Higashino comes a compelling story of a twenty-year-old murder, two teenagers linked by the crime, and a detective’s obsession to finally uncover the truth. “Edgar-nominated Higashino revisits the dangerous codependence of bonds forged in murder with this complex, elegant psychological thriller. A starkly rendered portrayal of modern Japanese culture that will draw fans of fellow Japanese thriller master Natsuo Kirino’s novels and the haunting Scandinavian tales of Karin Fossum.” — Booklist, starred review
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