2015 Fiction




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Fortune Smiles: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812997477
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Published: Random House - August 18th, 2015

Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Orphan Master’s Son moves from strength to strength in his first, National Book Award winning, short story collection.  All of these stories are strong and dark—just the way I like my chocolate—ranging from a pair of North Korean defectors longing to return home, to an insomniac doctor who walks the streets at night while contemplating the journey of his wife’s slow and agonizing death, to a Katrina refugee who desperately searches the underbellied neighborhoods of New Orleans for the mother of his child. Not for the faint of heart, these stories are all darkly satisfying and complete. ~Emily *Signed Copies *

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God's Kingdom: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250069481
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 6th, 2015

Reading Howard Frank Mosher’s novels always leaves me with a longing to head to the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Mosher not only captures the beauty of the landscape, but he also introduces us to the local folks of small town New England. He reveals a place and a time (1950s) where most people are acquainted with each other, family ties are strong, and yet there are still long held secrets and the idyllic scenery can cover up a ruthless, murderous past. Whether Mosher is describing hunting deer, a baseball contest, the efforts to organize a furniture factory, or the hideous exploits of the Ku Klux Klan, the reader is mesmerized by the storytelling prowess of a remarkable writer.   ~ Joan *Signed copies*

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Gold Fame Citrus: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594634239
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 29th, 2015

In the wasteland of southern California where the desert is on the verge of taking back the earth, Luz and Ray live moment to moment in a careless existence until they discover amid the ruin and depravity a young child. Taking the child into their care, they find that their fragile love might not be enough anymore and begin making desperate plans that will lead them straight into the desert. Strange, disorienting and absolutely fascinating, Gold Fame Citrus is like a fever dream of a world where the only thing harder to find than water is the promise of a future. ~ Nancy   *Signed copies*

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Dreams of Maryam Tair: Blue Boots and Orange Blossoms (Interlink World Fiction) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781566560917
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Published: Interlink Books - June 15th, 2015

A multicultural fantasy novel with broad appeal! This novel combines a family saga, a politically radical story, and prophesy-packed circular creation tales. Maryam is born to a mother “disappeared” by the demons during the Casablanca Bread Riots of 1981. She’s an odd, special child, and is given three gifts and a curse, and tasked with bringing about change. Alaoui’s work is literary in its language and ambitious in its execution, while also telling a sprawling and engrossing story with a host of believable characters, human and not. For readers of magical realism, mythology, and fantasy. ~Ann

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The Secret Chord: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780670025770
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Published: Viking - October 6th, 2015

An aging King David tells his prophet Natan it is time to record the story of his life. King David sends Natan to speak to three people: one of his brothers, his mother, and his first wife, who have all been commanded to “tell Natan everything.” As David’s early life unfolds through the interviews Natan conducts, the reader is offered a glimpse at the man he once was as well as the man he becomes. Deftly woven, The Secret Chord brings to life well and lesser-known biblical figures and uncovers the painful truths that lie at the heart of a legend. ~ Nancy

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Fates and Furies: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594634475
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 15th, 2015

Groff’s most ambitious work to date chronicles a marriage of two golden children, Lotto and Matilde, as they navigate adulthood, including professional successes and losses as well as (non) parenthood.  With prose as lush as ever and human insights that verge on the uncanny, Groff tells two very different versions of this marriage, one from Lotto’s point of view (Fates) and one from Matilde’s (Furies) that, when they come together, become something greater than the whole. ~Emily

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The Tsar of Love and Techno: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780770436438
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Published: Hogarth - October 6th, 2015

This book is structured as a mix-tape, and each story a song. The entire novel is set in Russia and Chechnya over the past century. Marra introduces characters who reflect and question the political and social landscape of their time. Though it is a collection of stories, every tale pieces together and forms an atypical, a-chronological, and stunning novel. The beginning story, “The Leopard,” pries open the dark secrets of censorship as a photograph censor, Roman Osipovich Markin, becomes obsessed with the power of erasure and the impossibility of it. In each story, a character believes they can erase a person, a transgression, a guilt, or themselves—to no avail and no relief. The final story has a young soldier experiencing his own death. And you realize, that although people in the novel die alone, they are not without the comfort and companionship of memory, whether it’s spun from desire or their last known truth. The Tsar of Love and Techno not only made me mourn for the characters, but also the discrepancies in history and the holes that will never be filled.  ~ Jordan *Signed Copies*

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Little Woman in Blue: A Novel of May Alcott Cover Image
ISBN: 9781631529870
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Published: She Writes Press - September 15th, 2015

The enduring popularity of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women is proof of the passion that generations of readers have for the endearing story. But in this novel, local author Atkins looks beyond Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, and at the women behind them. Based on diaries and letters, Atkins imagines what it was like for Louisa’s artistic sister May to discover Louisa’s less than charitable depiction of her, in the character of Amy. The themes of artistic rivalry and sisterhood, thorns and all, combined with passionate, misunderstood Amy and her ambition, make this book compelling. Atkins, a well-seasoned nonfiction writer as well as a celebrated poet, combines meticulously accurate details and beautiful language, recreating the world of the Alcott sisters in such vivid colors that readers will fall into it and not want to leave. ~ Ann

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The Heart Goes Last: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385540353
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Published: Nan A. Talese - September 29th, 2015

Behind the black glass wall of Consilience, residents spend one month in prison and one month in a comfortable home. To escape violence and poverty, many people have chosen this life. The creators of Consilience have total social and economic control--the residents cannot make contact with the outside world. Stan and Charmaine take the opportunity after they find themselves living in their car, constantly checking over their shoulders for danger. Charmaine is ecstatic, but Stan remains skeptical of the program. During the months when the couple lives in separate prisons, another couple inhabits their house. Stan discovers a passion between the other couple that has been missing from his relationship with Charmaine. Atwood uses the threads of their relationship, the tension of the eerie sterile town, and the sudden desire for a rarely found spark to unravel everything that should feel safe. ~ Jordan *Signed copies*