While fall is traditionally the season when the biggest fiction books are released, publishers in the last few years have started to release some of their more notable titles throughout the year. Perhaps the reasoning is that a good book might be lost in the crowd in the big fall season, or maybe that since people read good books all year round it just makes sense to publish them all year round. Whatever the reason, we are simply glad that there are always great new books to check out. Here are a few that should be hitting the shelves in the next few months:
The Good Luck of Right Now is the much anticipated new novel by Matthew Quick, author of The Silver Linings Playbook. It tells the story of Bartholomew Neil, who has lived with his mother for thirty-eight years. When she gets sick and dies, he has no idea how to be on his own. How does a man whose whole life has been grounded in his mom, Saturday mass, and the library learn how to fly? By writing a series of intimate letters to Richard Gere and then embarking on a spiritual journey to Canada!
The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules, by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg, is a humorous novel about a rebellious senior citizens. 79-year-old Martha Anderson dreams of escaping her care home and robbing a bank. Joining her four oldest friends - otherwise known as the League of Pensioners - they cause an uproar with their antics: protesting against early bedtimes and plastic meals. As they become more daring, their activities escalate and they come up with a cunning plan to break out of the care home and land themselves in a far more attractive Stockholm establishment.
Margaret Atwood has endorsed Ghalib Islam’s debut novel, which she calls “the 1001 Nights of its time … in the same literary mansion as Calvino, Burroughs, and other metafabulist satirists.” Fire in the Unnameable Country tells the story of a boy born on a flying carpet, who grows up to write an extended letter reckoning with the memory of his family and the titular country’s troubled history.
From the Stephen Galloway (author of The Cellist of Sarajevo) comes a beautiful, suspense-filled novel that uses the life and sudden death of Harry Houdini to weave a magical tale of intrigue, love and illusion. The Confabulist tells of the life, loves and murder of the world's greatest magician, as well as story of the man who killed him twice! Martin Strauss is an everyday man whose fate is tied to the magician's in unforeseen ways.
To stay on top of new fiction as it comes in to the library be sure to check out the New Arrivals section of our catalogue – and happy reading!
- Tyler at Louise Riley library