New & Recommended Fiction from the 2014 Winter Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2014 Winter Newsletter.

Neverhome has stayed with me. This story of a woman who leaves her husband behind to fight in the Civil War is so exquisitely well written, so tense, that it took over my life for a few days. I looked up from the last page dazed, unsure of how to go about my day without Ash’s mad, beautiful voice in my head. If you don’t believe me, ask just about anyone else on staff—this book has stolen and broken the heart of almost every fiction reader in the store. Neverhome is certainly one of the best novels of 2014.
Reviewed by: 
Kat
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$26.00
ISBN: 9780316370134
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little Brown and Company - September 9th, 2014

As anyone who listens to the Mountain Goats knows, singer/songwriter John Darnielle’s words are haunting and brilliant, tragic but full of life. In Wolf in a White Van, years after a disfiguring self-inflicted “accident,” another tragedy hits Sean, who runs a post-apocalyptic role-playing game through snail-mail. Here’s his reflection on the power of imagination and desperation. What could be dark and heavy is empathic and gentle—but also brutal and unpitying. This stunning book is so devastatingly creative, so quietly commanding—like a puzzle fit together backward; like a sinister whisper through a pitch-black tunnel; like nothing you’ve ever read.
Reviewed by: 
Julia
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$24.00
ISBN: 9780374292089
Availability: Special Order
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - September 16th, 2014

Hilary Mantel is the only woman to win the Booker Award twice, and the only author to ever win it for a sequel (Bring Up the Bodies, in 2012). While we impatiently await her third Thomas Cromwell novel, Mantel is releasing a new collection of stories in which she turns her sharp eye onto contemporary life, with dark and mesmerizing tales about marriage, sinister deaths, ghosts, and even a vampire. The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher promises to be one of the literary events of the fall.
Reviewed by: 
Kat
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The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher: Stories Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781627792103
Availability: Special Order
Published: Henry Holt & Company - September 30th, 2014

A devastating superflu and the subsequent fall of humanity serve as the background to a meditation on our mortality and obsession with material meaning. The direct and indirect interactions of a Shakespearean actor, a young survivor, a paparazzo-turned-paramedic, and a budding graphic artist come together in a feat of masterful storytelling. I burst into tears when I finished the last page and haven’t stopped thinking about it since.
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Andrea
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$24.95
ISBN: 9780385353304
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 9th, 2014

The companion to 1995’s Selected Stories, which focused on the first half of her career, this new collection brings together the best stories she’s written since, including “Runaway,” “Dimensions,” and “The Bear Came Over the Mountain” (the basis for the film Away From Her). If you already worship at the Munro altar, as I do, this is a great addition to your collection. If you’ve yet to read her, this is a great place to start.
Reviewed by: 
Rico
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Family Furnishings: Selected Stories, 1995-2014 Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781101874103
Availability: Special Order
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - November 11th, 2014

If and when the first rains of the season come around, you will want to have The Paying Guests on hand. This multifaceted book has many layers: It is a domestic thriller, a searing love story, and an absolutely terrifying crime novel. The characters are vivid and warm, and the tension just climbs and climbs—I can’t remember the last time a book kept me up as late as this one did. I just loved it. Save it for the darkest, stormiest night, and enjoy.
Reviewed by: 
Kat
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$28.95
ISBN: 9781594633119
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - September 16th, 2014

The North Estate holds more than just a decrepit mansion —there are family secrets, valuable real estate, and possibly a ghost or two. If Trevor helps convince his ailing grandfather to sell the place off, will the influx of much-needed cash really save his parents’ marriage? Or will it be just one more selfish violation of the environment of the Pacific Northwest? If you loved the family drama in Stein’s The Art of Racing in the Rain, you’ll find a lot to love in this new novel.
Reviewed by: 
Nici
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A Sudden Light Cover Image
$26.95
ISBN: 9781439187036
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Simon & Schuster - September 30th, 2014

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Gilead and Housekeeping returns to the fictional plains town of Gilead, Iowa, in her new novel Lila, which is garnering tremendous critical acclaim.

“Robinson has created a tour de force, an unforgettably dynamic odyssey, a passionate and learned moral and spiritual inquiry, a paean to the earth, and a witty and transcendent love story—all within a refulgent and resounding novel so beautifully precise and cadenced it wholly tranfixes and transforms us.” —Booklist, starred review

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780374187613
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 7th, 2014

Set in New Jersey in the months following Hurricane Sandy, the fourth book featuring Ford’s great tragicomic character Frank Bascombe is an elegiac series of four novellas, each featuring someone from Frank’s past showing up out of the blue. Imbued with loss and constructed of Ford’s precise, loving sentences, the book is a tribute to human survival, to carrying on in the face of disaster.
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Rico
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$27.99
ISBN: 9780061692062
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Published: Ecco Press - November 4th, 2014

I loved Atwood’s 2006 story collection Moral Disorder, and so I am thrilled to read her forthcoming book The Stone Mattress, which promises the same level of astute, absorbing tales with a serious speculative twist. The Stone Mattress features stories about a writer who hears the voice of her recently dead husband, a woman who suffers from a genetic disease that mimics vampirism, and a tale of revenge set in the Arctic. This looks to be Atwood at her bizarre, creative best.
Reviewed by: 
Kat
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Stone Mattress: Nine Tales Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780385539128
Availability: Special Order
Published: Nan A. Talese - September 16th, 2014

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