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New & Recommended Fiction from the 2015 Winter Newsletter

These titles were featured in our 2015 Winter Newsletter.

 

Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins

Gold Fame Citrus is a lyrical wonder, creating a vibrant, ever-shifting mirage more treacherous and beautiful than the enduring drought that has desolated Southern California and the expansive dune sea that has rushed in, blanketing much of the Southwest and forcing Los Angeles refugees like Luz and Ray east toward water and a more hopeful future. Rich with bands of searchers, dreamers, leavers and the left, this stunning debut novel re-visions the wild openness of the West in a future frighteningly resonant.  —Melinda

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

I am in awe of this novel—its language, the cavernous take it has on love and commitment and what it means to maintain a marriage. Monsters of Templeton, Groff’s first book, is one of the most impressive debuts I’ve read, but Fates and Furies is Groff at a genius level. It is difficult to define—a Greek drama, a love story, a telling and untelling of a marriage between a playwright and his wife. The sentences hum, the characters pull, and the story rises and falls in a breathless pace. If you can only read one novel this fall—this is it. Unbelievable.  —S.M.C.

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Published: Riverhead Books - September 15th, 2015

The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra

If you are like me and love being transported to other regions through fiction, you must know about Anthony Marra. Author of my favorite book of 2013, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Marra brilliantly captures the brutality and humanity of Eastern Europe and Russia once again. The Tsar of Love and Techno, told through nine independent yet interwoven stories, portrays a cast of characters who share a common connection to a single painting once censored during the Soviet regime. With this collection, Marra continues to demonstrate that he is one of the best young talents in fiction today.  —Casey

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Published: Hogarth - October 6th, 2015

The Blue Guitar by John Banville

One of the greatest literary stylists of our time, the Man Booker Prize–winning John Banville has written a dark masterpiece about art and greed. His narrator, Oliver Ormy, a successful painter who also enjoys stealing things, suddenly finds himself caught out, both as a thief and as a human being. Fleeing everything he knows and loves in life, he hides himself away and tries to discover the cause (and possibly a cure) for the sickness of his soul.  —Rico

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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 15th, 2015

Slade House by David Mitchell

Slade House is both a deliciously crafted haunted house story and a continued exploration into Mitchell’s world-building, tying itself deftly into The Bone Clocks. It begins in 1979 when an earnest young misfit accompanies his mother to the garden estate house, never to be seen again. Every nine years, the unsettling story builds with a different fully realized character, until it culminates on Halloween 2015. Written with a love of language and an eye toward a bigger picture, Slade House is a perfect introduction to Mitchell and a chilling gem for his fans.  —Melinda

The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

Best-selling author Isabel Allende’s latest masterpiece is about a passionate love, heart-breaking loss, and the lasting regret of sacrifices born out of fear and social convention. The Japanese Lover is truly a treat to read. At times it brought tears to my eyes, yet it inspired a sense of joy in me, with its understanding of how the fulfillment we find in love can ultimately come from within.  —Ashley

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Published: Atria Books - November 3rd, 2015

The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli

Luiselli offers a bright new voice in fiction, exploring the role of story in art through her quirky protagonist, Gustavo Sánchez Sánchez, otherwise known as Highway. Born inauspiciously ugly with four premature teeth, he’s a security guard at the Jumex juice factory and a self-proclaimed expert auctioneer, refurbishing found treasures through his expansive lens of the truth. Playing with different ways to tell story, The Story of My Teeth is sly, endearing, refreshing, and ever broadening.  —Melinda

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Published: Coffee House Press - September 15th, 2015

Quicksand by Steve Toltz

Aldo has failed at everything he’s ever tried: countless outlandish entrepreneurial schemes, his marriage, even suicide attempts. When he takes his most downward turn yet, his old friend Liam sets out to write Aldo’s biography, reviving his abandoned dream of authorship. Through flashbacks, police interviews, and court testimony, Liam tries to make sense of the bizarre misfortunes and delusions of his pathetic yet magnetic frenemy. Depressing in the funniest way and with loopy momentum, Quicksand tugs a reader into this complex, hilarious friendship.  —Julia

City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg

Big, juicy, and full throated, City on Fire immerses you in an expertly crafted 1970s New York and introduces you to character after lushly drawn character—the charismatic young woman with a hidden life; her punk groupie asthmatic friend; the wizened reporter; the obscenely rich and rebellious or the not so rebellious; and those who love them. Written with big heart and unequivocal skill, it will leave you feeling like you’re holding the whole city in your hands.  —Melinda

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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 13th, 2015

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