Just when it seems, as if we’re catching up with our reviews, we look on the shelf and see there are SO MANY books we didn’t get to. But have no fear, we have highlighted of some of the most fabulous books published in September and we want to tell you all about them.
BEST PART? We’re giving them away!
Pub. date, Sept. 5th
Eva Woods’ novel, SOMETHING LIKE HAPPY (GraydonHouse) is all about seizing the day and turning it into something absolutely fabulous.
“It’s simple, really. You’re just meant to do one thing every day that makes you happy. Could be little things. Could be big. In fact, we’re doing one right now…”
Annie Hebden is stuck. Stuck in her boring job, with her irritating roommate, in a life, no thirty-five-year-old would want. But deep down, Annie is still mourning the terrible loss that tore a hole through the perfect existence she’d once taken for granted—and hiding away is safer than remembering what life used to be. Until she meets the eccentric Polly Leonard.
Bright and bubbly Polly is everything Annie doesn’t want in a friend. But Polly is determined to wake Annie up and re-engage her in life. Recent events have taught Polly time is too short to waste a single day.
Polly and Annie embark on a mission. One hundred days. One hundred new ways to be happy. Let’s see how that goes!
Eva Woods is the author of uplifting women’s fiction that will make you laugh and cry. She lives in London with her boyfriend, a musician, and she enjoys travelling, reading, and drinking far too much tea. Eva loves getting email from her fans. http://www.ink-stains.co.uk
Pub. date, Sept. 5th
I first discovered Nathan Englander ten years when I read his novel, THE MINISTRY OF SPECIAL CASES. I was impressed such a young man could write with such conviction and capture the horrors of the human condition without casting judgement.
His new novel, THE CENTER of THE EARTH (Knopf) unfolds in the highly charged territory of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and pivots on the relationship between a secret prisoner and his guard. An American waitress in Paris. A young Palestinian man in Berlin who strikes up an odd friendship with a wealthy Canadian businessman. And The General, Israel’s most controversial leader, who lies dying in a hospital, the only man who knows of the prisoner’s existence.
DINNER AT THE CENTER of THE EARTH weaves a powerful, intensely suspenseful portrait of a nation riven by insoluble conflict, even as the lives of its citizens become fatefully and inextricably entwined–a political thriller of the highest order that interrogates the anguished, violent division between Israelis and Palestinians, and dramatizes the immense moral ambiguities haunting both sides. Who is right, who is wrong–who is the guard, who is truly the prisoner?
Nathan Englander’s is also the author of the collection What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank (advance praise here), as well as the internationally bestselling story collection For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, and the novel The Ministry of Special Cases (all published by Knopf/Vintage). He is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at New York University, and lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter. http://www.nathanenglander.com
Pub. date, Sept. 5th
Christina Dodd’s new thriller, THE WOMAN WHO COULDN’T SCREAM (St.Martin’sPress) once again grabs readers by the throats for an emotional, suspenseful and tension building ride at breakneck speed.
Merida is married to a wealthy older man who takes her around the world as his trophy. Merida is everything a man could want. But a traumatic accident years before left her without the ability to speak. When her husband dies, she knows its her chance to exact revenge on those responsible for her accident-and that vengeance begins in Virtue Falls. Reinventing herself, she slips into village life, biding her time. But someone knows exactly who she is and will use this chance to finish what was started years ago. And this time an accident for Merida will mean silencing her forever.
It took ten years, two children and three completed manuscripts before her first novel, CANDLE IN THE WINDOW, was published. In the twenty-six years since, her novels have been translated into 25 languages, won Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart and RITA Awards and been called the year’s best by Library Journal and Booklist. Christina Dodd herself has been a clue in the Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle (11/18/05, # 13 Down: Romance Novelist named Christina.) With more than 15 million of her books in print, Booklist praises her, “brilliantly etched characters, polished writing, and unexpected flashes of sharp humor that are pure Dodd.”
Pub. date, Sept. 5th
Jesmyn Ward’s novel, SING, UNBURIED, SING (Scribner) has been longlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction.
In her first novel since her National Book Award–winning SALVAGE THE BONES, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first-century America. An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, SING, UNBURIED, SING journeys through Mississippi’s past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power—and limitations—of family bonds
Jesmyn Ward is an associate professor of English at Tulane University. She won the 2011 National Book Award for Fiction and a 2012 Alex Award with her second novel, SAVAGE THE BONES, a story about familial love and community covering the 10 days preceding Hurricane Katrina. Ward joined the faculty at Tulane in the fall of 2014. In 2013 she released her memoir, MEN WE REAPED.
Pub. date, Sept. 12th
THE NEW YORK TIMES writes of Thomas Mullens’ new novel, LIGHTNING MEN (37INK/Atria), “a combustible procedural that will knock the wind out of you.”
Officer Denny Rakestraw, “Negro Officers” Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith, and Sergeant McInnis have their hands full in an overcrowded and rapidly changing Atlanta. It’s 1950 and color lines are shifting and racial tensions are simmering. Black families—including Smith’s sister and brother-in-law—are moving into Rake’s formerly all-white neighborhood, leading some residents to raise money to buy them out, while others advocate a more violent solution. Rake’s brother-in-law, Dale, a proud Klansman, launches a scheme to rally his fellow Kluxers to save their neighborhood. When those efforts spiral out of control and leave a man dead, Rake is forced to choose loyalty to family or the law.
He isn’t the only one with family troubles. Boggs has outraged his preacher father by courting a domestic, and now her ex-boyfriend has been released from prison. As Boggs, Smith, and their all-black precinct contend with violent drug dealers fighting for turf in new territory, their personal dramas draw them closer to the fires that threaten to consume Atlanta once again.
From the acclaimed author of The Last Town on Earth comes the gripping follow-up to DARKTOWN. With echoes of Walter Mosley and Dennis Lehane, Mullen demonstrates in LIGHTNING MEN why he’s celebrated for writing crime fiction “with a nimble sense of history…quick on its feet and vividly drawn.
Pub. date, Sept. 19th
“Will the discovery of the missing pages of an ancient book mean the end of the world?”
New York Daily News columnist, LINDA STASI is out with another thriller, but this time it transcends genres. BOOK of JUDAS (FORGE) is a religious thriller, that will have you ripping through the pages to the very end.
When her infant son is placed in mortal danger, New York City reporter Alessandra Russo is forced to save him by tracking down the missing pages of the Gospel of Judas, a heretical manuscript that was unearthed in Al-Minya, Egypt, in the 1970s. The manuscript declares that Judas was the beloved, not the betrayer, of Jesus.
Do the lost pages contain a secret that will challenge Christianity’s core beliefs about the creation of life, or that might hold the power to unleash Armageddon? What if such explosive documents fell into the hands of modern-day terrorists, dictators, or religious fanatics?
LINDA STASI is a celebrated columnist for the New York Daily News and an on-camera host on NY1 Spectrum TV 24/7 news channel. Named one of 50 Most Powerful Women In New York, Linda has appeared on such programs as The O’Reilly Factor, The Today Show, The View, Chris Matthews, CBS Morning Show, and Good Day New York. An award-winning columnist, she is also the author of five nonfiction books. BOOK of JUDAS is a sequel to her first novel, THE SIXTH SENSE.
Pub. date, Sept. 19th
“A deliciously creepy psychological thriller.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
Jane Robins, chilling psychological suspense novel, WHITE BODIES (Touchstone) explores the dark side of love and the unbreakable ties that bind twin sisters together.
Felix and Tilda seem like the perfect couple: young and in love, a financier and a beautiful, up-and-coming starlet. But behind their flawless façade, not everything is as it seems.
Callie, Tilda’s unassuming twin, has watched her sister visibly shrink under Felix’s domineering love. She has looked on silently as Tilda stopped working, nearly stopped eating, and turned into a neat freak, with mugs wrapped in Saran Wrap and suspicious syringes hidden in the bathroom trash. She knows about Felix’s uncontrollable rages, and has seen the bruises on the white skin of her sister’s arms.
Worried about the psychological hold that Felix seems to have over Tilda, Callie joins an Internet support group for victims of abuse and their friends. However, things spiral out of control and she starts to doubt her own judgment when one of her new acquaintances is killed by an abusive man. And then suddenly Felix dies—or was he murdered?
Jane Robins began her career as a journalist with The Economist, The Independent, and the BBC. She has made a specialty of writing historical true crime and has a particular interest in the history of forensics. She has published three books of nonfiction in the UK, Rebel Queen (Simon & Schuster, 2006), The Magnificent Spilsbury (John Murray, 2010), and The Curious Habits of Doctor Adams (John Murray, 2013). More recently, she has been a Fellow at the Royal Literary Fund.
Pub. date, Sept. 19th
In Sorayya Khan’s new novel, CITY of SPIES (Littlea), 11-year-old Aliya Shah lives a double life in Islamabad, Pakistan—at home with her Pakistani father and Dutch mother, and at the American School, where she tries to downplay that she is a “half-and-half.” But when a hit-and-run driver kills the son of the family’s servant, Sadiq, who is also Aliya’s dear friend, her world is turned upside down. After she discovers the truth behind the tragedy—a terrible secret that burdens her heart—her conflicted loyalties are tested as never before.
Based on the author’s own experiences growing up in Islamabad, CITY of SPIES offers a poignant and dramatic portrait of a tumultuous time, as seen through the eyes of a brave and compassionate young heroine struggling to find her place in the gray area between loyalty and complicity, family and country
Sorayya Khan is the author of Noor, Five Queen’s Road, and City of Spies which received the Best International Fiction Book Award, Sharjah International Book Fair, 2015. She was awarded a US Fulbright Research Grant to conduct research in Pakistan and Bangladesh, and received a Malahat Review Novella Prize for what became a window into City of Spies. In 2006, she received a Constance Saltonstall Artist Grant, which took her to Banda Aceh, Indonesia, where she interviewed tsunami survivors. Her work has appeared in publications including Guernica, The Kenyon Review, North American Review, and Journal of Narrative Politics. She is the daughter of a Pakistani father and a Dutch mother, was born in Europe, grew up in Pakistan, and now lives in New York with her family. http://www.sorayyakhan.com
Pub. date, Sept. 26th
“When the lines of sanity are blurred…”
In this unexpected and addictive psychological debut, THE BLIND (ParkRowBooks), A.F. Brady takes readers into the psyche of a deeply disturbed woman desperately trying to keep her head above water, showing that sometimes what’s most terrifying is what exists in your mind.
Sam James has spent years carefully crafting her reputation as the best psychologist at Typhlos, Manhattan’s most challenging psychiatric institution. She boasts the highest success rates with the most disturbed patients, believing if she can’t save herself, she’ll save someone else. It’s this savior complex that serves her well in helping patients battle their inner demons, though it leads Sam down some dark paths and opens her eyes to her own mental turmoil.
When Richard, a mysterious patient no other therapist wants to treat, is admitted to Typhlos, Sam is determined to unlock his secrets and his psyche. What she can’t figure out is why does Richard appear to be so completely normal in a hospital filled with madness? And what, really, is he doing at the institution? As Sam gets pulled into Richard’s twisted past, she can’t help but analyze her own life, and what she discovers terrifies her. And so the mind games begin. But who is the savior and who is the saved?
A.F. Brady’s words:
I am a born and raised New Yorker. I’m a writer, and I’m also a psychotherapist; a NYS licensed mental health counselor. I’ve been working in mental healthcare for many years.
I have a B.A. in Psychology from Brown University and an M.A. and Ed.M. in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University.
I live in New York with my husband and our sons; one canine and one human.
I’ve been writing since I could hold a pencil, but THE BLIND is my first novel. I’m currently working on my next novel; stay tuned! http://www.afbrady.com
Pub. date, Sept. 26th
Many of us readers fell in love with the writing of Amulya Malladi with her novel, A HOUSE FOR HAPPY MOTHERS.
She once again sets her new novel, THE COPENHAGEN AFFAIR (Littlea) in the capital of the world’s happiest country, India. It’s a comedy of manners about depression, the pressure of marriage, and the possibility of falling in love again.
Sanya was always the perfect wife, but after a breakdown at her office, it’s her husband Harry’s turn to step up. His proposal? A temporary move to Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital city. He needs to be there to close a business deal and figures the change of scenery will do her good. Soon Sanya goes from hiding under her duvet to hiding in plain sight—a dark-skinned Indian American in a city of blondes.
Within Copenhagen’s glamorous high society, one man stands out—not only because of his intriguing scar but because he sees Sanya in a way Harry hasn’t for years. Anders Ravn owns the company Harry wants to acquire, and soon Sanya begins to fall for him. As allegations of white-collar crime arise, she learns of Harry’s infidelity, and having an affair with Anders seems ever more tempting. Surrounded by old money, smoked fish on dark breads, and way too many bicycles, Sanya slowly moves from breakdown to breakthrough, but where will she end up—and with whom?
I wrote this novel to get over my own depression and laugh a little. This book is also special to me because it’s set in Copenhagen, one of my favorite cities in the world. It’s my love letter to the city I still call home even though I now live in Southern California.
You can check out more about Amulya, at her website http://www.amulyamalladi.com
We’re so excited to be giving away these novels to our Thoughts on This ‘n That blog followers. We hope you find them as exciting as we do!
All you have to do is tell us what you’re excited about reading this fall. Perhaps its one of these novels, perhaps not. Anyway, we all love to read – especially well written novels.
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