Spot-Lit (July, 2012)

Spot-Lit features new fiction that has just been released or will be arriving later in the month. The focus is not so much on the biggest sellers in the fiction universe, but rather on new books that sounds especially promising, including those by emerging and first-time novelists. Click the links below to read more about these noteworthy new books or to place them on hold. For an extensive, sortable list of new materials that are on order, see the left sidebar of the library catalog, or click here. Happy reading.

General Fiction / Literary Fiction  

The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln  by Stephen L. Carter
In an alternate history novel, Lincoln escapes assassination by John Wilkes Booth only to face impeachment, and Abigail Canner, a young black woman involved in his defense, helps investigate the murder of the president’s counsel.  From the best-selling author of The Emperor of Ocean Park.

How Should a Person Be?  by Sheila Heti
Reeling from a failed marriage, Sheila, a twentysomething playwright, finds herself unsure of how to live and create in a raw, startling, genre-defying novel of friendship, sex, and love in the new millennium.

Gold  by Chris Cleave
Cyclists Zoe and Kate are friends and athletic rivals for Olympic gold, while Kate and her husband Jack, also a world-class cyclist, must contend with the recurrence of their young daughter’s leukemia. By the author of Little Bee.

First Novels

Advent  by James Treadwell
A drowning, a magician’s curse, and a centuries-old secret. Advent describes how magic was lost to humanity, and how a fifteen-year-old boy discovers that its return is his inheritance. It begins in a world recognizably our own, and ends an extraordinarily long way from where it started–somewhere much bigger, stranger, and richer.

Sly Fox  by Jeanine Pirro
While investigating a series of brutal crimes against women and children in 1978 New York, Assistant District Attorney Dani Fox takes on the challenging case of a businessman who has been secretly molesting his young daughter for years.

The Empty Glass  by J.I. Baker
Deputy coroner Ben Fitzgerald investigates the death of Marilyn Monroe in 1962, and discovers her secret diary which threatens to envelop him in paranoid conspiracies as he digs into the facts and legends of the star’s famous life.

The Light Between Oceans  by M.L. Stedman
A novel set on a remote Australian island, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore.

Crime Fiction /Suspense

Broken Harbor  by Tana French
At an abandoned luxury development in Dublin, detective Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy investigates the death of a man and his two children, as the man’s wife lies in intensive care. A powerful blend of police procedural and psychological thriller.

The Nightmare  by Lars Kepler
In this sequel to The Hypnotist, Detective Joona Linna returns to investigate a series of interlinking murders surrounding a suspicious Swedish arms deal.

Science Fiction / Fantasy

Shadow of Night  by Deborah Harkness
In the sequel to Harkness’s smash debut, A Discovery of Witches, Diana and Matthew are plunged into a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. A gripping tale of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

The Stranger’s Magic  by Max Frei
In a book that that blends fantasy, horror, philosophy, and comedy, Sir Max once again travels to the enchanted parallel world of Echo, where magic is commonplace and where he fits right in. The third book in the Labyrinth of Echoes series (following The Stranger and The Stranger’s Woes).

The Drowned World  by J.G. Ballard
Imagines a terrifying world in which global warming has melted the ice caps and primordial jungles have overrun a tropical London in the year 2145. This 50th anniversary reprint is appearing in America for the first time.

Some Kind of Fairy Tale  by Graham Joyce
After missing for twenty years, Tara Martin appears on her parents doorstep barely a day older than when she vanished.


The Great Escape  by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Lucy Jorik scandalizes her famous mother when she stands up Mr. Irresistible and flees her wedding on the back of a rough and rude stranger’s beat-up motorcycle.

2 thoughts on “Spot-Lit (July, 2012)

  1. Reblogged this on Churning Pages and commented:
    Check this out guys – without physical bookstores in my area anymore (I’m pretty sure part of soul died when the Barnes & Nobles by my house closed), I have had difficulty finding new books that won’t flop three chapters in. I’m hoping this will help me find some worthwhile, quality books to read and share with you!


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