October 2009

Reading Recommendations · Beyond Bestsellers: Notable New Fiction Titles (October 2009)

Only a few books reach the top of the fiction bestseller charts, but there are many more terrific new titles available at the Library. Here are some recent favorites.
Cover of Moonlight in Odessa

Moonlight in Odessa

Janet Skeslien Charles
Daria, a bright, young Ukrainian woman with a new job, soon finds that her boss expects more from her than her secretarial talents. After setting the boss up with her friend Olga to deflect his attentions, Daria takes a second job at a mail-order bride service called Soviet Unions, and swoons over a Russian Mafia boss and an American schoolteacher. Will she find love at home or wealth abroad? “A lively, entertaining debut�chick lit with edge.” says Kirkus Reviews

Trouble

Kate Christensen
Josie, a Manhattan psychologist, endures a mid-life crisis peppered with martinis and reckless flirtations. When Josie�s LA rock star friend Rachel becomes embroiled in an Internet tabloid scandal, the two escape to Mexico City, in order to abandon their demons and to search their souls. Library Journal says, �The compelling plot will keep readers turning pages, even as clouds of tension and despair drift ever closer.�

Silver Lake

Peter Gadol
Architects and long-time partners Robbie Voight and Carlo Stein are taken by a tragic surprise when their acquaintance�eccentric artist Tom Field-- is found hanged in their neighbor�s garden. The question of �murder or suicide?� infiltrates this compulsively readable psychological thriller. "In his trademark crystalline prose, reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith, Gadol vividly illustrates the universal themes of the stranger who comes to town, the quest for redemption, and the entanglement of deception." Booklist
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While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Deborah Grabien
Take a walk on the wild side with Grabien�s second mystery featuring clever British rocker JP Kincaid and his band Blacklight. Kincaid is recuperating from his band�s latest tour, when his friend San Franciscan guitarist Vinny Fabiano is found dead�clubbed on the head by his own guitar�and his rare pearl-top Zematis guitar goes missing. Booklist says, �From spirited discussions of blues-based rock to inspired moments of band camaraderie, this is definitely a mystery that will appeal to rock fans.�

31 Hours

Masha Hamilton
How does a well-adjusted American college student become a terrorist? Jonas, a promising 21-year-old, plans to commit a suicide bombing in the New York subway in 31 hours. Hamilton�s skillful portrayal of alternating viewpoints illuminates Jonas�s descent from beloved son and friend into a violent �martyr��told through the eyes of his mother, girlfriend and a homeless man on the subway.

Mathilda Savitch

Victor Lodato
In a not-too-distant future America plagued by terrorist attacks, narrator Mathilda�s older sister Helene is killed falling in front of a train. Or was she pushed? Neglected by her grieving parents, Mathilda tries to order her painful, chaotic world by examining her sister's final e-mails, in a desperate search for clues to Helene�s brutal demise. �Mathilda�s observations read like a finely crafted epic poem, whose themes and imagery paint an intricate map of her inner life. She�s a metaphysical Holden Caulfield for the terrifying present day.� Publishers Weekly
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Bloodroot

Bill Loehfelm
History professor Kevin Curran believed that his adopted brother Danny was lost to him when Danny descended into New York City�s drug scene. Now, years later, Danny reappears sober, but needs help with a dangerous project: exhuming bodies buried on the grounds of the defunct Bloodroot Children�s Hospital. Danny�s entanglement with the Mafia, murder and espionage immerses Kevin in dangerous secrets from the past and the present.

The Great Perhaps

Joe Meno
Johnathan and Madeline Casper are engrossing, eccentric scientists�Johnathan is prone to epileptic fits when he sees the clouds, while Madeline attempts to understand her rebellious daughters and grandfather by immersing herself in disturbing lab experiments with murderous pigeons. Set in the anxious times of the Iraq war and the 2004 election, Booklist says, �tender, funny, spooky, and gripping, Meno�s novel encompasses a subtle yet devastating critique of war, which sensitively traces the ripple effect of a dark legacy of nebulousness, guilt, and fear, and evokes both heartache and wonder.�
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