New Adult Fiction

Three days and a life

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 03:59
by Lemaître, Pierre, 1951-
Publisher MacLehose Press, an imprint of Quercus, 2017. ©2016
199 pages ; 24 cm
Summary "In 1999, in the small provincial town of Beauval, France, twelve-year-old Antoine Courtin accidentally kills a young neighbor boy in the woods near his home. Panicked, he conceals the body and to his relief--and ongoing shame--he is never suspected of any connection to the child's disappearance. But the boy's death continues to haunt him, shaping his life in unseen ways. More than a decade later, Antoine is living in Paris, now a young doctor with a fiancée and a promising future. On a rare trip home to the town he hates and fears, Antoine thoughtlessly sleeps with a beautiful young woman from his past. She shows up pregnant at his doorstep in Paris a few months later, insisting that they marry, but Antoine refuses. Meanwhile, the newly discovered body of Antoine's childhood victim means that the case has been reopened, and all of his old fears rush back. Then the young woman's father threatens Antoine with a paternity test--which would almost certainly match the DNA found on the dead child's body. Will Antoine finally be forced to confront his crime? And what is he prepared to do to keep his secrets buried in the past?"--

Dark chapter

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 03:59
by Li, Winnie M.,
Publisher Polis Books, LLC, 2017. © 2017
First hardcover edition.
341 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number FIC LI
Summary Vivian is a cosmopolitan Taiwanese-American tourist who often escapes her busy life in London through adventure and travel. Johnny is a fifteen year old Irish teenager, growing up in a family where crime is customary, violence is necessary, and everything and anyone is yours for the taking. Their paths collide one afternoon in West Belfast, culminating in a horrific act of violence. Vivian tries to recapture the woman she was, as she struggles with a culture and judicial system that treats assault victims as less than human. Johnny flees to his transitory Irish clan, but is forced to confront the chain of events leading up to the attack. When Johnny is finally brought to reckon for his crimes, Vivian learns that justice is neither as swift nor as fair as she would hope. Told from both Vivian's and Johnny's perspectives, and inspired by true events, this novel explores how a dark chapter can irrevocably determine the shape of our lives.

The handyman

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 03:59
by Little, Bentley,
Publisher Cemetery Dance Publications, 2017.
First trade hardcover editon printing.
334 pages ; 24 cm.
Call Number FIC LITTLE
Summary "Daniel Martin has never forgotten his childhood encounters with Frank Watkins, the man who built his family a summer home out of cardboard and plywood. Frank's gaze was oddly confusing, as if he was attempting to discern the proper way to behave because he didn't know how to respond in a human manner. Since Frank obviously wasn't an alien, young Daniel thought maybe the man was crazy. In the end, Daniel would learn the terrifying truth about Frank Watkins. And as an adult, Daniel is about to discover there are more of THEM out there..."--Amazon.

The history of bees

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 03:59
by Lunde, Maja,
Publisher Touchstone, 2017.
First Touchstone hardcover edition.
340 pages ; 24 cm
Summary "In the spirit of Station Eleven and Never Let Me Go, this dazzling and ambitious literary debut follows three generations of beekeepers from the past, present, and future, weaving a spellbinding story of their relationship to the bees--and to their children and one another--against the backdrop of an urgent, global crisis. England, 1852. William is a biologist and seed merchant, who sets out to build a new type of beehive--one that will give both him and his children honor and fame. United States, 2007. George is a beekeeper fighting an uphill battle against modern farming, but hopes that his son can be their salvation. China, 2098. Tao hand paints pollen onto the fruit trees now that the bees have long since disappeared. When Tao's young son is taken away by the authorities after a tragic accident, she sets out on a grueling journey to find out what happened to him. Haunting, illuminating, and deftly written, The History of Bees joins these three very different narratives into one gripping and thought-provoking story that is just as much about the powerful bond between children and parents as it is about our very relationship to nature and humanity"--

A beautiful young woman : a novel

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 03:59
by López, Julián, 1965-
Publisher Melville House, [2017] ©2013
First English language edition.
151 pages ; 21 cm
Summary "As political violence escalates around them, a young boy and his single mother live together in an apartment in Buenos Aires -- which has recently been taken over by Argentina's military dictatorship. When the boy returns home one day to find his mother missing (or "disappeared"), the story fractures, and the reader encounters him fully grown, consumed by the burden of his loss, attempting to reconstruct the memory of his mother. By leaping forward in time, the boy -- now a man -- subtly gives shape to his mother's activism, and in the process recasts the memories from his childhood. The result is a stylistically masterful and deeply moving novel marking the English-language debut of one of Argentina's most promising writers"--

Infinite ground : a novel

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 03:59
by MacInnes, Martin,
Publisher Melville House, 2017. ©2016
First American edition.
259 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number F MACINNES
Summary "During a sweltering South American summer, a family convenes for dinner at a restaurant. Midway through the meal, Carlos gets up from the table and disappears. An experienced, semi-retired detective takes the case, but what should be a routine investigation becomes something strange, intangible, even sinister. The corporation for which Carlos worked seems to serve no purpose; the staff talk of their missing colleague's alarming, shifting physical symptoms; a forensic scientist uncovers evidence of curious abnormalities in the thriving microorganisms that shared Carlos's body. As the detective re-lives and retraces the missing man's footsteps, the trail leads him away from the city sprawl and deep into the country's rainforest interior. A chilling police procedural that explodes into a dislocating investigation into the nature of reality, Infinite Ground is a luminous, sinister, and wholly original debut"--

The murderer's maid a Lizzie Borden novel

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 03:59
by Mailman, Erika,
Publisher Bonhomie Press, 2017. ©2017
400 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Summary Bram Stoker Award finalist Erika Mailman brings the true story of the brutal murder of Lizzie Borden's father and stepmother into new focus by adding a riveting contemporary narrative. The Murderer's Maid interweaves the stories of two women: one, the servant of infamous Lizzie Borden, and the other a modern-day barista fleeing from an attempt on her life. Trapped by servitude and afraid for her own safety, Irish maid Bridget finds herself an unwilling witness to the tensions in the volatile Borden household. As Lizzie seethes with resentment, Bridget tries to perform her duties and keep her mouth shut. Unknowingly connected to the legendary crime of a century ago, Brooke, the illegitimate daughter of an immigrant maid, struggles to conceal her identity and stay a jump ahead of the men who want to kill her. When she unexpectedly falls in love with Anthony, a local attorney, she has to decide whether to stop running and begin her life anew. With historical detail and taut, modern storytelling, Erika Mailman writes a captivating novel about identity, choices, freedom, and murder. She offers readers a fresh perspective on the notorious crime and explores the trials of immigrants seeking a better life while facing down fear and oppression, today and throughout history. Intelligent and detailed, The Murderer's Maid is a gripping read from beginning to bloody conclusion-- Provided by publisher.

The house by the river : a novel

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 03:59
by Manta, Lena,
Publisher AmazonCrossing, 2017.
534 pages ; 21 cm
Call Number F MANTA
Summary An intimate, emotionally powerful saga following five young women as they realize that no matter the men they choose, the careers they pursue, or the children they raise, the only constant is home.

A crazy kind of love

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 03:59
by Marlowe, Mary Ann,
Publisher Kensington Books, [2017] ©2017
297 pages ; 21 cm.
Call Number F MARLOWE
Summary "Celebrities hold zero interest for photographer Jo Wilder. That's a problem, since snapping pics of the stars is how the pretty paparazza pays the rent. So when Jo attempts to catch a money shot atop the broad shoulders of a helpful bystander, the only thing she notices about the stranger she straddles is that he's seriously hot. Only later does Jo learn that he's also Micah Sinclair--one of rock's notorious bad boys... Soon Jo is on the verge of getting fired for missing a Micah Sinclair exclusive. Until she's suddenly being pursued by the heartthrob himself. But how can she be sure the musician's mind-blowing kisses are the real deal? Her colleagues claim he's a media whore, gambling on some free PR. But something has Jo hoping Micah's feeling the same powerful pull that she does. A pull so strong, she can't resist becoming his latest love, even if it means she might become the media's latest victim . . ."

The temptation to be happy

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 03:59
by Marone, Lorenzo, 1974-
Publisher Oneworld Publications ; 2017.
247 pages ; 23 cm
Call Number F MARONE
Summary Cesare is 77 years old, a widower and cynical troublemaker, a man who has always had trouble caring for others and has given up trying. Aside from an intermittent fling with a mature nurse called Rossana, who moonlights as a sex worker, he prefers to live his own life, avoiding contact with his neighbors and even his own children wherever possible. Until one day, the enigmatic Emma moves into the neighboring flat. Emma is ​​married to a strange and sinister man. A man that seems so different from Emma. As Cesare investigates, and starts to uncover the truth of their relationship, he begins to rediscover an appetite for life, and soon he finds himself risking everything for a future he had never thought possible.

As lie is to grin

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 03:59
by Marsalis, Simeon,
Publisher Catapult, [2017] ©2017
151 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Call Number F MARSALIS
Summary ". . . Not a satire meant to teach us lessons, nor a statement of hope or despair, but something more visionary -- a portrait of a young man's unraveling, a depiction of how race shapes and deforms us, a coming-of-age story that is also a confrontation with American history and amnesia."


Thu, 01/04/2018 - 03:59
by McAfee, Annalena,
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
First American edition.
569 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number F MCAFEE

Fever : a novel

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 03:59
by Meyer, Deon,
Publisher Atlantic Monthly Press, 2017. ©2017
First Grove Atlantic hardcover edition.
536 pages : map ; 24 cm
Call Number F MEYER
Summary "Nico Storm and his father Willem drive a truck filled with essential supplies through a desolate land. They are among the few in South Africa -- and the world, as far as they know -- to have survived a devastating virus which has swept through the country. Their world turned upside down, Nico realizes that his superb marksmanship and cool head mean he is destined to be his father's protector, even though he is still only a boy. But Willem Storm, though not a fighter, is both a thinker and a leader, a wise and compassionate man with a vision for a new community that survivors will rebuild from the ruins. And so Amanzi is founded and the community grows -- and with each step forward, as resources increase, so do the challenges they must face -- not just from the attacks of biker brigands, but also from within. As Nico undergoes an extraordinary rite of passage in this new world, he experiences hardship and heartbreak and has his loyalty tested to its limits."--

The last suppers

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 03:59
by Mikulencak, Mandy,
Publisher John Scognamiglio Books, Kensington Books, 2018.
First Kensington hardcover edition.
278 pages ; 22 cm
Summary Ginny Polk works as a prison cook and also prepares the last meals of those sentenced to execution. When she stumbles upon information about the man executed for killing her father, it leads to a series of dark and painful revelations.

The last secret of the Deverills

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 03:59
by Montefiore, Santa, 1970-
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2017. ©2017
452 pages : genealogical tables ; 24 cm.
Summary Ireland, early 1939. Much has changed for the Deverill family and a new generation is waiting in the wings. But eyes are once again turning towards Europe where the storm clouds of war are building. In Dublin, Martha Wallace's feelings of rejection have turned,. in an instant, to happiness. Martha came home from America, desperate to track down her birth mother. But instead she has lost her heart to the impossibly charming JP, scion of the Deverill family. Bridie Doyle has come a long way from her humble roots. Now Countess di Marcantonio and mistress of Castle Deverill, she is determined to make the splendid surroundings her home. Her flamboyant husband Cesare has other ideas. And, as his eye strays away from his wife, those close to the couple begin to question his true identity. Ktity Deverill believed that life with her husband Robert and their two children was her destiny, until the return of Jack O'Leary, her first love, as irresistible to her now as he was when they met, years before. But this time Jack's heart belongs elsewhere...

The senator's children

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 03:59
by Montemarano, Nicholas, 1970-
Publisher Tin House Books, 2017.
First US edition.
369 pages ; 20 cm
Call Number FIC Montemarano, Nicholas
Summary Sisters Betsy and Avery have never met, but they have both spent their lives under the scrutiny of prying cameras and tabloid journalists. Their father, David Christie, was a charismatic senator and promising presidential candidate until infidelity destroyed his campaign and his family's life. In the aftermath, Betsy grieves her broken family, while Avery struggles with growing up estranged from her infamous father yet still exposed by the national spotlight. Years later, as David's health declines, Betsy and Avery are forced to face their complicated feelings about him--and about each other.

The shadow list

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 03:59
by Moss, Todd,
Publisher G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
353 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Call Number F MOSS
Summary "A cutting-edge novel of international crime and its consequences, from Nigeria to Russia to Washington, from the former deputy assistant secretary of state. We laugh when it pops up in our inbox: the scam letter promising a windfall. We wonder: How does anybody fall for these things? But it is no laughing matter. It is one of the biggest organized crime rackets in the world, it is deadly - and State Department crisis manager Judd Ryker has fallen right into the middle of it. The disappearance of a young American in London sends Ryker into the heart of a corruption scandal in Nigeria, at the same time his CIA agent wife Jessica finds herself chasing a Russian master criminal known as the Bear. Unknown to either of them, they are pulling at two ends of the same lethal thread, a staggeringly vicious enterprise of piracy, extortion, and murder. The world is messy and dangerous, Jessica warns her husband. More dangerous than you know. But he is about to find out"--

Left to chance : a novel

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 03:59
by Nathan, Amy Sue,
Publisher St. Martin's Griffin, 2017.
First edition.
ix, 272 pages ; 21 cm
Call Number F NATHAN

A working woman

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 03:59
by Navarro, Elvira, 1978-
Publisher Two Lines Press, [2017]
191 pages ; 21 cm
Call Number FIC Navarro, Elvira
Summary Elisa transcribes the testimony of her roommate Susana, acting as part therapist, part confessor then begins to wonder if Susana is telling the truth and Elisa considers her own life failures.

Pupcakes : a Christmas novel

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 03:59
by Noblin, Annie England,
Publisher William Morrow, [2017] ©2017
First edition.
364, 10 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Call Number FIC Noblin, Annie
Summary "He stood in the doorway, overweight, depressed, nearly homeless. He was a pug named Teddy Roosevelt, and he was Brydie Benson's new full-time, four-legged housemate. True, Teddy was a little bit gassy, a little bit grumpy, but Brydie figured he was no worse than her ex-husband and probably a whole lot more faithful. Plus, he was part of the deal: pet-sit Teddy and live in a lovely home rent-free. Navigating her newly single world wasn't easy, but Brydie knew a couple of things: First, she was a darn good baker. Second, she wasn't going to let circumstances get the better of her. So she began to rebuild her world -- making new friends, like cute local veterinarian Nathan Reid; Teddy's irascible owner, Pauline Newman; and new work colleagues who began to remind her what the true meaning of family was all about. As Halloween turned to Christmastime, Brydie's disdain for Teddy and her new life turned into a love she hadn't known she still had inside of her. She began to realize that baking for Teddy could be just as satisfying as baking for humans -- after all, dogs rarely complain. And somewhere, in between gluten-free dog bones and crisp apple tarts, Brydie found the life she'd never known she'd always wanted." --