New Adult Fiction

Burntown : a novel

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 08:27
by McMahon, Jennifer, 1968-
Publisher Doubleday, [2017] ©2017
First edition.
287 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number F MCM
Summary "Ashford, Vermont, might look like your typical sleepy New England college town, but to the shadowy residents who live among the remains of its abandoned mills and factories, it's known as "Burntown." Eva Sandeski, known as "Necco" on the street, has been a part of this underworld for years, ever since the night her father Miles drowned in a flood that left her and her mother Lily homeless. A respected professor, Miles was also an inventor of fantastic machines, including one so secret that the plans were said to have been stolen from Thomas Edison's workshop. According to Lily, it's this machine that got Miles murdered. Necco has always written off this claim as the fevered imaginings of a woman consumed by grief. But when Lily dies under mysterious circumstances, and Necco's boyfriend is murdered, she's convinced her mother was telling the truth. Now, on the run from the man called "Snake Eyes," Necco must rely on other Burntown outsiders to survive..."--

Backfield boys

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 05:27
by Feinstein, John,
Publisher Farrar Straus Giroux, 2017.
First edition.
xi, 353 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number YA F FEI
Summary When best friends Tom and Jason leave New York City for an elite, sports-focused boarding school in Virginia to play football, they find some coaches and teammates to be steeped in racism.

The big F

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 05:27
by Martin, Maggie Ann,
Publisher Swoon Reads, 2017.
First edition.
280 pages ; 21 cm
Books
Call Number YA F MAR
Summary Danielle knew how she wanted her future to go until she failed English and her one college application was rejected.

To die in spring : a novel

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 05:27
by Rothmann, Ralf,
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.
First American edition.
211 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number F ROT
Summary "The lunacy of the final months of World War II, as experienced by a young German soldier. Distant, silent, often drunk, Walter Urban is a difficult man to have as a father. But his son -- the narrator of this slim, harrowing novel -- is curious about Walter's experiences during World War II, and so makes him a present of a blank notebook in which to write down his memories. Walter dies, however, leaving nothing but the barest skeleton of a story on those pages, leading his son to fill in the gaps himself, rightly or wrongly, with what he can piece together of his father's early life. This, then, is the story of Walter and his dangerously outspoken friend Friedrich Caroli, seventeen-year-old trainee milkers on a dairy farm in northern Germany who are tricked into volunteering for the army during the spring of 1945: the last, and in many ways the worst, months of the war. The men are driven to the point of madness by what they experience, and when Friedrich finally deserts his post, Walter is forced to do the unthinkable. Told in a remarkable impressionistic voice, focusing on the tiny details and moments of grotesque beauty that flower even in the most desperate situations, Ralf Rothmann's To Die in Spring "ushers in the pos -- [Günter] Grass era with enormous power" (Die Zeit)." -- "The lunacy of the final months of World War II, as experienced by a young German soldier"--

Thirteen rising : a Zodiac novel

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 05:27
by Russell, Romina,
Publisher Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2017. ©2017
329 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Books
Call Number YA F RUS
Summary "New York Times bestselling author Romina Russell's epic sci-fi fantasy series ZODIAC reaches its breathtaking conclusion with THIRTEEN RISING, the highly anticipated fourth and final novel. The master has been unmasked. Rho's world has been turned upside down. With her loved ones in peril and all the stars set against her, can the young Guardian from House Cancer muster the strength to keep fighting? Or has she finally found her match in a master whose ambition to rule knows no limits?"--Amazon.com.

The language of solitude : a novel

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 05:27
by Sendker, Jan-Philipp,
Publisher 37Ink, Atria, 2017.
First 37 Ink/Atria Books hardcover edition.
340 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number F SEN
Summary Starting over in Hong Kong after a devastating family tragedy, journalist Paul Leibovitz investigates a mysterious illness in a remote village outside Shanghai, where he discovers that a powerful chemical conglomerate is polluting a local lake.

The right time : a novel

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 05:27
by Steel, Danielle,
Publisher Delacorte Press, [2017] ©2017
First edition.
325 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number F STE
Summary "Abandoned by her mother at age seven, Alexandra Winslow took solace in the mystery stories she read with her devoted father--and soon she was writing them herself, slowly graduating to dark, violent, complex crime stories that reflected skill and imagination far beyond her years. After her father's early death, at fourteen Alex is taken in by the nuns of a local convent, where she finds twenty-six mothers to take the place of the one she lost, and the time and encouragement to pursue her gift. As she climbs the ladder of publishing success, however, she does so with her father's admonition firmly in mind: men read crime stories by men, only--and so Alexandra Winslow publishes under the pseudonym Alexander Green, her true identity known only to a few close associates. Moving from Alex's childhood to her forties, through loss and triumph, the inner workings of the publishing world and Hollywood adaptations--with the truth behind the celebrated Alexander Green concealed at all costs"--

Sisters

Fri, 08/25/2017 - 05:27
by Tuck, Lily, 1938-
Publisher Atlantic Monthly Press, [2017]
First edition.
154 pages 20 cm
Books
Call Number F TUC
Summary A novel of marriage, infidelity, and obsession follows a new wife who struggles with her unrelenting fascination with her husband's first wife.

The golden legend

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 11:12
by Aslam, Nadeem,
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
First American edition.
319 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number F ASL
Summary "When shots ring out on the Grand Trunk Road, Nargis's life begins to crumble around her. Her husband, Massud--a fellow architect--is caught in the cross fire and dies before she can confess her greatest secret to him. Now under threat from a powerful military intelligence officer, who demands that she pardon her husband's American killer, Nargis fears that the truth about her past will soon be exposed. For weeks someone has been broadcasting people's secrets from the minaret of the local mosque, and, in a country where even the accusation of blasphemy is a currency to be bartered, the mysterious broadcasts have struck fear in Christians and Muslims alike. When the loudspeakers reveal a forbidden romance between a Muslim cleric's daughter and Nargis's Christian neighbor, Nargis finds herself trapped in the center of the chaos tearing their community apart. In his characteristically luminous prose, Nadeem Aslam has given us a lionhearted novel that reflects Pakistan's past and present in a single mirror, a story of corruption, resilience, and the disguises that are sometimes necessary for survival--a revelatory portrait of the human spirit"--

Beartown : a novel

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 11:12
by Backman, Fredrik, 1981-
Publisher Atria Books, 2017.
First Atria Books hardcover edition.
418 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number F BAC
Summary "From the New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry, and Britt-Marie Was Here, comes a poignant, charming novel about a forgotten town fractured by scandal, and the amateur hockey team that might just change everything. Winning a junior ice hockey championship might not mean a lot to the average person, but it means everything to the residents of Beartown, a community slowly being eaten alive by unemployment and the surrounding wilderness. A victory like this would draw national attention to the ailing town: it could attract government funding and an influx of talented athletes who would choose Beartown over the big nearby cities. A victory like this would certainly mean everything to Amat, a short, scrawny teenager who is treated like an outcast everywhere but on the ice; to Kevin, a star player just on the cusp of securing his golden future in the NHL; and to Peter, their dedicated general manager whose own professional hockey career ended in tragedy. At first, it seems like the team might have a shot at fulfilling the dreams of their entire town. But one night at a drunken celebration following a key win, something happens between Kevin and the general manager's daughter--and the next day everything seems to have changed. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected. With so much riding on the success of the team, the line between loyalty and betrayal becomes difficult to discern. At last, it falls to one young man to find the courage to speak the truth that it seems no one else wants to hear. Fredrik Backman knows that we are forever shaped by the places we call home, and in this emotionally powerful, sweetly insightful story, he explores what can happen when we carry the heavy weight of other people's dreams on our shoulders"--

A line made by walking

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 11:12
by Baume, Sara,
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. ©2017
First U.S. edition.
308 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number F BAU
Summary Retreating to her family's rural house to escape the challenges of urban life, twentysomething artist Frankie explores the chain of events that have challenged her mental stability and art education.

Living in the weather of the world

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 11:12
by Bausch, Richard, 1945-
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
First edition.
ix, 242 pages ; 22 cm
Books
Call Number F BAU
Summary "From the prize-winning novelist and universally acclaimed short story writer ("Richard Bausch is a master of the short story"--The New York Times Book Review), thirteen unforgettable tales that showcase his electrifying artistry. Bausch plumbs the depths of familial and marital estrangement, the violence of suicide and despair, the gulfs between friends and lovers, the complexities of divorce and infidelity, the fragility and impermanence of love. Wherever he casts his gaze, he illuminates the darkest corners of human experience with the bright light of wisdom and compassion, finding grace and redemption amidst sorrow and regret. Bausch's stories are simply extraordinary"--

The last Neanderthal : a novel

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 11:12
by Cameron, Claire, 1973-
Publisher Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
First edition.
x, 277 pages : illustration ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number F CAM
Summary 40,000 years in the past, the last family of Neanderthals roams the earth. After a crushingly hard winter, their numbers are low, but Girl, the oldest daughter, is just coming of age and her family is determined to travel to the annual meeting place and find her a mate.But the unforgiving landscape takes its toll, and Girl is left alone to care for Runt, a foundling of unknown origin. As Girl and Runt face the coming winter storms, Girl realizes she has one final chance to save her people, even if it means sacrificing part of herself.In the modern day, archaeologist Rosamund Gale works well into her pregnancy, racing to excavate newly found Neanderthal artifacts before her baby comes. Linked across the ages by the shared experience of early motherhood, both stories examine the often taboo corners of women's lives. Haunting, suspenseful, and profoundly moving, The Last Neanderthal asks us to reconsider all we think we know about what it means to be human.

A single spy

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 11:12
by Christie, William, 1960-
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017.
First edition.
391 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number F CHR
Summary "Alexsi Ivanovich Smirnov, an orphan and a thief, has been living by his wits and surviving below the ever-watchful eye of the Soviet system until his luck finally runs out. In 1936, at the age of 16, Alexsi is caught by the NKVD and transported to Moscow. There, in the notorious headquarters of the secret police, he is given a choice: be trained and inserted as a spy into Nazi Germany under the identity of his best friend, the long lost nephew of a high ranking Nazi official, or disappear forever in the basement of the Lubyanka. For Alexsi, it's no choice at all. Over the course of the next seven years, Alexsi has to live his role, that of the devoted nephew of a high Nazi official, and ultimately works for the legendary German spymaster Wilhelm Canaris as an intelligence agent in the Abwehr. All the while, acting as a double agent--reporting back to the NKVD and avoiding detection by the Gestapo. Trapped between the implacable forces of two of the most notorious dictatorships in history, and truly loyal to no one but himself, Alexsi's goal remains the same--survival. In 1943, Alexsi is chosen by the Gestapo to spearhead one of the most desperate operations of the war--to infiltrate the site of the upcoming Tehran conference between Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin, and set them up to be assassinated. For Alexsi, it's the moment of truth; for the rest of the world, the future is at stake"--

Ararat

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 11:12
by Golden, Christopher,
Publisher St. Martin's Press, 2017.
First edition.
305 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number F GOL
Summary "When a newly engaged couple climbs Mount Ararat in Turkey, an avalanche forces them to seek shelter inside a massive cave uncovered by the snow fall. The cave is actually an ancient, buried ship that many quickly come to believe is really Noah's Ark. But when a team of scholars, archaeologists, and filmmakers make it inside the ark for the first time, they discover an elaborate coffin in its recesses ... and when they break it open, they find that the cadaver within is an ugly, misshapen thing ... and it has horns. A massive blizzard blows in, trapping them in that cave thousands of meters up the side of a remote mountain ... but they are not alone"--

Cave dwellers : a novel

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 11:12
by Grant, Richard, 1952-
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
First edition.
339 pages ; 25 cm
Books
Call Number F GRA
Summary "A gripping novel of historical espionage, about an eleventh-hour attempt by members of the German elite to unseat Adolf Hitler, and its endlessly complex consequences. In late 1937, the young lieutenant Oskar Langweil is recruited to this cause while attending a party at the lavish home of a baroness. A high-ranking officer in Germany's counter-intelligence agency, brings Oskar into the fold because of their mutual involvement in a patriotic youth league, and soon dispatches him to Washington, D.C. on a perilous mission. Despite his best efforts, Oskar is compromised, and must immediately find a way to sneak back into Germany unnoticed. A childhood friend introduces him to Lena, a fellow expat and Socialist, and they hatch a plan to have Oskar pose as her husband as they cross the Atlantic on a cruise ship filled with Nazis and fellow travelers. But bad luck follows them at every turn, and they find themselves messily entangled with the son of a U.S. Senator, a White Russian princess, a disgraced journalist, an aging brigadier, and a gay SS officer as the novel races toward an explosive conclusion"--

Celestial mechanics : a tale for a mid-winter night

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 11:12
by Heat Moon, William Least,
Publisher Three Rooms Press, [2017]
First edition.
385 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number F HEA
Summary "In this novel of haunted love, Silas Fortunato, an amateur astronomer, finds his marriage descending toward darkness until the arrival of his sister-in-law and soon thereafter the appearance of a witching neighbor who may or may not exist. Enigmatic, ghostly, and funny, the three women draw him into the equivocal nature of dreams and reality, and lead him on a journey toward something vastly beyond himself."--Jacket flap.

The nowhere man

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 11:12
by Hurwitz, Gregg Andrew,
Publisher Minotaur Books, 2017. ©2016
First edition.
358 pages ; 25 cm.
Books
Call Number F HUR
Summary "Spoken about only in whispers, it is said that when the Nowhere Man is reached by the truly desperate, he can and will do anything to save them. Evan Smoak is the Nowhere Man. Taken from a group home at twelve, Evan was raised and trained as part of the Orphan program, an off-the-books operation designed to create deniable intelligence assets--i.e. assassins. Evan was Orphan X. He broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear and reinvent himself as the Nowhere Man. But the new head of the Orphan program hasn't forgotten about him and is using all of his assets--including the remaining Orphans--to track down and eliminate Smoak. But this time, the attack comes from a different angle and Evan is caught unaware. Captured, drugged, and spirited off to a remote location, heavily guarded from all approaches. They think they have him trapped and helpless in a virtual cage but they don't know who they're dealing with--that they've trapped themselves inside that cage with one of the deadliest and most resourceful Orphans"--

The widow of Wall Street : a novel

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 11:12
by Meyers, Randy Susan,
Publisher Keywords Press, 2017.
First hardcover edition.
339 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number F MEY
Summary A provocative new novel by bestselling author Randy Susan Meyers about the seemingly blind love of a wife for her husband as he conquers Wall Street, and her extraordinary, perhaps foolish, loyalty during his precipitous fall. Phoebe recognizes fire in Jake Pierce's belly from the moment they meet as teenagers. As he creates a financial dynasty, she trusts him without hesitation--unaware his hunger for success hides a dark talent for deception. When Phoebe learns her husband's triumph and vast reach rests on an elaborate Ponzi scheme her world unravels. As Jake's crime is uncovered, the world obsesses about Phoebe. Did she know her life was fabricated by fraud? Was she his accomplice? While Jake is trapped in the web of his deceit, Phoebe is caught in an unbearable choice. Her children refuse to see her if she remains at their father's side, but abandoning him feels cruel and impossible. From penthouse to prison, with tragic consequences rippling well beyond Wall Street, Randy Susan Meyers's latest novel exposes a woman struggling to survive and then redefine her life as her world crumbles.

The perfect stranger : a novel

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 11:12
by Miranda, Megan,
Publisher Simon & Schuster, 2017.
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
337 pages ; 24 cm
Books
Call Number F MIR
Summary "Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later. Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend's life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all? With no friends, family, or a digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Soon Leah's credibility is at stake, and she is forced to revisit her past: the article that ruined her career. To save herself, Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy Grey--and along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name. Everyone in this rural Pennsylvanian town has something to hide--including Leah herself. How do you uncover the truth when you are busy hiding your own?"--

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