New Adult Fiction

The portrait

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Laurain, Antoine,
Publisher Gallic Books, 2017. ©2017
128 pages ; 20 cm.
Call Number F LAURAIN
Summary Avid antiques collector Pierre-François Chaumont unearths the find of a lifetime at a Paris auction house: an eighteenth-century portrait of a gentleman who looks just like him. Researching into the painting's history, he has the chance to abandon his tedious existence and walk into a brand new life . . .

Who you think I am

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Laurens, Camille,
Publisher Other Press, 2017. ©2017
176 pages ; 21 cm
Call Number F LAURENS
Summary "This is the story of Claire Millecam, a forty-eight-year-old teacher and divorcee who creates a fake social media profile to try to keep tabs on Jo, her occasional, elusive, and inconstant lover. Under the false identity of Claire Antunes, a young and beautiful twenty-four-year-old, she starts a correspondence with Chris--pseudonym KissChris--which soon turns into an Internet love affair. Who You Think I Am is a true novel of our times that brilliantly exposes the disconnect between desire and fantasy. Social media allows us to put ourselves on display, to indulge in secrets, but above all to lie, to recreate a life, to become our own fiction--a mixture of sentimental naivety manipulative perversity which echoes the libertine novels of the eighteenth century."--

Lonesome lies before us : a novel

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Lee, Don, 1959-
Publisher W.W. Norton & Company, [2017] ©2017
First edition.
335 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number FIC LEE
Summary Yadin Park is a talented alt-country musician whose career has floundereddoomed first by his homely looks and lack of stage presence and then by a progressive hearing disorder. His girlfriend, Jeanette Matsuda, might have been a professional photographer but for a devastating heartbreak in her teens. Now Yadin works for Jeanette's father's carpet-laying company in California while Jeanette cleans rooms at a local resort. When Yadins former lover and musical partner, the celebrated Mallory Wicks, comes back into his life, all their most private hopes and desires are exposed, their secret fantasies about love and success put to the test. Drawn to the music of indie singer-songwriters like Will Johnson, who helped shape the lyrics in this book, Don Lee has written a novel that unforgettably captures Americas deepest yearnings. Beautifully sad and laced with dark humor, Lonesome Lies Before Us is a profound, heartfelt romance, a soulful and memorable song.


Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Lenhardt, Melissa,
Publisher Redhook Books/Orbit, 2017.
First print edition.
421 pages ; 21 cm.
Summary "When Dr. Catherine Bennett is wrongfully accused of murder, she knows her fate likely lies with a noose unless she can disappear. Fleeing with a bounty on her head, she escapes with her maid to the uncharted territories of Colorado to build a new life with a new name. Although the story of the murderess in New York is common gossip, Catherine's false identity serves her well as she fills in as a temporary army doctor. But in a land unknown, so large and yet so small, a female doctor can only hide for so long"--

Shtum : a novel

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Lester, Jem,
Publisher Overlook Press, 2017. ©2016
313 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary "In this darkly funny and emotive debut, Ben Jewell has hit a breaking point. His profoundly autistic ten-year-old son, Jonah, has never spoken, and Ben and his wife Emma are struggling to cope. When Ben and Emma fake a separation―a strategic, yet ill-advised, decision to further Jonah's case in an upcoming tribunal to determine the future of his education―father and son are forced to move in with Georg, Ben's elderly and cantankerous father. In a small house in north London, three generations of men― one who can't talk; two who won't―are thrown together. As Ben confronts single fatherhood, he must battle a string of well-meaning social workers and his own demons to advocate for his son, learning some harsh lessons about accountability from his own father along the way. As the tribunal draws near, Jonah, blissful in his innocence, becomes the prism through which all the complicated strands of personal identity, family history, and misunderstanding are finally untangled."

Tell me how this ends well : a novel

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Levinson, David,
Publisher Hogarth, [2017] ©2017
First Edition.
404 pages ; 25 cm
Summary "In 2022, American Jews face an increasingly unsafe and anti-Semitic landscape at home. Against this backdrop, the Jacobson family gathers for Passover in Los Angeles. But their immediate problems are more personal than political, with the three adult children, Mo, Edith, and Jacob, in various states of crisis, the result, each claims, of a lifetime of mistreatment by their father, Julian. The siblings have begun to suspect that Julian is hastening their mother Roz's demise, and years of resentment boil over as they debate whether to go through with the real reason for their reunion: an ill-considered plot to end their father’s iron rule for good. That is, if they can put their bickering, grudges, festering relationships, and distrust of one another aside long enough to act. And God help them if their mother finds out . . .", viewed on March 31, 2017.

P.S. from Paris : a novel

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Levy, Marc, 1961-
Publisher Amazon Crossing, [2017]
270 pages ; 21 cm
Call Number FIC LEVY, MARC


Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Lockhart, Timothy J.,
Publisher Stark House Press, 2017.
First Stark House press edition.
206 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number F LOCKHART
Summary Smith is a killer, a paid assassin. Hired by the Enterprise, an American shadow agency, and trained by folks who know how to take a talent for killing and turn it into an asset. The first kills settle an old score. The next job is to remove an unwanted Central American political figure. It's not a mission. The mission is to stay alive. It's not a calling. It's a matter of life and death. Smith would love to retire. But there's always one more job. If Smith can live that long.

The end of Eddy

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Louis, Édouard,
Publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017. ©2017
First American edition.
192 pages ; 21 cm
Call Number LOU
Summary "An autobiographical novel about growing up gay in a working-class town in Picardy. "Every morning in the bathroom I would repeat the same phrase to myself over and over again. Today I'm really gonna be a tough guy." Growing up in a poor village in northern France, all Eddy Bellegueule wanted was to be a man in the eyes of his family and neighbors. But from childhood, he was different -- "girlish," intellectually precocious, and attracted to other men. Already translated into twenty languages, The End of Eddy captures the violence and desperation of life in a French factory town. It is also a sensitive, universal portrait of boyhood and sexual awakening. Like Karl Ove Knausgaard or Edmund White, Édouard Louis writes from his own undisguised experience, but he writes with an openness and a compassionate intelligence that are all his own. The result -- a critical and popular triumph -- has made him the most celebrated French writer of his generation."--

Black Moses

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Mabanckou, Alain, 1966-
Publisher The New Press, [2017]
199 pages ; 20 cm
Summary "It's not easy being Tokumisa Nzambe po Mose yamoyindo abotami namboka ya Bakoko. There's that long name of his for a start, which means, "Let us thank God, the black Moses is born on the lands of the ancestors." Most people just call him Moses. Then there's the orphanage where he lives, run by a malicious political stooge, Dieudonne Ngoulmoumako, and where he's terrorized by two fellow orphans--the twins Songi-Songi and Tala-Tala. But after Moses exacts revenge on the twins by lacing their food with hot pepper, the twins take Moses under their wing, escape the orphanage, and move to the bustling port town of Pointe-Noire, where they form a gang that survives on petty theft. What follows is a funny, moving, larger-than-life tale that chronicles Moses's ultimately tragic journey through the Pointe-Noire underworld and the politically repressive world of Congo-Brazzaville in the 1970s and 80s"--

Moving the palace

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Majdalani, Charif, 1960-
Publisher New Vessel Press, [2017]
[English translation edition]
198 pages ; 21 cm
Summary "At the dawn of the 20th century, a young Lebanese explorer leaves the Levant for the wilds of Africa, encountering an eccentric English colonel in Sudan and enlisting in his service. In this lush chronicle of far-flung adventure, the military recruit crosses paths with a compatriot who has dismantled a sumptuous palace in Tripoli and is transporting it across the continent on a camel caravan. The protagonist soon takes charge of this hoard or architectural fragments, ferrying the dismantled landmark through Sudan, Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula, attempting to return to his native Beirut with this moveable real estate. Along the way, he encounters skeptic sheikhs, suspicious tribal leaders, bountiful feasts, pilgrims bound for Mecca and T.E. Lawrence in a tent. This is a captivating modern-day Odyssey in the tradition of Bruce Chatwin and Paul Theroux"--Back cover.

Black mad wheel

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Malerman, Josh,
Publisher Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
First edition.
291 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number F MALERMAN, J.
Summary "The Danes--the band known as the "Darlings of Detroit"--are washed up and desperate for inspiration, eager to once again have a number one hit. That is, until an agent from the U.S. Army approaches them. Will they travel to an African desert and track down the source of a mysterious and malevolent sound? Under the guidance of their front man, Philip Tonka, the Danes embark on a harrowing journey through the scorching desert--a trip that takes Tonka into the heart of an ominous and twisted conspiracy. Meanwhile, in a nondescript Midwestern hospital, a nurse named Ellen tends to a patient recovering from a near-fatal accident. The circumstances that led to his injuries are mysterious--and his body heals at a remarkable rate. Ellen will do the impossible for this enigmatic patient, who reveals more about his accident with each passing day. Part Heart of Darkness, part Lost, Josh Malerman's breathtaking new novel plunges us into the depths of psychological horror, where you can't always believe everything you hear."--

The seven rules of Elvira Carr : a novel

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Maynard, Frances,
Publisher Sourcebooks Landmark, 2017.
390 pages ; 21 cm
Call Number F MAYNARD
Summary "Elvira Carr believes in crisp schedules, clear guidelines, and taking people at face value. She lives at home with her overbearing mother, who has deemed her unfit to interact with the rest of society. But when her mother has a stroke, Ellie is suddenly forced to look after herself. She quickly comes up with an ingenious way of coping with the world: the seven social rules spreadsheet. Unfortunately, Ellie soon discovers that most people don't live their lives within a set of rules. As she experiences social missteps and awkward encounters, Ellie continues to learn - about herself, and the people around her. And she'll need this new knowledge if she hopes to pave the way to living life on her own terms."--

Unquiet ghosts : a novel

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Meade, Glenn, 1957-
Publisher Howard Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2017.
First Howard books hardcover edition.
414 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number FIC MEADE
Summary "Eight years ago, her husband and children were killed in a plane crash. Now, new evidence reveals that they didn't die--her husband deliberately vanished--and that he knows a secret the powerful forces will stop at nothing to keep hidden. Kathy Kelly's world was shattered when a plane carrying her husband--an Iraq War veteran and devoted father--and her two children vanished from the sky one night. No trace of the plane was ever found. Eight years later, Kathy has struggled to rebuild her life, but then wreckage of his plane is found in the wilderness of Great Smoky Mountain National Park--hundreds of miles from where her husband's plane should have been. The pilot perished in the crash, but there is no sign of Jack or the children. Could they have made it out alive after all? But if so, where have they been all this time? Where are they now? As Kathy searches for any clue about what happened to her family, the investigation uncovers some unsettling clues--including a briefcase containing millions of dollars in cash, a priceless mask stolen from an Iraqi museum, and a clue that links Jack's disappearance with the suspicious death of Kathy's mother years ago. But she soon learns that others have been looking for the wreckage and its occupants for a long time. Others who are determined to make sure she never finds her family and that they remain dead. Shadowy, powerful people who will kill for what was on board--a secret her husband was the keeper of. A secret so powerful it will open a Pandora's box of bloody revenge--one that reaches back into the past and into the highest echelons of wealth and power, all the way to the White House. This breathless, pulse-pounding thriller examines the very real billions in cash and priceless artifacts that vanished into the pockets of powerful American men during the Iraq war, and examines the extreme lengths some people will go to protect the secrets of what really happened to all that money"--

Boundary: the last summer

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Michaud, Andrée A., 1957-
Publisher Biblioasis, [2017]
First edition.
331 pages ; 21 cm.
Call Number F MICHAUD


Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Miller, Kei,
Publisher Pantheon Books, 2017. ©2016
First American edition.
239 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number F MIL
Summary "In the wake of Marlon James's Man Booker Prize-winning A Brief History of Seven Killings, Augustown--set in the backlands of Jamaica--is a magical and haunting novel of one woman's struggle to rise above the brutal vicissitudes of history, race, class, collective memory, violence, and myth. Ma Taffy may be blind but she sees everything. So when her great-nephew Kaia comes home from school in tears, what she senses sends a deep fear running through her. While they wait for his mama to come home from work, Ma Taffy recalls the story of the flying preacherman and a great thing that did not happen. A poor suburban sprawl in the Jamaican heartland, Augustown is a place where many things that should happen don't, and plenty of things that shouldn't happen do. For the story of Kaia leads back to another momentous day in Jamaican history, the birth of the Rastafari and the desire for a better life"--

The long drop : a novel

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Mina, Denise,
Publisher Little, Brown and Company, 2017. ©2017
First United States edition.
236 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number FIC Mina, Denise
Summary "William Watt is an ordinary businessman, a fool, a social climber. Peter Manuel is a famous liar, a rapist, a criminal. He claims he can get hold of the gun used to murder Watt's family. One night in 1957, Watt meets Manuel in a Glasgow bar to find out what he knows. Based on true events, The Long Drop is an extraordinarily unsettling, evocative and compelling novel from a writer at the height of her powers"--Dust jacket.

Dead certain : a novel

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Mitzner, Adam,
Publisher Thomas & Mercer, [2017]
336 pages ; 21 cm
Summary By day, Ella works as a buttoned-up attorney on some of the city's most grueling cases. By night, she pursues her passion for singing in the darkest clubs of Manhattan.

Inheritance from mother : a novel

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Mizumura, Minae,
Publisher Other Press, 2017.
446 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number F MIZ
Summary "Mitsuki Katsura, a Japanese woman in her mid-fifties, is a French language instructor at a private university in Tokyo. Her husband, whom she met in Paris, where he ardently wooed her, is a professor at a different private university. He is having an affair with a much younger woman. In addition to her husband's infidelity, Mitsuki must deal with her ailing eighty-something mother, a demanding, self-absorbed woman who is nothing like the idealized image of the patient, self-sacrificing Japanese matriarch. Mitsuki finds herself guiltily dreaming of the day when her mother will finally pass on. Though doing everything she can to ensure her mother's happiness, she grows weary of the responsibility of being a doting daughter and worries she is sacrificing her chance to find fulfillment in her middle age. Inheritance from Mother not only offers insight into a complex and paradoxical culture, but is also a profound work about mothers and daughters, marriage, old age, and the resilient spirit of women. "--

The lighthouse

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Moore, Alison, 1971-
Publisher Biblioasis, [2017]
203 pages ; 20 cm
Call Number FIC Moore, Alison
Summary In this Booker-Prize-nominated novel, one man's contemplative walk through the German countryside has sinister and shocking consequences.