New Adult Fiction

Pretend we are lovely : a novel

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Reid, Noley,
Publisher Tin House Books, 2017.
First US edition.
300 pages ; 22 cm.
Summary It's the summer of 1982 in Blacksburg, Virginia--seven years after the suspicious death of a son and sibling--and the Sobel family is hungry. Francie dresses in tennis skirts and ankle socks and weighs her grams of allotted carrots and iceberg lettuce. Her semi-estranged husband Tate prefers a packed fridge and hidden doughnuts. Daughters Enid, ten, and Vivvy, almost thirteen, are subtler versions of their parents, measuring their summer vacation by meals had or meals skipped. But at summer's end, secrets both old and new emerge and Francie disappears, leaving the family teetering on the brink. Told from alternating points of view by the four living Sobels, Pretend We Are Lovely is a sharp and darkly funny story of forgiveness, family secrets, and the losses we inherit. At its core is the ever-complicated and deeply-devoted bond of sisterhood as the girls, left mostly to their own devices, must navigate their way through middle school, find comfort in each other, and learn the difference between food and nourishment.

The swallow's nest

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Richards, Emilie, 1948-
Publisher MIRA, [2017] ©2017
471, [5] pages ; 25 cm
Summary When Lilia Swallow's husband, Graham, goes into remission after a challenging year of treatment for lymphoma, the home and lifestyle blogger throws a party. Their best friends and colleagues attend to celebrate his recovery, but just as the party is in full swing, a new guest arrives. She presents Lilia with a beautiful baby boy, and vanishes. Toby is Graham's darkest secret--his son, conceived in a moment of despair. Lilia is utterly unprepared for the betrayal the baby represents, and perhaps less so for the love she begins to feel once her shock subsides. Now this unasked-for, precious gift becomes a life-changer for three women: Lilia, who takes him into her home and heart; Marina, who bore and abandoned him until circumstance and grief changed her mind; and Ellen, who sees in him a chance to correct the mistakes she made with her own son, Toby's father. A custody battle begins, and each would-be mother must examine her heart, confront her choices and weigh her dreams against the fate of one vulnerable little boy. Each woman will redefine family, belonging and love--and the results will alter the course not only of their lives, but also the lives of everyone they care for.

The readymade thief

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Rose, Augustus,
Publisher Viking, [2017]
374 pages : illustration ; 24 cm
Call Number FIC Rose, Augustus
Summary "For fans of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, an arresting literary puzzle that introduces an unforgettable young heroine plunged into the twisted world of a secret society occupying the derelict buildings of Philadelphia, which heralds the arrival of an astoundingly imaginative and propulsive new voice in fiction. Lee Cuddy is 17 years old and on the run, alone on the streets of Philadelphia. After taking the fall for a rich friend, Lee reluctantly accepts refuge in the Crystal Castle--a cooperative of homeless kids squatting in an austere, derelict building. But homeless kids are disappearing from the streets of Philadelphia in suspicious numbers, and Lee quickly discovers that the secret society's charitable facade is too good to be true. She finds an unexpected ally in Tomi, a young artist and hacker whose knowledge of the Internet's black market is rivaled only by his ability to break into and out of buildings. From abandoned aquariums to highly patrolled museums to the homes of vacationing Philadelphians, Tomi and Lee can always chart a way to the next, perfect hide-out"--

All we shall know

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Ryan, Donal, 1977-
Publisher Penguin Books, 2017. ©2016
180 pages ; 19 cm
Call Number FIC Ryan, Donal
Summary "A breathtaking and redemptive novel from the award-winning and Man Booker nominated author Donal Ryan Melody She is alone and in trouble. At 33 years-old, she finds herself pregnant with the child of a 17 year-old Traveller boy, Martin Toppy, and not by her husband Pat. Melody was teaching Martin to read, but now he's gone, and Pat leaves too, full of rage. She's trying to stay in the moment, but the future is looming, while the past won't let her go. It's a good thing that she meets Mary Crothery when she does. Mary is a bold young Traveller woman, and she knows more about Melody than she lets on. She might just save Melody's life. Following the nine months of her pregnancy, All We Shall Know unfolds with emotional immediacy in Melody's fierce, funny, and unforgettable voice, as she contends with her choices, past and present"--

Race against time

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Sala, Sharon,
Publisher MIRA, [2017] ©2017
312 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number F SALA
Summary "Growing up in the foster system, Quinn O'Meara made a point of never getting involved. When she discovers a crying baby amid a fiery crime scene, she knows she has no choice. Suddenly in way over her head, Quinn turns to the police, unintentionally positioning herself in the crosshairs of a deadly human-trafficking ring. The last time homicide detective Nick Saldano saw Quinn, she was still the young girl he'd shared a foster home with. The girl who'd loved and cared for him when no one else had. Now here she was, gorgeously all grown-up-and in terrible danger. Unwilling to lose her again, Nick insists on keeping Quinn close, especially when the bond they once shared heatedly slides into desire. Quinn finally has someone worth holding on to, but what kind of future can they have when she might not live to see tomorrow?" -- From dust jacket.

The slip

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Sampson, Mark, 1975-
Publisher Dundurn, 2017.
278 pages 22 cm
Summary "Professor Philip Sharpe is having a bad day when he appears on a live televised debate. But things will only get worse when, flustered on air, he makes some wildly inappropriate remarks. The "slip" goes viral and Philip's life and marriage go into a tailspin. His life unravelling, Philip hatches a scheme he hopes will put it all back together."--


Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Scego, Igiaba, 1974-
Publisher New Vessel Press, [2017]
183 pages ; 21 cm
Call Number FIC Scego, Igiaba
Summary A searing novel about a young immigrant woman's dream of freedom in Rome and the legacies of her African past.

Shadow girl

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Schmitt, Gerry,
Publisher Berkley, 2017.
First edition.
309 pages ; 24 cm.
Summary "The brutal murder of a business tycoon leaves Afton Tangler and the Twin Cities reeling, but that's just the beginning of a gruesome crime spree ... Leland Odin made his fortune launching a home shopping network, but his millions can't save his life. On the list for a transplant, the ailing businessman sees all hope lost when the helicopter carrying his donor heart is shot out of the sky. Now with two pilots dead and dozens injured, Afton Tangler, family liaison officer for the Minneapolis Police Department, is drawn into the case. As she and her partner investigate family members and business associates, whoever wants Leland dead strikes again--and succeeds--in a brazen hospital room attack. The supposedly squeaky clean millionaire has crossed the wrong person--and she's not finished exacting her revenge. The case explodes into an international conspiracy of unbridled greed and violence. And as Afton gets closer to unearthing the mastermind behind it, she gets closer to becoming collateral damage"--

Don't close your eyes : a novel

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Seddon, Holly,
Publisher Ballantine Books, [2017]
First U.S. edition.
322 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number F SEDDON
Summary "In a bustling suburban neighborhood in Manchester, England, sits an unassuming house. There is no sign of life behind the unwashed windows, but Robin Marshall is inside. Driven by fears and obsessions, racked by anxiety, Robin is frantically pushing her body through punishing workouts, eating little, haunted by what happened to her family when she was a girl. Robin's only connection to the outside world is through her rear windows and the lives she spies upon in the apartment house across the way. Then a stranger starts pounding on her door. Sarah Marshall is Robin's twin, estranged from her sister after their parents' betrayal and a violation at the hands of a man she should have been able to trust. Sarah has recently lost custody of the child she loves more than anything and has set off on her own, hoping that somewhere in England she can find Robin, the braver twin, the rock star, the survivor, the savior. These two young women, polar opposites, cannot go on unless they reckon with the past. While Sarah, slowly unraveling, searches for her sister's hiding place, Robin sees another life hanging in the balance in the lighted windows across the street. It is a life only Robin can save--as long as she never looks away. In a novel that is stunning in its twists, shocks, and gripping psychological suspense, two sisters find themselves on the razor's edge of sanity. Untold secrets, a ghastly lie, and suffocating guilt hold them back. Only one astounding act can set them free. And one last revelation will leave readers gasping in surprise"--

Guilt game

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Sellers, L. J.,
Publisher Thomas & Mercer, [2017]
227 pages ; 21 cm.
Summary Roxanne MacFarlane is the Extractor--a former CIA agent who specializes in rescuing people from dangerous situations. She lives on the edge and works outside the law, but desperate families know she's the only operative who can bring their missing loved ones home. Driven by guilt over the loss of her sister to a polygamous cult, she will stop at nothing to save her clients.When Dave and Jenny Carson ask her to find their daughter, Mia, and extract her from a charismatic cult leader who preys on young women with guilt issues, Rox is eager to help them. But the experimental treatment she just started in order to improve her atypical brain patterns forces her to face conflicting newfound emotions while working feverishly to find the secret compound and craft a strategy to get Mia out.When the bodies of young women who match Mia's description turn up, Rox must fast-forward her plans. But the situation is more complicated and dangerous than she realizes, and her own life is soon in jeopardy. Can Rox save Mia and bring down a ruthless predator before more young women fall victim?

No mortal thing

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Seymour, Gerald,
Publisher St. Martin's Press, 2017. ©2016.
First U.S. Edition.
408 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number F SEYMOUR
Summary After witnessing an assault by a member of one of Calabria's crime families and discovering that the police do not care, a young Englishman begins a pursuit that leads him to a delicate surveillance operation, setting off alarms in multiple countries.

After the bloom

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Shimotakahara, Leslie,
Publisher Dundurn, [2017] ©2017
321 pages ; 22 cm
Summary "Rita Takemitsu is a newly single mother raising her daughter in 1980's Toronto. When her mother, Lily, goes missing, Rita sets out to find her. In the course of her quest, Rita uncovers a host of secrets surrounding her mother's internment at a camp in the California desert during the Second World War and the truth about her mysterious father."--

Marriage of a thousand lies

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Sindu, SJ,
Publisher Soho Press, Inc., [2017]
275 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number FIC SINDU, S.J.
Summary "Lakshmi, called Lucky, is an unemployed millennial programmer. She likes to dance, to have a drink or two, and she makes art on commission. Fifty bucks gets you high-resolution digital images of anything you want (orcs, mermaids, cos-playing couples in sexy boudoir scenes) and a nice frameable print. Lucky's husband, Krishna, is an editor for a greeting card company. Both are secretly gay. They present their conservative Sri Lankan-American families with a heterosexual front, while each dates on the side. When Lucky's grandmother has a nasty fall, Lucky returns to her mother's home to act as caretaker and unexpectedly reconnects with her childhood best friend and first lover, Nisha. Nisha has agreed to an arranged marriage with a man she doesn't know, but finds herself attracted to her old friend. The attraction is mutual and Lucky tries to save Nisha from entering a marriage based on a lie. But does Nisha really want to be saved? And what does Lucky want, anyway? It doesn't always get better. To live openly means that Lucky would lose most of the community she was born into--a community she loves, an irreplaceable home. As Lucky, an outsider no matter what choices she makes, is pushed to the breaking point, Marriage of a Thousand Lies offers a moving exploration of friendship, family, and love, shot through with humor and loss"--

Mothers and other strangers

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Sorell, Gina,
Publisher Prospect Park Books, [2017]
317 pages ; 21 cm
Call Number F SORELL
Summary "My father proposed to my mother at gunpoint when she was nineteen, and knowing that she was already pregnant with a dead man's child, she accepted." Thus begins this riveting story of a woman's quest to understand her recently deceased mother, a glamorous, cruel narcissist who left her only child, Elsie, an inheritance of debts and mysteries. While coping with threats that she suspects are coming from the cult-like spiritual program her mother belonged to, Elsie works to unravel the message her dying mother left for her, a quest that ultimately takes her to the South African family homestead she never knew existed. Gina Sorell is a writer, actor, and creative director who was born in South Africa and now lives in Toronto with her family. After two decades as a working actor, including ten years in L.A., she returned to her first love, writing, graduating with distinction from the UCLA Extension Writers' Program. Gina pairs her novel writing with her work as the creative director of Eat My Words, a San Francisco-based branding firm. This is her first novel.

Evensong : a novel

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Southwood, Kate,
Publisher W.W. Norton & Company, [2017]
First edition.
224 pages ; 22 cm
Summary "For readers of Olive Kitteridge and Housekeeping, a novel about the deep undercurrents of love and regret in one Midwestern family. Margaret Maguire: a widow and grandmother, home from the hospital in time for Christmas, is no longer able to ignore the consequences of having married an imperious and arrogant man. Despite her efforts to be a good wife and mother in small town Iowa, her adult children are now strangers to each other, past hope of reconciling. Margaret's granddaughter could be the one to break the cycle, but she can't do it without Margaret's help. It's time to take stock, to examine the past, and even time for Margaret to call herself to account. By turns tenacious and tender, contrary and wry, Margaret examines her life's tragedies and joys, motivations and choices, coming to view herself and the past with compassion, if not entirely with forgiveness. Beautifully rendered and poignantly told, Evensong is a realistic portrait of a woman searching for tranquility at the end of her days"--

Liar's winter : an Appalachian novel

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Sproles, Cindy,
Publisher Kregel Publications, [2017]
246 pages ; 22 cm

The last cowboys of San Geronimo

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Stansel, Ian,
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017. ©2017
192 pages ; 22 cm
Call Number F STA
Summary "A contemporary Western debut about two brothers locked in a deadly feud, a woman on horseback trailing her husband's killer, and the inescapable ties of home and family. When Silas Van Loy flees home on horseback to avoid capture for his brother's murder, he is soon followed by both the police and his brother's wife, Lena, who is intent on exacting revenge. She reluctantly lets her trusted stable assistant join her in a journey across the wilds of Northern California in the hopes of catching Silas for one final showdown. Stansel follows the chase and shares the story of the brothers' rise from hardscrabble childhood to their reign as the region's preeminent horse trainers, tracking the tense sibling rivalry that ultimately leads to the elder's death. A fully realized tale that challenges notions of the modern West, The Last Cowboys of San Geronimo will satisfy fans of Kent Haruf, Larry McMurtry, Molly Gloss, and Smith Henderson, and establish Stansel as a new voice in this grand tradition"--

According to a source

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Stern, Abby
Publisher Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2017.
First Edition.
287 pages ; 25 cm
Call Number FIC STERN
Summary "We live in a society obsessed with celebrity, but have you ever wondered who is on the inside gathering the best celebrity gossip and how do they get access? Ella Warren works for celebrity news website, The Life, as a club reporter. She's assigned to stake out Hollywood's hottest clubs and spy on the celebrities inside. When Ella is pressured by her Devil Wears Prada-type boss to find an exclusive story to keep her job, she has to decide if being in Hollywood's elite inner circle is worth jeopardizing her friendship with actress Holiday Hall, her budding romance with Holiday's agent, and her family. A juicy, big-hearted novel about a young woman who loses herself in a fast-paced, glamorous world where finding your authentic self isn't easy."--

Incarnate : a novel

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Stolberg, Josh, 1971-
Publisher Emily Bestler Books/Atria Paperback, 2017.
First Emily Bestler books/Atria paperback edition.
342 pages
Call Number F STOLBURG
Summary "An ambitious and sharp-witted clinical psychiatrist turns detective when one of her patients comes under investigation for a series of brutal murders--is she a psychopath or a victim herself? Brilliant psychiatric resident Dr. Kim Patterson has one major flaw: she is too committed to her patients. Her willingness to break the rules and use unconventional methods to help her patients heal has already gotten her thrown out of several hospitals. And when Scarlett Hascall is brought into the psychiatric ward, Kim can't resist getting involved, even if it means breaking protocol--because Kim can see what the other doctors cannot. Scarlett is suffering from a rare condition: Dissociative Identity Disorder, otherwise known as Multiple Personalities. But even Kim is at a loss when she realizes that some of Scarlett's alternate identities are claiming to be people who have gone missing from their town. And when Scarlett's alter identity "Izzi" knows way too much about the whereabouts of the missing Isabel Wilcox, the police begin to suspect that Scarlett may have been involved with Isabel's disappearance. Only Kim defends Scarlett, certain of the girl's innocence. But her new theory is a radical one, one she can hardly believe herself: What if Kim is channeling the troubled souls of these victims? With the help of local police officer Zack Trainor, Kim digs further into Isabel's case, trying to find proof that Scarlett wasn't involved. The more they discover, the more it becomes apparent that something strange and frightening is going on with Scarlett. Is it possible she is truly harboring lost souls? Or is Scarlett playing a twisted game with her doctors and the police?"--

Beneath a scarlet sky : a novel

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 04:45
by Sullivan, Mark T.,
Publisher Lake Union Publishing, [2017]
513 pages ; 21 cm
Call Number F SULLIVAN
Summary In 1940s Italy, teenager Pino Lella joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps and falls for a beautiful widow, he also becomes the personal driver of one of the Third Reich's most powerful commanders.