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New Adult Fiction

These are a few of the new fiction books we're talking about at the store.  

If you're looking for our Bestselling Fiction, those titles are featured on our Bestseller List.  

Updated June 28, 2018.

A Question of Trust Cover Image
ISBN: 9781468316148
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Published: Overlook Press - July 10th, 2018

Ms. Vincenzi is back with another sweeping period story.   Starting in 1936, we meet Tom Knelston, a poor but ambitious young man and Diana Southcott, to the manor born.  Their lives intersect over the next 20 years as their lives reflect the sweeping social changes of the times.  Fans of Ms. Vincenzi will love this book.   

The Summer Wives: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062660343
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Published: William Morrow - July 10th, 2018

In the summer of 1951, Miranda Schuyler arrives on an elite island off the New England coast. Still mourning the loss of her father in WWII, Miranda is uneasy when her beautiful mother marries wealthy Hugh Fisher. His wealth introduces Miranda to the high society of Winthrop Island. Besides gaining a step-father, Miranda gains a new step-sister, Isobel Fisher. The island possesses 2 groups of people: the summer families and the working class fisherman and domestic workers.  Uneasy as Miranda is with the privileged class, she is drawn to a young man whose father keeps the lighthouse in the summer. Joseph helps his father with the lobster boats in the summer and attends Brown University in the fall. Unfortunately, Miranda's step-sister Isobel has had a complicated relationship with Joseph. As the summer comes to an end, Miranda is caught up in a catastrophe that banishes her from the island until the late 1960s when she returns.  As you can imagine, what results is a tale of secrets, romance, murder, and power.   

The Secrets Between Us: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062442208
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Published: Harper - June 26th, 2018

Ms. Umrigar has written a triumphant sequel to

The Space Between Us, also a must read.  Bhima returns as the main character who must forgo a new life as she learns to support herself and her granddaughter, Maya.  The people they meet along the way help move them ever closer to success.  It's a powerful story of strength, survival, friendship and female power.  It moves from the caste society to modern India and, ultimately, freedom.

The Banker's Wife Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735218451
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - July 3rd, 2018

On an early November morning, a plan bound for Geneva is lost from the radar and the wreckage is found in the Alps.  Among those lost is Matthew Lerner, a banker at the Swiss United Bank.  His widow Annabel is left behind, trying to understand what has happened and who her husband was.  Meanwhile, an ambitious journalist, Marina Tourneau, newly engaged to a man whose father will announce his intent to run for president of the United States, has agreed to write one more story.  Marina is trying to make sense of the death of her mentor and magazine boss. The story has led her to shady dealings at Swiss United Bank and to some of their powerful clients.  The story Marina is writing could be the answer to Annabel's search.

Us Against You: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501160790
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Published: Atria Books - June 5th, 2018

Mr. Backman continues where Beartown left off.  The new hockey season is approaching and the town has been divided by the recent tragic events.  You'll say hello to favorite old characters and meet some new ones too as the sad little town in Sweden pushes on through another hockey season.  Your heart will break for those on both sides of the great divide that has developed.  Can this town survive or will it just be Us Against You?   The answer might surprise you.

The Word Is Murder: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062676788
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Published: Harper - June 5th, 2018

This book is causing quite a stir at the Book Bin.  Many among our staff have lent the "advanced reader copy" to their significant others, and both men and women are raving about it.  In writing a very inventive mystery, Mr. Horowitz has put himself into the book as he helps solve the murder of a woman.  Coincidentally, the murdered woman ordered and paid for her own funeral the day before she died.  This is a great procedural crime story peppered with deduction and wit.

The Outsider: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501180989
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Published: Scribner - May 22nd, 2018

When a child is brutally murdered, Detective Ralph Anderson quickly arrests a popular Little League Coach.  The evidence is rock solid, as are the eye-witness accounts.  How then can the coach have such an unbreakable alibi with his own solid witnesses?  Leave it to Mr. King to give you a really creepy but fascinating answer.

Warlight: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525521198
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Published: Knopf - May 8th, 2018

The author of The English Patient has written a very fine novel about a secret side of London after World War II.  Warlight begins in 1945. Fourteen year old Nathaniel and his sixteen year old sister, Rachel, learn that their parents are leaving for Singapore for an indefinite amount of time.  They will be taken care of by a man they have never met who they nickname The Moth.  The Moth brings many intriguing, mysterious visitors into their home.  These characters, the siblings' parents' whereabouts and the secret war being carried out after World War II, are part of what makes Ondaatje's novel so fascinating.

When I read The English Patient, I felt the prose was fog-like, hard to penetrate.  Warlight has some foggy patches, but it is easier to decipher than The English Patient.  - Nancy Randall

The Death of Mrs. Westaway Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501156212
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - May 29th, 2018

Ruth Ware is back in another very atsmopheric mystery.  You don't have to believe in tarot card readers to enjoy this good summer read.

There There: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525520375
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Published: Knopf - June 5th, 2018

This debut novel has been getting a lot of hype for its subject matter and the interesting way that it is written.  All of the characters are Native Americans living in Oakland, California.  All the chapters are short(2-8 pages) and center around one of about a dozen of these characters.  The focal point is a pow wow that will take place in the Oakland Coliseum, and all of these twelve individuals will be participating in the pow wow in one way or another.  Although the plot line is fairly predictable, the conclusion is shocking.

There There is a great work of prose.  Orange's writing is simple, yet emotionally charged.  In just a few pages he gets his reader into the heart and mind of each of these Native Americans.  I would suggest reading this novel quickly.  When I didn't pick it up for several days, I had to go back and reread about some of the main characters.  -Nancy Randall

Gateway to the Moon: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385542906
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Published: Nan A. Talese - April 10th, 2018

Ms. Morris has written a historical novel set in 1492 Spain when the Jewish people were expelled or converted to Christianity.  Louis de Torres is a "converso" and interpreter who sails with Columbus.  The de Torro family history is chronicled from the Spanish Inquisition to modern day, 1492-1992.  Miguel Torres, a 16 year-old descendant of the family, lives in New Mexico in 1992.  He studies the stars; they give his life meaning.  His coming of age story ties the book together.  This is the beautifully written story of survival of a people in the face of evil. 

A Place for Us: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781524763558
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Published: SJP for Hogarth - June 12th, 2018

Mirza's debut novel is slow paced with wonderful prose and a captivating story.  It is about a devout Muslim family originally from India who settle in California.  The father, Rafiq, travels often for business, loves his wife and three children but has high expectations for all of them.  The mother, Layla, devotes herself to her family and never regrets it.  The two daughters are obedient and hard working.  The youngest member, a son, Amar, is the challenge.  He does not do well in school,  leaves the mosque when it is time to pray and is always arguing with his father.

The novel begins at the eldest sister's wedding, but soon after jumps to Amar's difficulty in first grade.  At first it is a bit disconcerting that the years change so quickly, but soon the reader learns to go with the flow.  Fatima Farheen Mirza is an excellent writer who has given us five unforgettable characters.    -Nancy Randall

The Lost Family: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062742162
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Published: Harper - June 5th, 2018

In 1965 Manhattan, customers vie for a reservation to Masha's restaurant.  Not only is it famous for its brisket bourguignon and impeccable service, but it is also well known for its handsome owner and head chef, Peter Rashkin. Peter is single but has no desire to date or marry.  A survivor of Auschwitz, Peter has resigned himself to be alone, guilt ridden with the horrors of losing his wife Masha and their daughters in the atrocities of World War II. Then one night, a beautiful young woman enters the restaurant and Peter's world is turned upside down.  An unexpected passionate affair begins and when June becomes pregnant,  they marry.  Peter's memories of his lost family ultimately will decide his new family's fate.

The Only Story: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525521211
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Published: Knopf - April 17th, 2018

Paul, age nineteen, meets Susan, age forty-eight, when they are paired together for a tennis mixed doubles match.  Susan is married and has two daughters who are close to Paul in age.  Despite a number of differences, they fall in love and eventually move in together.  Although they encounter several set backs, they stay together for almost a decade.  Their love affair and its aftermath is described by Paul after Susan has died and he is a man in his sixties.  Throughout the narrative, Paul searches for a quote, phrase or idea that describes exactly what love is.

For those who want a fast paced plot, The Only Story is not for you.  However, I enjoyed Barnes's story, his characters and his digressions about love, memory and honesty.

-- Nancy Randall

The Fallen (Memory Man series #4) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538761397
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 17th, 2018

Amos Decker sustained a football injury that altered his personality and gave himsynesthesia--seeing things around him in color according to what they mean or how Amos senses them--and hyperthymesia--the ability to remember everything he sees. Amos Decker is the Memory Man. In The Fallen, Amos is in Baronville with his partner Alex, visiting Alex's sister and her family.  A former mill and mining town with a crumbling economy, it isn't the most exciting place to visit.  However, Amos realizes something sinister is going on.  There have been 4 murders in the space of 2 weeks.  Amos stumbles on a double murder after being in the town for just a few hours.  Always aware of his ability to see what others miss, Amos feels it is his duty to help the police.  Murder comes too close in this terrific 4th book in the series.

The Crooked Staircase: A Jane Hawk Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525483427
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Published: Bantam - May 8th, 2018

CIRCE (#1 New York Times bestseller) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316556347
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - April 10th, 2018

You don't have to be a fan of Greek mythology to enjoy and appreciate Madeline Miller's second novel.  Circe is a daughter of Helios, god of the sun.  Although, she is not a goddess,  she practices witchcraft and is immortal.  When she turns a rival into a monster, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island where she concocts potions and lives among lions and wolves.   Although she spends most of her years alone on Aiaia, she has some illustrious visitors-Hermes, Odysseus, Penelope and their son, Telemachus.  Throughout her life, Circe has been attracted to mortal men, even though she knows it will bring her nothing but sorrow.

Circe was a delightful read.  Miller's prose is simple and clear yet beautifully descriptive.  The characters come alive and the settings are vividly rendered.

Paris by the Book: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101986271
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Published: Dutton - April 3rd, 2018

The Female Persuasion: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781594488405
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 3rd, 2018

I don't always like Meg Wolitzer's novels, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one.  There are four main characters in The Female Persuasion, and I found all of them real, complex and engaging.  Greer Kadetsky is smart,shy, ambitious and the daughter of two unmotivated, unconcerned hippies.  Her boyfriend, Cory, is smart, loving, creative and sensitive.  Her best friend, Zee, is a lesbian who wants to work for a cause, but not sure what it should be.  Greer's mentor, Faith Frank is a well-known, articulate leader of the women's movement.  Although Greer is the one who has a strong relationship with Cory, Zee and Faith, each of these characters can stand on their own.

At the core of this novel is the theme of how one decides what is the right path to choose in life, yet The Female Persuasion also depicts a lot of timely issues using engrossing, easy to read prose.

The Italian Teacher Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735222694
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Published: Viking - March 20th, 2018

Tom Rachman wrote The Imperfectionists which I thought was wonderful, and I feel the same way about his newest work.  The title refers to the main character, Charles Bavinsky, affectionately known as Pinch.  Born in Rome to a Canadian mother who is a frustrated potter and a seldom seen, but adored, father who is a world famous painter, Pinch spends his childhood and much of his adult life seeking his father's love and approval, something the reader knows he will never obtain.  Poor Pinch achieves little success both in personal relationships and in his professional life.  However, after his father dies, having fathered as many children as he has produced paintings, Pinch makes some bold moves which bring him a feeling of self-worth and a small degree of fame.  The Italian Teacher is fun, interesting, complex and yet not at all difficult to read.  Rachman poses some unanswered questions about art, family and fame.

-- Nancy Randall

In Prior's Wood: A Max Tudor Mystery (A Max Tudor Novel #7) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250092809
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Minotaur Books - April 17th, 2018


Max Tudor is back in G M Malliet's 7th mystery.  These are fun, light and well written mysteries.

The High Tide Club: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250126061
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Published: St. Martin's Press - May 8th, 2018

Get ready for a juicy and totally enjoyable summer read.  The High Tide Club is a  multi-generational saga with a story that will have you reading long into the night.  Set on a small island off the coast of Georgia, Josephine Bettendorf Warrick summons attorney Brooke to her 20,000 acre island home of Talisa.  Although Brooke has never met Josephine, she is intrigued when the note mentions an important legal matter. Brooke arrives on the island to find 95 year old Josephine dying from cancer but still feisty.  She wants to hire Brooke for 2 reasons:  first, Talisa needs to be protected from those who want to turn the island into a resort, and second, Josephine wants to make amends with the heirs of the women who were her closest friends and members of the High Tide Club. Josephine hasn't talked to her old friends for years but feels they would be the only ones that could help save the island. Looking for these people, however, leads to hidden secrets, betrayals, and even murder.

-- Marla Alexander