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Fresh Lit! Rosalind Reisner www. areadersplace. net roz@thereisners. net Library. Link. NJ Webinar December Fresh Lit! Rosalind Reisner www. areadersplace. net [email protected] net Library. Link. NJ Webinar December 10, 2014

Books we’ll talk about today—literary fiction • • • Recent and forthcoming Well-reviewed & Books we’ll talk about today—literary fiction • • • Recent and forthcoming Well-reviewed & publicized First novels New novels by favorite authors Titles for reading groups

Trends… • Western settings, especially Montana and Wyoming • Returning soldiers; the trauma of Trends… • Western settings, especially Montana and Wyoming • Returning soldiers; the trauma of war, both historical and contemporary • Gone Girl is the go-to readalike book; everyone wants to capture that market!

Trends… • Family secrets, kidnappings, and more family secrets, ghosts too! • Historical fiction Trends… • Family secrets, kidnappings, and more family secrets, ghosts too! • Historical fiction continues to be huge • World War I time period • Fiction about well known writers and literary characters

Readers who like family and domestic drama (psychological insight good character development contemporary settings) Readers who like family and domestic drama (psychological insight good character development contemporary settings)

What I Had Before I Had You by Sarah Cornwell August, 2014; Harper. Collins What I Had Before I Had You by Sarah Cornwell August, 2014; Harper. Collins First novel Appeal: NJ setting, characters Themes: family secrets, coming of age, mental illness

Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper January, 2014; S&S First Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper January, 2014; S&S First novel Appeal: gentle read, lovable characters Themes: love, aging, searching

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng June, 2014; Penguin First novel Appeal: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng June, 2014; Penguin First novel Appeal: character, plot, writing Themes: immigrants, racial prejudice; parents and children

The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar August, 2014; Harper. Collins Previous: The Space Between The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar August, 2014; Harper. Collins Previous: The Space Between Us, The World We Found, First Darling of the Morning Appeal: characters, writing Themes: immigrants, marriage, mental illness

Issue-driven fiction (great for book clubs) Issue-driven fiction (great for book clubs)

An Untamed State by Roxane Gay May, 2014; Grove/Atlantic First novel Appeal: plot, character, An Untamed State by Roxane Gay May, 2014; Grove/Atlantic First novel Appeal: plot, character, pacing Themes: women’s lives, psychological thrillers

Be Safe I Love You by Cara Hoffman April, 2014; S&S Previous: So Much Be Safe I Love You by Cara Hoffman April, 2014; S&S Previous: So Much Pretty Appeal: character, setting Themes: returning women soldiers, family dynamics, mental illness

Driving the King by Ravi Howard Jan. , 2015; Harper. Collins First novel Appeal: Driving the King by Ravi Howard Jan. , 2015; Harper. Collins First novel Appeal: character; setting, plot Themes: race relations; South

Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyers Sept. , 2014; Atria Books Previous: The Accidents of Marriage by Randy Susan Meyers Sept. , 2014; Atria Books Previous: The Comfort of Lies; The Murderer’s Daughter Appeal: character, plot Themes: marriage, anger management, parents and children

Edgy, suspenseful, noirish novels literary mysteries war stories Edgy, suspenseful, noirish novels literary mysteries war stories

Keep Your Friends Close by Paula Daly Sept. , 2014; Grove Press Previous : Keep Your Friends Close by Paula Daly Sept. , 2014; Grove Press Previous : Just What Kind of Mother Are You? Appeal: plot Themes: marriage, friendship, mental illness

Black River by S. M. Hulse Jan. , 2015; Houghton Mifflin First novel Appeal: Black River by S. M. Hulse Jan. , 2015; Houghton Mifflin First novel Appeal: character, plot, Western setting Themes: guilt, redemption, good and evil

Barracuda by Chris Tsiolkas Sept. , 2014; Crown Previous: The Slap Appeal: character, Australian Barracuda by Chris Tsiolkas Sept. , 2014; Crown Previous: The Slap Appeal: character, Australian setting Themes: coming of age, Australian setting, athletic competition, class differences

The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister Jan. , 2015; Sourcebooks First novel Appeal: plot, The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister Jan. , 2015; Sourcebooks First novel Appeal: plot, setting, unreliable narrator Themes: magic, early 20 th century, women’s lives

Heavy Hitters in literary fiction ambitious in scope and style usually reviewed in the Heavy Hitters in literary fiction ambitious in scope and style usually reviewed in the literary press

Lucky Us by Amy Bloom July, 2014; Random House Previous: Away, Love Invents Us, Lucky Us by Amy Bloom July, 2014; Random House Previous: Away, Love Invents Us, others Appeal: historical setting, plot, character, writing Themes: family relationships, sisters, love, social issues

Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante Sept. , 2014; Europa Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante Sept. , 2014; Europa Previous book: My Brilliant Friend, Story of a New Name, others Appeal: character, Naples setting, writing Themes: friendship, social issues, crime, marriage

The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee Oct. , 2014; W. W. Norton Previous: The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee Oct. , 2014; W. W. Norton Previous: A Life Apart Appeal: Indian setting, character. plot Themes: family relationships, politics

The Dog by Joseph O’Neill Sept. , 2014; Doubleday Previous: Netherland Appeal: setting, writing, The Dog by Joseph O’Neill Sept. , 2014; Doubleday Previous: Netherland Appeal: setting, writing, character Themes: existential dilemmas, loneliness, morality

We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas August, 2014; S&s. S First novel Appeal: We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas August, 2014; S&s. S First novel Appeal: character, plot Themes: immigrants, marriage, Brooklyn, mental illness

HISTORICAL FICTION HISTORICAL FICTION

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant Dec. , 2014; Scribner Previous: The Red Tent, The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant Dec. , 2014; Scribner Previous: The Red Tent, others Appeal: character, plot, setting Themes: immigrant women, Jewish interest

Henna House by Nomi Eve Aug. , 2014; Scribner Previous: The Family Orchard Appeal: Henna House by Nomi Eve Aug. , 2014; Scribner Previous: The Family Orchard Appeal: Middle Eastern setting, Jewish interest, coming of age Themes: marriage, family sagas

Neverhome by Laird Hunt Sept, 2014; Little, Brown Previous: Kind One, Ray of the Neverhome by Laird Hunt Sept, 2014; Little, Brown Previous: Kind One, Ray of the Star, others Appeal: plot, character, setting Themes: Civil War, women disguised as men

A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith Sept. , 2014; Knopf/Doubleday Previous: Ana A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith Sept. , 2014; Knopf/Doubleday Previous: Ana Grey thriller series Appeal: character, plot, setting Themes: World War I, mothers and sons, class differences

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters Sept. , 2014; Penguin Previous book: The Little The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters Sept. , 2014; Penguin Previous book: The Little Stranger, others Appeal: plot, setting, pacing Themes: marriage, sexual relationships, 1920 s London

The Care and Management of Lies by Jacqueline Winspear July, 2014; Harper. Collins Previous The Care and Management of Lies by Jacqueline Winspear July, 2014; Harper. Collins Previous book: Maisie Dobbs mysteries Appeal: character, setting Themes: World War I, love and marriage, soldiers

Historical Fiction Real Characters/Literary characters Historical Fiction Real Characters/Literary characters

Gutenberg’s Apprentice by Alix Christie September, 2014; Harper. Collins First novel Appeal: detailed historical Gutenberg’s Apprentice by Alix Christie September, 2014; Harper. Collins First novel Appeal: detailed historical setting, plot Themes: history of printing, life in the 1400 s

The Bridal Chair by Gloria Goldreich March, 2015; Sourcebooks Previous: Leah’s Journey, Leah’s Children, The Bridal Chair by Gloria Goldreich March, 2015; Sourcebooks Previous: Leah’s Journey, Leah’s Children, others Appeal: story, character, setting Themes: fathers and daughters, Holocaust, artists

The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin July, 2014; St. Martin’s Press Previous: The American The Fortune Hunter by Daisy Goodwin July, 2014; St. Martin’s Press Previous: The American Heiress Appeal: story, character, 1920 s setting Themes: class differences, love and marriage

Euphoria by Lily King June, 2014; Atlantic Monthly Press Previous: The Pleasing Hour Appeal: Euphoria by Lily King June, 2014; Atlantic Monthly Press Previous: The Pleasing Hour Appeal: setting, plot Themes: anthropology, cultural clashes, relationships

Juliet’s Nurse by Lois Leveen Sept. , 2014; Atria/Emily Bestler Previous: The Secrets of Juliet’s Nurse by Lois Leveen Sept. , 2014; Atria/Emily Bestler Previous: The Secrets of Mary Bowser Appeal: setting, plot, Shakespearean interest

Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood May, 2014; Viking/Penguin First novel (published in US) Appeal: Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood May, 2014; Viking/Penguin First novel (published in US) Appeal: character, structure Themes: love and marriage, literary celebrities

Some hints for keeping up… • First line of defense: PW, LJ Prepub Alert, Some hints for keeping up… • First line of defense: PW, LJ Prepub Alert, Early Word, The Book Reporter – www. earlyword. com • Reading Group Choices – www. readinggroupchoices. com – http: //www. nationalreadinggroupmonth. org/

Some hints for keeping up… • End of year “best” lists: New York Times, Some hints for keeping up… • End of year “best” lists: New York Times, Amazon, Washington Post, Kirkus, LJ, PW… • Book Expo and AAP “Sneak Peek” – Review copies from publishers – Speed dating with publishers (BEA) • Edelweiss http: //edelweiss. abovethetreeline. com/

Some hints for keeping up… • Small/independent publishers to watch: Europa, Greywolf, Coffee House, Some hints for keeping up… • Small/independent publishers to watch: Europa, Greywolf, Coffee House, Milkweed, Sourcebooks, Other, Akashic, Norton, Grove/Atlantic • Imprints from the big publishers: Algonquin, Twelve (Hachette), Riverhead, Hogarth, Ecco