New closet! New books. It's time to talk about the March book releases I have in my closet.
I mentioned Cat Adams' The Eldritch Conspiracy the week it arrived. It's the fifth book in her popular Siren Song series. It's a fairy tale match, but many
suspect Princess Adriana of bewitching the king. After the second
attempt on her life, she turns to her cousin, Celia, for help. Celia
provides personal security, and she's perfect to protect Adriana, if
she's not distracted by her own problems.
Pulitzer Prize finalist Jonathan Dee focuses on a family and a marriage in crisis in A Thousand Pardons. When Helen Armstead's marriage unravels, she's thrust back into the working world and a job in public relations. It's that job that forces her to face the limits of accountability and her own capacity for forgiveness.
Interested in an atmospheric novel about a young woman who leaves India for America on a search that will transform her life? Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni brings us Oleander Girl. The death of Korobi Roy's grandfather revealed serious financial problems and a devastating secret about her past. Shattered by this discovery and by her grandparents' betrayal, she sets off to find her true identity.
The cover blurb says Matthew Goodman's Eighty Days is narrative nonfiction in the tradition of Erik Larson and Laura Hillenbrand. It's the little-known story of Nelly Bly and Elizabeth Bisland, two American journalists who, in 1889, set off to outdo Jules Verne's fictional hero Phileas Fogg and circle the globe in less than eighty days.
The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards is Kristopher Jansma's debut, the story of a young man inspired and haunted by the success of his greatest friend and rival in writing. In a story that travels from the jazz clubs of Manhattan to the villages of Sri Lanka, the book is an exploration of the nature of truth and storytelling.
David Kirk's debut is historical fiction, Child of Vengeance. It's an historical epic of feudal Japan, based on the real-life exploits of the legendary samurai Musashi Miyamoto. A high-born young man discovers the truth about his family's history, and sets off on the samurai's path, one of blood, bravery, and vengeance.
In Allie Larkin's Why Can't I Be You, Jenny Shaw impulsively
answers to someone else's name, and steps into Jessie Morgan's life.
But, when she digs into Jessie's past, she discovers a secret that
forces her to make another leap into the unknown.
Edward Kelsey Moore pays tribute to the women in his family and his life in his debut novel, The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat. Earl's Diner was the first black-owned business in Plainview, Indiana. It's where Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean hung out during their high school days in the racially charged 1960s, and then every Sunday after church for the next forty years. It's where they shared life's problems, and celebrated with gossip, tears and hilarious laughter, all at the same time.
Another Publishers' Weekly pick, Andrew Pyper's novel, The Demonologist is already in development with Universal Studios. It's the story of an academic, an expert in the literature of the demonic, notably Milton's Paradise Lost. But, he's a scholar, not a believer, until his beloved daughter is taken, and he goes on a terrifying quest guided by symbols and riddles from Paradise Lost as he tries to rescue his daughter from a demon.
In her memoir, With or Without You, Domenica Ruta examines her relationship with her mother. Ruta grew up in a working-class unforgiving Italian town north of Boston where her mother, Kathi was a notorious figure, a drug addict and sometimes dealer whose life swung between welfare and riches. This is the story of Ruta's unconventional upbringing, and the necessity to break away from that life, overcoming her own addictions.
A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz introduces Elle Chance, a high-flying dirigible pilot with a taste of adventure. She's the heroine of a new series, The Chronicles of Light and Shadow, that blends elements of urban fantasy, steampunk and paranormal romance. In 1903, the world is divided between light and shadow. Each advance of science comes at the expense of shadow. Now two ancient powers are preparing to strike back, and all they require is the sacrifice of a certain young woman. But, when they come after Elle, they get more than they bargained for.
Alexander Soderberg introduces the first in a thriller trilogy, The Andalucian Friend. Sophie Brinkmann is a nurse and single mother in a sleepy Stockholm suburb. But her relationship with Hector Guzman puts her at the center of a global turf war involving Spanish drug traffickers, German gangsters, Russian hit men, and Swedish cops. It isn't going to be easy to get out alive.
Elizabeth Strout, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge, brings us The Burgess Boys. Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown as soon as they could. But, when their sister calls them home to help her teenage son, all of the long-buried tensions of the past resurface to change their lives forever.
The Ordinary Acrobat is Duncan Wall's account of his journey into the world of the circus, past and present. It's the story of what happens when one average American joining a host of gifted international students in a rigorous regiment of tumbling, trapeze, juggling, and clowning.
That's a wonderful collection from my closet. March looks like a wonderful month for reading. Which books appeal to you?