This means that I just might have more time to read some of these February treasures. And, there are enough of them to keep me busy all month, but it will be my choice. Want to check out the February book releases?
Kate Alcott takes a young woman from Fort Wayne, Indiana into the back lot of one of the greatest films of all time, Gone with the Wind, in her latest novel, A Touch of Stardust. When Carole Lombard hires Julie Crawford to fend off reporters, Julie becomes a witness to two great love stories; the "undeniable on-screen chemistry between Scarlett and Rhett, and offscreen, the deepening love" between Carole and Clark Gable. It's a vivid, romantic novel filled with Old Hollywood details. (Release date is Feb. 17.)
I'm always interested to see what twists and turns Lou Berney brings to his novels. The Long and Faraway Gone looks back at events of the summer of 1986 when two tragedies rocked Oklahoma City. Six movie theater employees were killed in an armed robbery, while one survived. And, a teenage girl disappeared from the state fair. Neither crime was ever solved, but twenty-five years later, those events still haunt the survivors. Wyatt, a private investigator in Las Vegas, is taken back to the mystery at that movie house robbery, the one that left six of his friends dead. And, the sister of the girl who vanished will stop at nothing to find answers to her sister's disappearance. Now, fate brings these two damaged souls together. (Release date is Feb. 10.)
From Norway, we move to Denmark's "Queen of Crime", Sara Blaedel. The Forgotten Girls are only remembered when Louise Rick, the new commander of the Missing Persons Department, releases a picture of an unidentified dead woman. An older woman identifies her as a former ward of the state mental institution, a "forgotten girl" abandoned by her family. However, Louise discovers the woman was issued a death certificate thirty years earlier, along with her twin sister. Louise's search takes her closer to her own childhood home, and closer to her own past. (Release date is Feb. 3.)
Amateur sleuth Kate Shackleton returns in Frances Brody's A Woman Unknown, a combination of intricate plotting and nostalgic post-WWI English country setting. Kate is hired by a man who wants to know where his wife, "The Woman Unknown", goes when she's supposedly taking care of her sick mother. The death of a banker in a hotel room throws Kate into the depths of a more sinister investigation, a complex, and personal, one. (Release date is Feb. 10.)
The Marauders by Tom Cooper is another novel filled with a cast of misfits.
When the BP oil spill devastates the waters of the Louisiana Gulf Coast,t he citizens of the little bayou town of Jeanette scrabble to replace their lost livelihoods. One of them is Gus Lindquist, a one-armed, pill-popping shrimper with only a childhood dream, discovering the lost treasure of pirate Jean Lafitte. On his journey, Lindquist meets a motley crew of characters, including a slick-talking BP middleman out to make his carer by swindling the townspeople of Jeanette, including his own mother. (Release date is Feb. 3.)
The back cover of Marc Goodman's Future Crimes calls it "provocative, thrilling, and ultimately empowering. I find it scary. Goodman is a leading authority on global security. In this book, he eposes the alarming ways criminals, corporations, and even countries are using new and emerging technologies against us. (Release date is Feb. 24.)
Kristin Hannah takes readers back to France, 1939, in The Nightingale. "In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are. And sometimes, perhaps, we don't want to know what we would do to survive." Hannah's latest novel is about women in Occupied France, and the dangerous choices they made to save their children and their way of life. (Release date is Feb. 3.)
Stark House Press has been reprinting older crime novels for the last few years. Now, they bring back two complete novels in one book by Elisabeth Sanxay Holding, Speak of the Devil/The Obstinate Murderer. The first of her suspense stories is about a murder aboard a cruise ship. The second is about an aging alcoholic called in to solve a murder that hasn't happened yet. (Release date is Feb.)
The second story collection for February is Kelly Link's Get in Trouble. The author Michael Chabon has called "The most darkly playful voice in American fiction" takes readers into her fictional universe in nine stories. (Release date is Feb. 3.)
The Sculptor is a graphic novel by Scott McCloud. It's an unusual urban fable about a man, David Smith, who is giving his life for his art. He made a deal with Death to get his childhood wish, to sculpt anything he can imagine with his bare hands. But, now, he has only 200 days to live, and can't decide what to create. And, discovering the life of his life at the last minute doesn't make it any easier. (Release date is Feb. 3.)
Sofi Oksanen's When the Doves Disappeared was a #1 best seller in Finland and Sweden. Now, this story of occupation, resistance, and collaboration in Estonia during and after World War II is being published in twenty-nine countries. In 1941 in war-ravaged Estonia, two men deserted the Red Army. Roland, a freedom fighter, goes into hiding when the Germans arrive. His slippery cousin, Edgar, abandons his wife, Jundit, and takes on a new identity as a loyal supporter of the Nazi regime. By, 1963, when Estonia is once again under Communist control, Edgar is desperate to hide his past life and remain close to the Communists in power. But, his fate remains tangled with his cousin and wife. (Release date is Feb. 10.)
A Brief Stop on the Road from Auschwitz is journalist Goran Rosenberg's moving memoir about his father. On Aug. 2, 1947, a young man gets off a train in a small industrial town in Sweden to begin his life again. He survived the ghetto of Lodz, the death camp at Auschwitz, the slave camps and transports of the final months of Nazi Germany. Now, his final challenge is "to survive the survival". Rosenberg returns to his own childhood to tell the story of his father, and the chasm between father and son. (Release date is Feb. 24.)
Anne Tyler's fans will be eagerly awaiting her new novel, A Spool of Blue Thread. Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she fell in love with Red in July 1959 with the same introduction. Tyler takes us into the Whitshank family, today and back through generations to reveal the very nature of a family's life. (Release date is Feb. 10.)
It's quite a collection for February, isn't it? I'm looking forward to a month of discovery. Are there a couple books here that appeal to you?