We're already talking about 2016! Are you ready for a sneak peek at some of the books coming out in January? If just the authors whose names begin with B are any indication, 2016 is going to be a fantastic year for books. We're in for reading treats!
Melanie Benjamin, New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator's Wife, has The Swans of Fifth Avenue. It's a novel about New York's "Swans" of the 1950s, Slim Keith, C.Z. Keith, Gloria Guinness, Pamela Churchill. And, they circle around socialite Babe Paley whose friendship with Truman Capote makes for a scandalous, headline-making, and enthralling story. (Release date is Jan. 26.)
I've heard wonderful comments about Katarina Bivald's The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend. Broken Wheel, Iowa doesn't know what to do when Sara arrives, coming from Sweden just to meet her book-loving pen pal, Amy. But, she arrives just when Amy's funeral guests are leaving. Now, the residents look after their bewildered visitor. But, they don't expect her to open a quirky bookstore in the little town. (Release date is Jan. 19.)
I'm sure people are waiting to read Chris Bohjalian's The Guest Room. It's a chilling story about a bachelor party gone horribly wrong, two men dead in a suburban living room, two women on the run from the police, all leading to a marriage ripping apart at the seams, and a man whose happy life turns into a nightmare. (Release date is Jan. 5.)
Taylor Brown's debut novel is Fallen Land. It's set in the final years of the Civil War, telling the story of two star-crossed lovers fleeing a ruthless band of bounty hunters from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to Sherman's March through Georgia. (Release date is Jan. 12.)
Alafair Burke's new standalone novel of suspense is The Ex. Twenty years earlier Olivia Randall ruined Jack Harris' life. Now, when he's been arrested for a triple homicide, she's convinced he's innocent. As one of New York City's best criminal defense lawyers, she agrees to represent him. But, she begins to suspect that she is the one being manipulated. (Release date is Jan. 26.)
Joe Gannon was a freelance journalist in Nicaragua during the Sandinista Revolution, so he brings that expertise to his latest thriller, The Last Dawn. When Gladys Dario, a police lieutenant for the revolutionary Sandinista government in 1986 Nicaragua is kidnapped by a Contra commander, she knows the only hope for escape is with her partner on the police force, former Sandinista guerrilla commandant Ajax Montoya. He rescues her, but he's imprisoned for years, and she's exiled. And, then a young American journalist goes missing in El Salvador, and a powerful senator wants Ajax Montoya and his partner to run that rescue operation. (Release date is Jan. 26.)
I loved Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale, so I'm looking forward to Mary Chamberlain's The Dressmaker's War, another historical novel about choices made during World War II. In London, 1939, Ada Vaughan has an unusual dressmaking skill, and dreams of a better life. She's swept off her feet by an Austrian aristocrat who brings her to Paris. But, when war breaks out, he disappears, and she's taken prisoner by the Germans. In order to survive, she becomes dressmaker to the Nazi wives. The choices she makes will come back to haunt her years later. (Release date is Jan. 12.)
River of Ink by Paul M.M. Cooper is also a debut novel, a sweeping historical epic of poetry and revolution, about the power of language. In thirteenth century Sri Lanka, Asanka is poet to the king, living a life of luxury. But when a usurper take the throne, Asanka's role dramatically changes. The cruel, calculating king still loves poetry, and commissions Asanka to translate a holy Sanskrit epic into the language spoken by recently acquired subjects. But, meaning can be altered in different languages, and Asanka's version of the epic, about the killing of an unjust ruler, inspires and arouses the oppressed people. (Release date is Jan. 26.)
An editor with a New York publishing company is totally out of her element in Shelley Costa's Practical Sins for Cold Climates. Val Cameron is sent to the Canadian Northwoods to sign a reclusive bestselling author to a contract. First she has to find him. And, then she has to clear him of murder charges. (Release date is Jan. 26.)
With A Prisoner in Malta, Edgar Award winner Phillip DePoy launches a new series featuring Christopher Marlowe, playwright, student, spy. In 1583, the nineteen-year-old Marlowe, with a reputation as a brawler, a womanizer, a genius and a social upstart at Cambridge, is charged by the Queen's spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham, to track down the truth about a growing plot against Queen Elizabeth. The path to that truth seems to run through a prisoner held in complete seclusion in a heavily guarded dungeon in Malta. Marlowe must unravel one of the greatest mysteries in history and help uncover a scheme of assassination and invasion. (Release date is Jan. 26.)
American Housewife is a collection of stories by Helen Ellis. The back cover blurb says, "A sharp, funny, delightfully unhinged collection of stories set in the dark world of domesticity". It's an "uproarious, pointed commentary on womanhood". (Release date is Jan. 12.)
Scott Frank's debut novel is Shaker. Meet Roy Cooper, an "errand runner" for various New York criminals, sent to L.A. to shoot a man a week after an earthquake hit, leaving the city in chaos. He does his job, but, in wandering the streets afterward, looking for his car, he comes across a jogger being beaten by four young gangbangers. Although he tries to avoid it, he's caught up in the middle of the situation, and he's mistaken for a hero when a video goes viral. Now what? (Release date is Jan. 26.)
It's not easy to summarize Jason Gurley's novel, Eleanor. Identical twins Eleanor and Esmerelda are inseparable until a terrible accident claims Esme's life. Eleanor's family is left in tatters. Years later, Eleanor's reality begins to unravel, as time and again, she falls out of her reality into other ones. One day, she's torn from her reality altogether, and meets a mysterious stranger who reveals the weight of her family's loss. Esmerelda's death was not the only tragedy in her family's history, and, unless Eleanor can master her extraordinary new abilities, it may not be the last. (Release date is Jan. 12.)
There's already a lot of buzz about Gregg Hurwitz' Orphan X. Evan Smoak, once known as Orphan X, was trained as part of the U.S. government's secret program of covert operation of assassins, the Orphan Program. Smoak broke with the program, and used everything he knew to disappear. Now, as the secretive Nowhere Man, he helps the desperate and deserving. But, someone has discovered his secret, someone who will exploit his secrets to eliminate him. (Release date is Jan. 19.)
It's a fantastic first day of January book releases, isn't it? And, there will be more coming tomorrow. Is there something here that excites you? What are you anticipating?