In addition to the crisp fall air, apples, football and bon fires there are some very exciting titles coming your way! This month there is one author who I am sure that everyone is aware of, but there are three who you may not be familiar with that we are just wild for and we would love for you to know about them.
By Nightfall by Pulitzer Prize winning author (The Hours) Michael Cunningham is something we are all looking forward to. Peter and Rebecca Harris are in their mid forties, financially secure, and living a life worthy of envy. But when Rebecca’s drug addict brother Ethan, (also known as Mizzie because he was a “mistake”) comes for a visit, Peter begins to question everything that he has constructed and held close. We love the way Cunningham writes and we cannot wait to read what his take is on these modern day Manhattanites.
False Friend is by Myla Goldberg. You may have read one of her previous novels, Bee Season which is a huge Staff Favorite. Her latest offering seems to have that same sort of vibe to it. Celia is a 32 year old woman who has returned to her hometown to right a wrong that she committed as an 11 year old regarding the disappearance of her childhood friend. But there is a problem. No one believes her. And the friends that she was with that fateful day won’t back her story up. Goldberg is a master at examining the foibles of us all. And how could you resist such an autumnal cover this time of year?
Pursuit of Happiness is the second American offering by Douglas Kennedy. He has been a sensation in Europe for years now and we are just discovering him on this side of the pond. This one promises to be as wonderful as his first which came out this summer; Leaving the World. Sarah Smythe has decided upon the life of a Bohemian and run off to Greenwich Village in the years following WW II. When she meets Jack Malone at a party her world changes forever. Very few male writers can successfully write in a female voice. Happily Kennedy is not one of them.
And finally here is the book that you just know will be an instant blockbuster! The Confession by John Grisham will be out at the end of the month. Travis Boyett raped and killed a cheerleader in 1998. The local police somehow deduced that the local football hero was the murderer and marched him off to death row. Now all these years later, Travis has an inoperable brain tumor. Will he do the right thing and confess that they are about to execute the wrong man? As always we are looking forward to Grisham’s fast pacing and wonderful story telling.