Intense new fiction you won’t mind

My new fiction picks for October are powerful and consuming. You will become emotionally invested in these characters. Crazy honey centers on a teenage murder trial and is a powerful exploration of the secrets people keep and the risks they take to be themselves. For fans of Elin Hildebrand Endless Summer is a collection of short stories that expand on the lives of its familiar characters. Night ship An epic historical novel about a girl shipwrecked on an island off the coast of Western Australia and a boy who finds a home on the same island 300 years later. In Demon Copperhead An Appalachian boy braves foster care, child labor, bad schools, athletic success, opioid addiction, disastrous loves, and devastating losses. Alarm Fires explores family secrets and how one teenager’s lie affects many lives. Read on to explore my top five new books.

1. Crazy honey By Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Finney Boylan

An inspiring novel about what we choose to keep from our past and what we choose to leave behind. New York Times is a bestselling author I wish you were here and bestselling author He is not there.

Olivia’s perfect life with her brilliant surgeon husband and son Asher is turned upside down when she discovers her husband’s dark side. Olivia and Asher began by returning to their hometown in New Hampshire, where her father had taken over a beekeeping business.

Lily and her mother recently moved to the same small town for a fresh start. Asher falls in love with Lily and these new beginnings go well. The police then call Olivia to tell her that Lily is dead, and they question Asher. He is sure that he is innocent. However, he saw his father’s character shining through in Asher. As the case unfolds, Olivia realizes just how much she’s been hiding.

“An active exploration of the power that love and acceptance require.” – The Washington Post


2. Endless Summer By Elin Hilderbrand

Set in the universe of the best-selling author’s previous romance novels, the nine stories include Mallory Blessing’s visit with friends three years after her death and Margot Carmichael’s encouragement of her husband to reunite with his ex.

“I wonder what the author of 28 novels published twice a year does in his free time? It turns out that she writes what might be called Elin Hilderbrand fiction, creating short stories that feature already developed characters and plots…[Endless Summer is] A generous gift for fans.”―Kirkus reviews

“Summer is never dull at Hilderbrand’s Nantucket. This time, it focuses on ex-lovers who now lead separate lives but share island idylls once a year. Charming and bittersweet.”nation


3. Night ship By Jess Kidd

An epic historical novel by an award-winning author based on a real-life incident Things in jars It illuminates the lives of two characters: a girl shipwrecked on an island off the coast of Western Australia, and a boy who finds a home with his grandfather on the same island 300 years later.

1629: A newly orphaned young girl named Maiken sets sail for the Dutch East Indies on one of the largest ships of the Dutch Golden Age. Curious and mischievous, Miken spends his long voyage going above and below decks, searching for the mythical monster. But the real monsters may be closer than he thinks.

1989: A lonely boy named Gil is sent to live among the seasonal fishing community where his late mother once lived on the coast of Western Australia. On an island covered with small rocks, he discovers the story of an infamous shipwreck.

“Kidd’s latest creates a spell around the reader, transporting the reader through the ages, between a doomed ship and a dying island. The result is a truly magical work that will haunt me for years to come.” —And Schwabinternational bestselling author The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue


4. Demon Copperhead By Barbara Kingsolver

Born to a teenage mother in the mountains of Southern Appalachia, a boy braves foster care, child labor, bad schools, athletic success, addiction, disastrous loves, and devastating loss. He is satisfied with his good looks, intelligence and fierce talent to survive.

“Swallowed…. Readers see the yearning for love and wells of compassion hidden beneath Demon’s self-protective exterior… What is emotionally compelling is Demon’s fierce attachment to his native land, a place where he is recognized and supported as the opiate epidemic engulfs him…. Often stereotyped or overlooked. An angry, powerful book full of love and anger for a community left.” — Kirkus review (star review)

“Kingsolver’s capricious, witty, edgy and funny survivor’s tale is a modern virtuoso version of Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield…. Kingsolver’s tour is a serpentine, challenging story of deep dimension and resonance. — Book list (star review)


5. Alarm Fires By Dani Shapiro

In the summer of 1985, three teenagers were involved in a fatal car accident that changed everything in their neighborhood. Ben Wilf was a young doctor and the first on the scene. The circumstances of this accident are a deep and terrifying mystery.

The Shenkmans moved into the neighborhood long after the accident and know nothing about it. Waldo Shankman is a lonely boy who befriends retired Dr. Wilf. In the summer of 1985, secrets begin to emerge unexpectedly and test family relationships.

Alarm Fires is a thrilling, moving and thought-provoking exploration of family secrets.” – Meg Wolitzer, author Female Persuasion

“A beautiful exploration of the relationship between two families and the echoes of a teenage lie. . . In brilliant prose, Shapiro imagines how each character’s life would have turned out if things had turned out differently.Publishers Weekly


Jennifer Jones

I am a library fiction selector and have been recommending new books to library and book drive patrons for over 17 years. I follow all the new book reviews and my favorite question is “What are you reading?” I love talking about books and reading books. I like to tell library patrons, “Try something new. If you don’t like it, at least the price is right!”

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