Summer Escapes 2013 Fiction

Austen, Jane. Persuasion. Modern Library, 1995. Persuasion is Austen's last completed novel. It is the first of her novels to feature as the central character a woman who, by the standards of the time, is past the first bloom of youth. It is widely appreciated as a moving love story despite what has been called its simple plot, and it exemplifies Austen's signature wit and ironic narrative style. 


Baldacci, David. The Hit. Grand Central Publishing, 2013. Skilled assassin Will Robie is asked by the U.S. government to track down fellow assassin Jessica Reel, who has gone rogue, but during his pursuit of Reel, Robie realizes that her betrayal may be concealing a larger threat that could impact the whole world.


Brown, Dan. Inferno.  Doubleday, 2013. In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces--Dante's "Inferno"--as he battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle.


Delinsky, Barbara. Sweet Salt Air.  St Martin'S Press, 2013. In Quinnipeague, hearts open under the summer stars and secrets float in the "Sweet Salt Air." Charlotte and Nicole were once the best of friends, spending summers together in Nicoles coastal island house off of Maine. But many years, and many secrets, have kept the women apart. They are each holding something back that may change their lives forever.  


Deveraux, Jude. True Love. Ballantine, 2013.  Jude Deveraux, the New York Times bestselling author of unforgettable romance, returns with a breathtaking first book in a fantastic new series—the Nantucket Brides trilogy. Set on the magical Massachusetts island, True Love introduces characters from a new generation of Montgomery-Taggerts, the beloved family from Deveraux’s classic novels.


Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit. Knopf: Distributed by Random House, [1992]. Little Dorrit is the book in which Charles Dickens most fully unleashed his indignation at the fallen state of mid-Victorian society. It is a stunning example of how thoroughly Dickens could put his flair for the theatrical and his comic genius in service of his passion for justice. 


Fitzgerald, F. Scott.  The Great Gatsby. Scribner, 2004, c1953. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.  


Follett, Ken. “The Century Trilogy.” The Century trilogy follows the fates of five interrelated families – American, German, Russian, English and Welsh – as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women’s suffrage. Fall of Giants is the first in the series & the second is Winter of the World which picks up right where the first book left off, as its five families enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs and the beginning of the long Cold War. The third novel, Edge of Eternity, will be published in the second half of 2014.

Fall of Giants, Dutton, 2010. 

Winter of the World, Dutton, 2012.


Gaiman, Neil. The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Morrow, 2013. A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is Neil Gaiman's first new novel for adults since his #1 New York Times bestseller Anansi Boys. This bewitching and harrowing tale of mystery and survival, and memory and magic, makes the impossible all too real... 


Godwin, Gail. Flora. Bloomsbury, 2013. Celebrated for her literary finesse, Godwin presents a classic southern tale galvanic with decorous yet stabbing sarcasm and jolting tragedy. Helen, a writer, looks back to the fateful summer of 1945, when she was a precocious, motherless 10-year-old trying to make sense of a complicated and unjust world.  


Hiaasen, Carl. Bad Monkey. Alfred a Knopf, 2013. Andrew Yancy--late of the Miami Police and soon-to-be-late of the Monroe County sheriffs office--has a human arm in his freezer. Theres a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its shadowy owner.  


Harris, Charlaine. Dead Ever After. Ace Books, 2013. When Sookie learns the reason why Eric's vampires are keeping their distance from her, she is devastated. Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime in this final Sookie Stackhouse novel.


King, Stephen. Joyland. Titan Books, 2013. Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.


Mathis, Ayana. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie.  Alfred A. Knopf, 2012. Winner of a Michener-Copernicus Fellowship, Mathis opens her career with a book about the Great Migration. Hattie Shepherd is only 17 when she leaves Georgia for Philadelphia, where she raises nine children. Theirs is a life of extraordinary hardship, reportedly told with unflinching beauty. 


Mosley, Walter. Little Green: an Easy Rawlins mystery. Doubleday, 2013. Surviving a near-fatal car wreck and cruising the streets of the Sunset Strip during the heyday of the late 1960s, Easy Rawlins investigates the disappearance of a young African-American, a case that is complicated by Rawlins's changing perspectives.   


Penny, Louise. How the Light Gets In. St Martin's, 2013. Christmas is approaching, but shadows are falling on the usually festive season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. Most of his best agents have left the Homicide Department, his old friend and lieutenant Jean-Guy Beauvoir hasn’t spoken to him in months, and hostile forces are lining up against him. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. 


Sandford, John. Silken Prey. G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2013. A Minnesota political fixer disappears. Lucas Davenport is investigating another case when the trail leads to the man's disappearance, then--very troublingly--to the Minneapolis police department itself, and then--most troublingly of all--to a woman who could give Machiavelli lessons. She has very definite ideas about the way the world should work, the money, ruthlessness, and sheer will to make it happen. No matter who gets in the way.   

Silva, Daniel. English Girl.  HarperCollins, 2013. Daniel Silva delivers another spectacular thriller starring Gabriel Allon. When a beautiful young British woman vanishes on the island of Corsica, a prime minister's career is threatened with destruction. Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, is thrust into a game of shadows where nothing is what it seems...and where the only thing more dangerous than his enemies might be the truth.


Wiggs, Susan. The Apple Orchard. Harlequin Mira, c2013. Set to inherit half of Bella Vista, a one hundred-acre apple orchard in a town called Archangel, along with a half-sister she's never heard of, Tess Delaney, who makes a living restoring stolen treasures to their rightful owners, discovers a world filled with the simple pleasures of food and family.