Spot-Lit (July, 2012)

Spot-Lit features new fiction that has just been released or will be arriving later in the month. The focus is not so much on the biggest sellers in the fiction universe, but rather on new books that sounds especially promising, including those by emerging and first-time novelists. Click the links below to read more about these noteworthy new books or to place them on hold. For an extensive, sortable list of new materials that are on order, see the left sidebar of the library catalog, or click here. Happy reading.

General Fiction / Literary Fiction

The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln by Stephen L. Carter

In an alternate history novel, Lincoln escapes assassination by John Wilkes Booth only to face impeachment, and Abigail Canner, a young black woman involved in his defense, helps investigate the murder of the president’s counsel. From the best-selling author of The Emperor of Ocean Park.

How Should a Person Be? by Sheila Heti

Reeling from a failed marriage, Sheila, a twentysomething playwright, finds herself unsure of how to live and create in a raw, startling, genre-defying novel of friendship, sex, and love in the new millennium.

Gold by Chris Cleave

Cyclists Zoe and Kate are friends and athletic rivals for Olympic gold, while Kate and her husband Jack, also a world-class cyclist, must contend with the recurrence of their young daughter’s leukemia. By the author of Little Bee.

First Novels

Advent by James Treadwell

A drowning, a magician’s curse, and a centuries-old secret. Advent describes how magic was lost to humanity, and how a fifteen-year-old boy discovers that its return is his inheritance. It begins in a world recognizably our own, and ends an extraordinarily long way from where it started—somewhere much bigger, stranger, and richer.

Sly Fox by Jeanine Pirro

While investigating a series of brutal crimes against women and children in 1978 New York, Assistant District Attorney Dani Fox takes on the challenging case of a businessman who has been secretly molesting his young daughter for years.

The Empty Glass by J.I. Baker

Deputy coroner Ben Fitzgerald investigates the death of Marilyn Monroe in 1962, and discovers her secret diary which threatens to envelop him in paranoid conspiracies as he digs into the facts and legends of the star’s famous life.

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

A novel set on a remote Australian island, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore.

Crime Fiction /Suspense

Broken Harbor by Tana French

At an abandoned luxury development in Dublin, detective Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy investigates the death of a man and his two children, as the man’s wife lies in intensive care. A powerful blend of police procedural and psychological thriller.

The Nightmare by Lars Kepler

In this sequel to The Hypnotist, Detective Joona Linna returns to investigate a series of interlinking murders surrounding a suspicious Swedish arms deal.

Science Fiction / Fantasy

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

In the sequel to Harkness’s smash debut, A Discovery of Witches, Diana and Matthew are plunged into a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. A gripping tale of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

The Stranger’s Magic by Max Frei

In a book that that blends fantasy, horror, philosophy, and comedy, Sir Max once again travels to the enchanted parallel world of Echo, where magic is commonplace and where he fits right in. The third book in the Labyrinth of Echoes series (following The Stranger and The Stranger’s Woes).

The Drowned World by J.G. Ballard

Imagines a terrifying world in which global warming has melted the ice caps and primordial jungles have overrun a tropical London in the year 2145. This 50th anniversary reprint is appearing in America for the first time.

Some Kind of Fairy Tale by Graham Joyce

After missing for twenty years, Tara Martin appears on her parents doorstep barely a day older than when she vanished.


The Great Escape by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Lucy Jorik scandalizes her famous mother when she stands up Mr. Irresistible and flees her wedding on the back of a rough and rude stranger’s beat-up motorcycle.

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