Monday, November 26, 2012

Women’s Fiction later 2012

I read most of several women’s fiction over the last few months and they were all good. I usually skim some of the inner monologue, especially in the beginning of these type novels, if it becomes tedious.

Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews was the best--an engaging portrayal of a divorced couple still working in the same company. I enjoyed the fresh mystery plot involving the business and the novelty of a flawed male hero.

Where We Belong by Emily Giffin, an insightful look at the long term path of adoption. The point of views of both the mother and the now 18-year-old child she gave up for adoption rang true to me.

Jennifer Weiner’s The Next Best Thing was a fresh plot and I have to admire the author’s courage in her choice of a paraplegic as the hero. She didn’t shy away from the reality of the situation in the couple’s private life, either.

I stayed engaged in The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani, a historical fiction, despite its length. The details of the Italian countryside, pre-WWI New York—both the grimness of a laborer’s life and the texture of the opera culture, as well as the northern frontier created a nice read.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

New Fiction, Fall 2012

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling, Sept 2012 (512p) Little, Brown
An empty space on the village council sets in motion conflict between social classes in a small English village. Some applaud Rowling’s ability to make her characters human, the review consensus seems to be that the citizens would’ve welcomed some magic as they confront dark elements.

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom, Sept 2012 (240p) Hyperion
An adult fairy-tale explores the limits of time on humans through the experiences of an ancient man imprisoned for 6000 years, a terminally ill man, and a distressed teen.

In Sunlight and Shadow by Mark Helprin, Oct 2012 (720p), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt-literary
Set in post-WWII New York, a former paratrooper and singer fall in love, drawing larger forces into their romance.

The Greatcoat by Helen Dunmore, Oct 2012 (208p) Atlantic Monthly
When a new bride pulls a RAF greatcoat out of a cupboard to stay warm in post WWII England, she finds herself with new memories and the arrival of the former owner.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel by Robin Sloan, Oct 2012 (304p) Farrar, Straus and Giroux
A mystery set in a bookstore--can't think of how it gets much better. The concept of using cyberspace to crack codes hidden in books with majick thrown in is certainly intriguing.

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver, Nov 2012 (448p) Harper: HarperCollins-literary
A reluctant, but dutiful, wife in rural Appalachia encounters mysterious forces that address current social issues. She joins forces with a research team and her expanding horizons offer her new choices.

Hope you find some of these appealing! Please comment if you've come across any good fiction!
Melinda