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!