New releases: November 2017 – fiction

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November 1st is a Wednesday so this month’s first post will be a New Releases post, as you’ve all come to expect from my blog. As per usual, the first New Releases post of the month always features the top 5 new fiction books, judged by Goodreads. Other new releases of November 2017 can be found by genre right here on Goodreads. Here is the list!

  1. Little Broken Things by Nicole Baart
    Publication date: November 21st, 2017
    “I have something for you.” When Quinn Cruz receives that cryptic text message from her older sister Nora, she doesn’t think much of it. They haven’t seen each other in nearly a year and thanks to Nora’s fierce aloofness, their relationship consists mostly of infrequent phone calls and an occasional email or text. But when a haunted Nora shows up at the lake near Quinn’s house just hours later, a chain reaction is set into motion that will change both of their lives forever. Nora’s ‘something’ is more shocking than Quinn could have ever imagined: a little girl, cowering, wide-eyed, and tight-lipped. Nora hands her over to Quinn with instructions to keep her safe, and not to utter a word about the child to anyone, especially not their buttoned-up mother who seems determined to pretend everything is perfect. But before Quinn can ask even one of the million questions swirling around her head, Nora disappears, and Quinn finds herself the unlikely caretaker of a girl introduced simply as Lucy. While Quinn struggles to honour her sister’s desperate request and care for the lost, scared Lucy, she fears that Nora may have gotten involved in something way over her head—something that will threaten them all. But Quinn’s worries are nothing compared to the firestorm that Nora is facing. It’s a matter of life and death, of family and freedom, and ultimately, about the lengths a woman will go to protect the ones she loves.
  2. The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg
    Publication date: November 21st, 2017
    A beautiful, life-affirming novel about a remarkably loving man who creates for himself and others second chances at happiness. A moving novel about three people who find their way back from loss and loneliness to a different kind of happiness. Arthur, a widow, meets Maddy, a troubled teenage girl who is avoiding school by hiding out at the cemetery, where Arthur goes every day for lunch to have imaginary conversations with his late wife, and think about the lives of others. The two strike up a friendship that draws them out of isolation. Maddy gives Arthur the name Truluv, for his loving and positive responses to every outrageous thing she says or does. With Arthur’s nosy neighbour Lucille, they create a loving and unconventional family, proving that life’s most precious moments are sweeter when shared.
  3. The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay
    Publication date: November 7th, 2017
    Mary Davies lives and works in Austin, Texas, as an industrial engineer. She has an orderly and productive life, a job and colleagues that she enjoys—particularly a certain adorable, intelligent, and hilarious consultant. But something is missing for Mary. When her estranged and emotionally fragile childhood friend Isabel Dwyer offers Mary a two-week stay in a gorgeous manor house in Bath, Mary reluctantly agrees to come along, in hopes that the holiday will shake up her quiet life in just the right ways. But Mary gets more than she bargained for when Isabel loses her memory and fully believes that she lives in Regency England. Mary becomes dependent on a household of strangers to take care of Isabel until she wakes up. With Mary in charge and surrounded by new friends, Isabel rests and enjoys the leisure of a Regency lady. But life gets even more complicated when Mary makes the discovery that her life and Isabel’s have intersected in more ways that she knew, and she finds herself caught between who Isabel was, who she seems to be, and the man who stands between them. Outings are undertaken, misunderstandings play out, and dancing ensues as this triangle works out their lives and hearts among a company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation.
  4. Heather, the Totality by Matthew Weiner
    Publication date: November 7th, 2017
    The explosive debut novel – about family, power and privilege – from the creator of the award-winning Mad Men. Mark and Karen Breakstone have constructed the idyllic life of wealth and status they always wanted, made complete by their beautiful and extraordinary daughter Heather. But they are still not quite at the top. When the new owners of the penthouse above them begin construction, an unstable stranger penetrates the security of their comfortable lives and threatens to destroy everything they’ve created.
  5. Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl by Andrea Lawlor
    Publication date: November 1st, 2017
    It’s 1993 and Paul Polydoris tends bar at the only gay club in a university town thrumming with politics and partying. He studies queer theory, has a dyke best friend, makes zines, and is a flâneur with a rich dating life. But Paul’s also got a secret: he’s a shapeshifter. Oscillating wildly from Riot Grrrl to leather cub, Women’s Studies major to trade, Paul transforms his body at will in a series of adventures that take him from Iowa City to Boystown to Provincetown and finally to San Francisco—a journey through the deep queer archives of struggle and pleasure.

Hmm, none of these really seem like my cup of tea. But as I’ve said before, the fiction section is so diverse that it happens more often than not that I don’t like most of these books on this list. I like specific genres of fiction, but I do keep track of this list, mostly for the bestsellers and big names outside of my favourite genres that I do like to read. So, none of those this week. And to be honest, the last book sounds kind of rude and filled to the brim with cliches. Though I must admit that I did not see the shapeshifter thing coming. Reading the first few lines kind of made me wonder if this book was about transsexuality? Anyway, that is either way not really my kind of book.

Did you find anything interesting in this list?

Happy reading,

Loes M.

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