Whether you are going on a vacation, or staying at home and relaxing, you should have a good book at your side. This is a list of new releases that deserve your attention. All of these novels feature unique stories. Some of them will make you laugh, some will make you cry, and some will leave you perplexed.
But all of them will give you a new experience.
1. Everybody Rise by Stephanie Clifford
This is a story about Evelyn Beegan, and her desire to be accepted into the elite society of Manhattan. The author uses classical themes, family, money, ambition, friendship and the universal need to fit in – the themes that we can all identify with. All of that, combined with humor, makes this a novel you don’t want to miss.
2. A Window Opens by Elisabeth Egan
Alice Pearse is a mostly-happily married mother of three with a desire to accomplish her professional goals. At some point, everything seems to be going smoothly, and in another she finds herself wondering what she really wants. Most of us come face-to-face with this modern dilemma: Can we do it all?
3. The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
The author brings us the story about Rachel, the mother of Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro. Living on the idyllic island of St Thomas in the early 1800s, she has always dreamt of living in Paris. But her life doesn’t go as she planned. In order to save her father’s business, she is married off to a widower with three children. After the death of her husband, she starts a passionate relationship with her husband’s nephew. The story about this extraordinary woman and her forbidden love is certainly going to keep you up way past your bedtime.
4. Undercover by Danielle Steel
Marshall Everett is an undercover DEA agent. After his life has taken an unexpected turn, he meets Ariana Gregory, who is recovering from her own tragedy. Together, they face another fight for their survival. The story explores the consequences of trauma and the perseverance of the human spirit. If you have read Danielle Steel before, I’m sure that this book is already on your must-read list. And if you haven’t, this is your chance.
5. The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
Simon Watson is a young librarian. His mother was a circus mermaid who drowned, and his sister reads tarot cards for a traveling carnival. After reading a book and finding out that generations of “mermaids” in his family have drowned, he becomes worried about his sister. This book tells a story about books, magic and families. A winning combination that will enchant you.
6. The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher by Hilary Mantel
This collection of short stories made it on a great number of “the best books of the year” lists. Perfect for book clubs, this novel will shock you, make you laugh, and most importantly, it will make you think about your own life.
7. This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! By Jonathan Evison
A 78 year old Harriet Chance finds herself on a cruise that her late husband had planned. During this voyage, she start examining her life and the events that influenced the course of her life, discovering that she’d lived her entire life under false pretences. Evison’s story about dysfunctional love, mother-daughter relationship and forgiveness will take you on a journey of reexamination.
8. Girl in the Woods by Aspen Matis
Aspen Matis tells her story about the healing process on the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail leading from Mexico to Canada. After being raped on her second night of college, she tried to deal with her own confusion and shame. But as desperation grew, she decided to venture on a five-month trek. You will find this true-life story about personal growth extremely inspirational.
9. The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood
Charmaine and Stan are a married couple, living in a car, because they can’t find a job. They answer an ad for the Consilience social experiment, which seems to be the answer to their prayers. They start their lives in a town where no one is unemployed and everyone gets a great house. The only catch is that they have to spend every other month in prison, as inmates. At some point, things start to complicate, and what once looked like a prayer answered, starts to look like a horror movie.
10. Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie
In the near future, a storm hits New York and strange things start to happen. A gardener’s feet no longer touch the ground, a graphic novelist meets his own creation, a baby witnesses corruption and marks the guilty with blemishes and boils. The events that follow will lead to the epic war between light and dark, that will last two years, eight months, and twenty-eight nights. As always, Rushdie concealed symbols and people inside his novel, and challenged us once again to recognize them all.
11. Wind/Pinball by Haruki Murakami
The book is comprised of two novels written by Murakami in 1978. The story features two young men, the narrator and his friend, the Rat. Get the insight into a great writer’s beginnings with these stories of loneliness, obsession, and eroticism.
12. All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani
Go back in time, to the 1930s Los Angeles, and witness the golden age of Hollywood. See how Loretta Young met Clark Gable, and how Gable, though already married, fell for this young actress. Featuring stars like Spencer Tracy, Myrna Loy, David Niven, Hattie McDaniel and others, this novel offers insight into the greatest love affairs of the time.
13. After Alice by Gregory Maguire
Coinciding with the 150th anniversary of Lewis’ Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”, we get a new twist on this classic. The protagonist of the story is Ada, a friend of Alice’s mentioned briefly in the original story.
14. Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
Set in the colonial Kenya in 1920s, the story introduces Beryl Markham, an aviator, caught up in a passionate love triangle with the safari hunter, Denys Finch Hatton, and Karen Blixen, who wrote the classic memoir “Out of Africa”, as Isak Dinesen. Enjoy the adventures of a woman before her time, experience the exhilaration of freedom and find out what it costs.
15. Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving
Meet Juan Diego—a fourteen-year-old boy, and his sister, a thirteen-year-old Lupe. She is a mind-reader and thinks she can see the future. By following their story, you will learn about the nature of memories and the effect they can have on our future.