List-O-Rama: 6 Upcoming Grown Up Novels
2012 was a bit disappointing for me in terms of adult fiction, with the exception of a couple of great genre reads. Optimist that I am, I'm hoping that 2013 will be better.
Here are a few that look promising. *crosses fingers*
A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy (U.S. Release: Feb. 12, 2013)
A Week in Winter is beloved Irish novelist Maeve Binchy's last book, which she completed shortly before her death last year. It's already out in the U.K. and Ireland and has gotten some very positive reviews. I received an ARC of this one, and am looking forward to reading it soon. (I do prefer the U.K./Irish cover, though--it looks less dour.)
He's Gone by Deb Caletti (May 7, 2013)
I have really enjoyed Deb Caletti's young adult novels, and I think he style will be well-suited for an adult novel. He's Gone sounds like it has a bit of mystery to it, which really intrigues me, since her YA novels tend to be family drama-type stories. I'm really digging the cover, too.
Lessons in French by Hilary Reyl (March 5, 2013)
Hilary Reyl's debut about a decent college grad in 1989 Paris piqued my interest, despite my general aversion to books set in the eighties. It's described as,
"...at once a love letter to Paris and the story of a young woman finding herself, her moral compass, and, finally, her true family."
I'm intrigued, especially since the author spent much of her youth in Paris as well.
A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn (April 23, 2013)
Apparently, Deanna Raybourn's a popular author, but she's new to me. I'm very hit or miss with historical fiction, but her forthcoming novel that takes place in 1920s Kenya seems like it may work for me. I'm guessing that whether or not I like this one will depend on how Kenya's colonial legacy is handled. I also saw that Allison from The Allure of Books gave it four stars on Goodreads (which is what put it on my radar), so that bodes well.
Star Crossed by Jennfer Echols (Feb. 26, 2013)
Jennifer Echols + Grown Up Romantic Comedy = Do I need to say anything else? I loved Jennifer's comedic YA novels, so I'm sure that her debut adult novel will incredibly entertaining.
Carniepunk Anthology (July 30, 2013)
Carnivals are more than mildly terrifying, so it's bound to make an ideal theme for an urban fantasy anthology, right? Really, I've been wanting to try most of the contributors to Carniepunk, so I think this is the perfect to take them for a test drive, so to speak.