Books to Watch Next Week

Among the major releases coming next week are a “literary” author entering thriller territory, a novel that echoes events in Haiti and my personal favorite, the new Louise Erdrich.

Ordinary Thunderstorms
William Boyd
Retail Price: $26.99
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Harper – (2010-02-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061876747 / 9780061876745

eBook available from OverDrive

Whitbread-award winning author Boyd (A Good Man in Africa), delves into the thriller genre in this, his ninth novel. It’s had  great prepub reviews and some early consumer coverage. The WSJ interviewed the author and called the book “gripping.”

Although set in London circa 2010, Ordinary Thunderstorms has a Dickensian cast of characters—predators and prey, tycoons and paupers, charlatans and stooges—orbiting one another in the mean streets of London.


One Amazing Thing
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Retail Price: $23.99
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Voice – (2010-02-02)
ISBN / EAN: 1401340997 / 9781401340995

One Amazing Thing has already been featured in USA Today‘s look at what booksellers are expecting to do well this season, and, in a separate article on how the novel echoes events in Haiti, since it “tells the harrowing story of nine terrified people trapped in an office building in an unnamed U.S. city after an earthquake.” The has selected it as “One to Watch.”


Shadow Tag
Louise Erdrich
Retail Price: $25.99
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Harper – (2010-02-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061536091 / 9780061536090

This one is my personal pick for the week. Erdrich examines a marriage through several lenses. The wife has been keeping a diary. Realizing her husband has been reading it, she begins writing entries designed to affect him. Meanwhile, she begins a separate diary to record her true feelings. The device brings you right into the heart of a difficult, passionate marriage.

More Major Fiction Releases Next Week:

Patterson, James and Michael Ledwidge, Worst Case, Little Brown
Bohjalian, Chris, Secrets of Eden, Crown; Entertainment Weekly gives it a B+
Hamilton, Laurell K. Flirt, Berkley
DeLillo, Dan, Point Omega, Scribner; gets a disappointing C+ in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly.
Harris, Robert, Conspirata, S&S
Mills, Mark,  Information Officer, Random House
Conrad, Lauren Sweet Little Lies, HarperCollins — the second in the L.A. Candy series by one of the stars of the MTV series, Hills
Hannah, Kristin Winter Garden, St. Martins

Lerangis, Peter The 39 Clues Book 7: The Viper’s Nest

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