Fiction Watch List for Next Week

Two novels to keep an eye on next week – Paolo Giordano’s The Solitude of Prime Numbers, an international bestseller that’s starting to draw media attention, and Sarah Addison Allen’s third novelThe Girl Who Chased the Moon, which has solid demand in libraries that have ordered it.

Paolo Giordano’s The Solitude of Prime Numbers is the saga of two misfit Italian schoolmates as they move through life.

Today’s NYT calls it, “…a mesmerizing portrait of a young man and woman whose injured natures draw them together over the years and inevitably pull them apart.”

It gets an A- in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, which says,

We’re engrossed by the way in which a dreadful combination of faulty brain wiring and rotten luck propels each child’s future, like number sequences locking into place.

USA Today also mentions this debut novel by a 27 year old Italian physicist in an international roundup:

Don’t be frightened off by the author’s Ph.D. or the book’s title… Giordano’s passionate evocation of being young and in despair will resonate strongly with readers under 30. Alas, overbearing parents, special-needs siblings, cruel classmates, physical and sexual insecurities, guilt, loneliness and grief are universal plagues.

The Solitude of Prime Numbers
Paolo Giordano
Retail Price: $25.95
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books – (2010-03-18)
ISBN / EAN: 0670021482 / 9780670021482


The Girl Who Chased the Moon, the tale of a young woman’s seach for her roots in a small Southern town, received a starred review in Library Journal:

Allen’s warm characters and quirky setting are what will completely open readers’ hearts to this story. Nothing in it disappoints.

The Girl Who Chased the Moon
Sarah Addison Allen
Retail Price: $25.00
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Bantam – (2010-03-16)
ISBN / EAN: 0553807218 / 9780553807219

Other Titles With Buzz On Sale Next Week

The Spellmans Strike Again (Spellman Files Series #4) by Lisa Lutz (Simon & Schuster)

Think Twice, by Lisa Scotoline, (St. Martin’s Press)

But the real news in fiction next week is in childrens and YA titles:

Stephenie Meyer‘s Twilight: The Graphic Novel (Yen Press) — Meyer’s first foray into Manga.

The Wimpy Kid Movie Diary by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books) — the movie opens next week (see trailer here).

L.J. Smith’s The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Shadow Souls (HarperTeen) — fans are resting easier, now that the CW has announced that the series based on the books has been renewed for the fall.

James Patterson‘s Maximum Ride: Fang (Little Brown)

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