Fiction of the Week

The Frozen Rabbi by Steve Stern (Algonquin). Yes, this is a novel about a frozen rabbi who thaws in the late 20th century after being found by Bernie Karp, of Memphis, Tenn., in his parents’ freezer.

A starred Booklist review says “an uproarious and trouncing romp through the anguish and ironies of the Jewish diaspora matches mysticism with mayhem, beatitude with organized crime, creativity with crassness.”

The Frozen Rabbi
Steve Stern
Retail Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Algonquin Books – (2010-05-11)
ISBN / EAN: 156512619X / 9781565126190

Other Fiction Releasing This Week

Miracle on the 17th Green, by James Patterson & Peter De Jonge, Little, Brown. UPDATE: This is a rerelease of an earlier Patterson title. The publisher’s catalog, p. 22, says, “Just in time for the golf season and Father’s Day…James Patterson’s classic golf novel is beautifully repackaged here as the perfect gift for a new generation of golfers.” An audio version is being released for the first time (Hachette Audio; UNABR; 978-1-60788-202-2; $24.98).

Wanna Get Lucky?, by Deborah Coonts, (Forge Books).  Booklist says, “this is chick-lit gone wild and sexy, lightly wrapped in mystery and tied up with a brilliantly flashing neon bow. As the first in a series, Wanna Get Lucky? hits the proverbial jackpot.” The author, who is also the wife of Stephen Coonts, will be  featured at the AAP Librarian Lunch at the BEA.

The Good Son, by Michael Gruber, (Holt). LJ says the author’s “latest high-stakes thriller, good from start to finish, will enhance his reputation.”

My Name is Mary Sutter, by Robin Oliveira, (Viking). This historical novel about a young midwife who becomes a surgeon’s assistant during the Civil War is a “graceful, assured portrayal of a courageous woman shines through in [Oliveira’s] outstanding debut novel,” according to Booklist. It is also a featured pick for May by independent booksellers.

Fever Dream by Lincoln Child and Douglas Preston (Grand Central). The 10th thriller starring FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast.

Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin (St. Martin’s) explores the adulterous temptations facing a pediatric surgeon.

The Nearest Exit by Olen Steinhauer (Minotaur) follows a recently imprisoned CIA agent forced to reassert his loyalty through difficult test missions.

Executive Intent by Dale Brown (HarperCollins). A”near-future” political thriller.

The Pregnant Widow by Martin Amis, Knopf. Amis lives up to his reputation for shocking; the book even gets reviewed by The New York Post.

The Marrowbone Marble Company by Glenn Taylor (Ecco). The literary heavyweight of the month, by an NBCC-award winner.

Young Adult

The Cardturner by Louis Sachar (Delacorte) tells the story of a high school student whose parents force him to drive his elderly rich uncle to bridge games.

2 Responses to “Fiction of the Week”

  1. Aj Says:

    Is Miracle on the 17th Green the same book from 1999 with a new cover? I’ll have tons of people asking me for the “new” Patterson book that I’ve had on the shelf for years.

  2. Nora Rawlinson Says:

    You’re right; we’ve updated the post to reflect that it is a repackaging of an earlier title. You may have people asking for it, since the publisher’s catalog indicates that there will be national advertising and publicity for the book.