Weekly Spotlight On…New Year, New (Fiction) Books!

I love reading about new books, but as a reader it can be a daunting task trying to keep up with all the books that come out week after week.  Staying ahead of the pack (and the library hold list) can sometimes be a difficult enterprise.  Have no fear, however!  This week I will be showcasing some upcoming fiction books for 2013 that are sure to get all those fiction readers out there excited, and next week I will list some upcoming nonfiction books for the nonfiction fans.  This is not a comprehensive list, so for more extensive lists of upcoming books, check out the Book Page’s Fiction Forecast and About.com’s Bestseller 2013 preview.  Enjoy!

January Releases

White Dog Fell From the Sky by Eleanor Morse: This is a story of a man forced to flee South Africa in 1976 after he witnesses a murder by a South African authority.  Some have compared it to the hugely popular Cutting For Stone, so keep an eye out!

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier: Written by the author of Girl With the Pearl Earring, this historical fiction novel focuses on the Underground Railroad.

Tenth of December by George Saunders: Saunders is “a self-identified disciple of Twain and Vonnegut”, so watch out for this collection of short stories which is said to be his most accessible (when compared to his three previous collections).

February Releases

Vampires in the Lemon Grove by Karen Russell: Another short story collection sure to be a hit after Russell’s award winning novel Swamplandia!.

A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy: Binchy passed away in 2012, leaving this final manuscript behind.  Lovers of her tales of small-town Ireland will be clamoring for this novel.

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult: Picoult appeals to a wide base of readers through her sympathetic characters but often daring and controversial plot lines.  This new novel will be no exception.

March Releases

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid: There is a lot of buzz surrounding this novel, which is Hamid’s third.  His first two have already garnered critical acclaim for his explorations into relations between East and West, and this one may launch him into the spotlight.

Dark Tide by Elizabeth Haynes: After Gillian Flynn’s success with Gone Girl this summer, Haynes’ second psychological suspense novel will be a hit with fans of Flynn’s novel.

Six Years by Harlan Coben: Always a popular author, this stand alone novel will have an even wider appeal; it will attract die hard Coben fans as well as readers who don’t want to get into a series.

April Releases

Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende: Popular Chilean novelist takes a departure from historical fiction and sets her new novel in modern times, involving drugs, assassins, and the FBI.

All That Is by James Salter:  Salter hasn’t published a novel since Solo Faces, over 30 years ago.  ‘Nuff said.

Equilateral by Ken Kalfus: Kalfus’ previous novel was nominated for a 2006 National Book Award, so this new novel about two British scientists in Egypt trying to communicate with Mars is sure to attract attention.

May Releases

Montero Caine by Sidney Poitier:  Yes, actor Sydney Poitier.  Intrigued? I know I am!

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini:  It’s been about ten years since Hosseini’s The Kite Runner turned into a runaway hit.  He returns with (in his own words), “a multi-generational-family story as well, this time revolving around brothers and sisters, and the ways in which they love, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for each other.”

More Releases

Two books are coming out by Stephen King: Joyland will be released in June and Dr. Sleep, King’s sequel to The Shining will be released in September.  Personally, these are the two books that I am looking forward to the most!


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