October is New Release month! I thought I’d post my Top 2 picks and give some links to other lists for Fall 2013 releases so you can tell us what you’d like to read.
The Widow Tree by Nicole Lundrigan.
This book just draws me in from the awesome cover to the mysterious plot. Also, so many reviewers keep talking about how Lundrigan should be more recognized than she is for her incredible writing and I would love to give this a try.
From the back cover:
In the fall of 1953, three teenagers find a clutch of long-lost Roman coins while clearing vegetables from a government field, and they argue over what to do with this new-found wealth. Nevena insists they should be turned over as they rightfully belong to the country. János wants to keep them. And Dorján walks the line between the two. The decision to conceal their discovery turns disastrous when János disappears.
Dorján and Nevena are left to question everything they believed to be true, while the mother of the missing boy, a widow named Gitta, slowly unravels. Has János used the money to escape the home that stifles him? Or has something much more sinister taken place?
The Widow Tree is a compelling, richly layered story of fatal plans and silent betrayals in a tightly knit Yugoslav village, where the postwar air is simultaneously flush with hope and weighted with suspicion. Amidst an intricate web of cultural tensions, government control, family bonds, and past mistakes, the truth behind many closely guarded secrets is revealed—with life-altering consequences.
Flagged Victor by Keith Hollihan
I do judge books by their covers and this cover would not have normally fallen into my hands. Now that it has, (based on a suggestion from Quill & Quire) I think would be a smart, fun read. The first few pages totally grabbed me, in no small part due to the fact that I’m on a Kundera kick right now and he’s mentioned on the first page.
From the back cover:
In Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the late 1980s, two young university students who share a tenuous grasp on morality and a desire to lead remarkable lives convince themselves to risk everything and rob a bank. Chris, the son of a police officer and the one with the charmed life, wants to test his theory that it’s impossible to get caught. His best friend and accomplice hopes that out of the adventure he’ll get the material for the great novel he’s destined to write. Like Butch and Sundance mixed with Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, they begin a crime spree that escalates in daring and comic misadventure until they collide with consequences that will mark them both for the rest of their lives.
Inspired by the author’s real-life boyhood friendship with a convicted bank robber, and by the morally ambiguous philosophies of Kundera, Conrad, Greene and Nietzsche, Flagged Victor is a gripping and darkly humorous novel of the rivalries, loyalties and betrayals of male friendship and the often crippling regrets of our youth
Links to more suggestions for Fall 2013
49th Shelf books that should have been nominated for awards
Quill & Quire’s Fall 2013 books to look forward to
Scotiabank Giller Prize Shortlist 2013