New General Fiction Books
When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius--his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There's only one problem: Alex has a beef with an actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse. Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through?
"From the Pulitzer finalist and universally beloved author of the New York Times best sellers Swamplandia! and Vampires in the Lemon Grove, a stunning new collection of short fiction that showcases her extraordinary gifts of language and imagination"-- Provided by publisher.
As the eldest brother, the responsibility for the family ranch now rests on Mark Bennett's broad shoulders. He wouldn't have it any other way--he loves being in charge. Working hard on the land helps him stay focused and keeps him from noticing what's missing in his life--what he'll never allow himself to have for fear that one small taste will break his careful control. But a sweet blue-eyed blonde has just arrived in town, and the attraction between them is undeniably hot. So Mark tightens the reins around his heart--how can he tell her what he really wants? Events planner Katelyn Johnson's new gig is the wedding of a rodeo superstar. Right now, it's tough not to focus on the rider's tempting older brother. So far, getting beneath Mark's gorgeously gruff exterior has been a pleasure.
"Inverness, 1820. Perched on the North Sea, this port town--by turns legendary and mythological--is a place where Highland rebels and English authorities clash in a mortal struggle for survival and dominance. Among the fray is a lovely young widow who possesses rare and special gifts. Isabella Drummond: A true beauty and trained physician, Isabella has inspired longing and mystery--and fury--in a great many men. Hunted by both the British government and Scottish rebels, she came to the Highlands in search of survival. But a dying ship's captain will steer her fate into even stormier waters. . .and her heart into flames. Cinaed Mackintosh: Cast from his home as a child, Cinaed is a fierce soul whose allegiance is only to himself. . .until Isabella saved his life--and added more risk to her own. Now, the only way Cinaed can keep her safe to seek refuge at Dalmigavie Castle, the Mackintosh family seat. But when the scandalous truth of his past comes out, any chance of Cinaed having a bright future with Isabella is thrown into complete darkness. What will these two ill-fated lovers have to sacrifice to be together...for eternity?"--Publisher.
"Bull rider James Bennett lives for those eight seconds of exhileration. A rodeo cowboy in his prime, all he wants out of life is something to straddle. That's why James is feeling a little restless, spending his summer off working his family's ranch. That is, until a spirited and gorgeous veterinarian-in-training shows up and puts away the cocky wild boy -- and his ego -- in place. Though she's a feisty one, James is always up for a challenge. Sophie Stone has to admit it: James Bennett is a checklist of cowboy hotness -- ruggedly handsome with piercing blue eyes, a hard-muscled body, and just enough swagger to make her toes curl. She thought she was done with her bad-boy phase, but exceptions must be made. How can Sophie possibly say no to a man who makes her heart buck like a bronco? And when their summer fling comes to an end, how can she possibly say goodbye?"--Page 4 of cover.
In the wake of a major loss, five sisters agree to meet on the regular to keep it real. But secrets they never saw coming will challenge them and everything they counted on... Savvy and decisive, Burgundy Reeves feels blessed with a good husband and a successful career. She is the sister everyone envies. Since her beloved mother's death, she's given troubled youngest sister, Elyse, a stable home when she needs it most. And she's taken it on herself to keep her contentious siblings together. Under her guidance, they all meet bi-monthly on zSister Day,y a time when they get together to bond, to receive a challenging zassignmenty, and to cope with a range of things - including their many differences... Among the sisters leads to an unveiling of secrets that may destroy lives. Burgundy is struggling to show Coco the real deal about her unreliable baby daddy. If she and level-headed Drucilla can also convince hard-headed eldest sister Alita to give Coco more love than tough talk, that might heal a longtime rift. But it's teenage Elyse's truth that will shatter Burgundy's perfect world beyond repair. And putting the pieces back together could make the sisters stronger together than ever - or pull them apart for good.
"Manhunter: When Luke Starbuck takes on a wealthy banker as a client, the only thing more compelling than the paycheck is his prey. The James-Younger gang has confounded countless detectives, including the men of the Pinkerton Agency. Now it’s Starbuck’s chance to bring down the most notorious group of outlaws the West has ever seen―led by none other than cold-blooded killer Jesse James. --Bloody hand: Born a slave, Jim Beckwirth forged his own path to freedom as a mountain man. But when the owner of a wealthy trading company offers to pay him to live among the Crow Indians, Beckwirth accepts the deal―and discovers a way of life as a warrior that will change him, and the fate of a nation, forever. . ."--Back cover.
"#1 New York Times bestselling author Dean Koontz brings Jane Hawk's one-woman war to an explosive climax as the rogue FBI agent wages her final battle against a terrifying conspiracy--for vengeance, for justice, and for humanity's freedom. "Jane Hawk is arguably the best character Koontz has created. Simply put, wow."--Associated Press Groundbreaking, wholly involving, eerily prescient and terrifyingly topical, Dean Koontz's Jane Hawk series sets a new standard for contemporary thrillers. Since her sensational debut in The Silent Corner, readers have been riveted by Jane Hawk's resolute quest to take down the influential architects of an accelerating operation to control every level of society via an army of mind-altered citizens. At first, only Jane stood against the "Arcadian" conspirators, but slowly others have emerged to stand with her, even as there are troubling signs that the "adjusted" people are beginning to spin viciously out of control. Now, in the thrilling, climactic showdown that will decide America's future, Jane will require all her resources--and more--as she confronts those at the malevolent, impregnable center of power"-- Provided by publisher.
"A wise and joyful novel, Strangers and Cousins is about what happens when an already sprawling family hosts an even larger and more chaotic wedding: a compassionate and entertaining story about family, culture, memory, community, and the permeable linesthat define one's tribal identity"-- Provided by publisher.
"A novel about past mistakes and betrayals that ripple throughout generations, The Guest Book examines not just a privileged American family, but a privileged America. It is a literary triumph. The Guest Book follows three generations of a powerful American family, a family that "used to run the world." And when the novel begins in 1935, they still do. Kitty and Ogden Milton appear to have everything--perfect children, good looks, a love everyone envies. But after a tragedy befalls them, Ogden tries to bring Kitty back to life by purchasing an island in Maine. That island, and its house, come to define and burnish the Milton family, year after year after year. And it is there that Kitty issues a refusal that will haunt her till the day she dies. In 1959 a young Jewish man, Len Levy, will get a job in Ogden's bank and earn the admiration of Ogden and one of his daughters, but the scorn of everyone else. Len's best friend, Reg Pauling, has always been the only black man in the room--at Harvard, at work, and finally at the Miltons' island in Maine. An island that, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, this last generation doesn't have the money to keep. When Kitty's granddaughter hears that she and her cousins might be forced to sell it, and when her husband brings back disturbing evidence about her grandfather's past, she realizes she is on the verge of finally understanding the silences that seemed to hover just below the surface of her family all her life. An ambitious novel that weaves the American past with its present, Sarah Blake's The Guest Book looks at the racism and power that has been systemically embedded in the U.S. for generations"-- Provided by publisher.
Ensconced within a Hudson Valley retreat where expectant birth mothers are given luxurious accommodations and lucrative rewards to produce perfect babies, a Filipino immigrant is forced to choose between a life-changing payment and the outside world.
"Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but he doesn't experience big, important emotions like love and grief. Rather than believing he processes emotions differently due to being autistic, he concludes that he's defective and decides to avoid romantic relationships. So his mother, driven to desperation, takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect mail-order bride. As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity to marry an American arises, she leaps at it, thinking that it could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn't go as planned. Esme's lessons in love seem to be working...but only on herself. She's hopelessly smitten with a man who believes he can never return her affection. Esme must convince Khai that there is more than one way to love. And Khai must figure out the inner workings of his heart before Esme goes home and is an ocean away"-- Provided by publisher.
"Instant national bestseller Nathan Ripley follows up the success of Find You in the Dark with another suspenseful page-turner--this time about a woman whose notorious father died when she was a child, but whose legacy comes back to haunt her."-- Provided by publisher.
"It's Sophie Bloom's forty-second birthday, and she's ready for a night of celebration with Gabe, her long-time, devoted husband, her two besties, and their spouses. Dinner is served with a side of delicious gossip, including which North Grove residents were caught with their pants down after a secret online dating site for committed couples was hacked. Thirty-two million cheaters worldwide have been exposed ... including Sophie's 'perfect' husband. To add insult to injury, she learns Gabe is the top cheater in their town. Humiliated and directionless, Sophie flees to France to meet up with her teenage daughter who is studying abroad. After a brief visit to Paris, Sophie heads out to the artist enclave of Saint-Paul-de-Vence. There, Sophie acknowledges her own desires--not her husband's, not her daughter's--and rediscovers, with painful honesty and humor, her essence as she reawakens her sensuality and ambitions as a sculptor"--Dust jacket flap.
"In Tea Mutonji's disarming debut story collection, a woman contemplates her Congolese traditions during a family wedding, a teenage girl looks for happiness inside a pack of cigarettes, a mother reconnects with her daughter through their shared interest in fish, and a young woman decides to shave her head in the waiting room of an abortion clinic.These punchy, sharply observed stories blur the lines between longing and choosing, exploring the narrator's experience as an involuntary one. Tinged with pathos and humour, they interrogate the moments in which femininity, womanness, and identity are not only questioned but also imposed."-- Provided by publisher.