Friday, March 18, 2011

10 Reasons to Be Excited About Fiction in April

This list was originally published on Amazon's Omnivoracious blog and I thought it was interesting.

10. The illicit romance at the circus Water for Elephants hits the big screen starring Reese Witherspoon and Edward Cullen--I mean--Robert Pattinson.

9. Marshall is neurotic, divorced, and has issues, yet he's willing to give dating another shot in Daniel Clowes's pitch-perfect and humble graphic novel, Mr. Wonderful (available April 12). You can read it over lunch at your desk and snort over the contrast between Marshall's thoughts and what comes out of his mouth. And his date, Natalie, almost makes him seem well-adjusted. Totally charming, this book.

8. David Foster Wallace left behind one unfinished novel about agents working at the IRS. The Pale King comes out April 15.

7. L.A. lawyer Mickey Haller crafts an unusual defense for a murder in the midst of the foreclosure crisis in The Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly (available April 5). This Friday, another Mickey Haller thriller, The Lincoln Lawyer, arrives in theaters starring Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, and Ryan Phillippe.

6. Set after World War I, the first novel from Paul Elwork, The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead, is about a set of twins who concoct a scheme to convince the neighborhood kids that they can speak to ghosts. When the grown-ups coping with devastating war losses hear about their "ability," the twins become trapped in a calamitous deception (available March 31).

5. The anxiously-awaited sequel to Gayle Forman's If I Stay, Where She Went isn't just for young adults. The book begins 3 years after Mia's devastating accident and follows a day in her new life as a Juilliard student. When Mia runs into her first love, Adam, who has gone on to a successful music career, old emotions return and their heart-wrenching history turns into a hopeful and warm new connection (available April 5).

4. A stand-alone family drama from Lisa Scottoline, Save Me tackles the unintended consequences when parents try to intervene in school bullying. Tightly plotted and relevant to current events, it's a thriller and a heart-wrencher all in one (available April 12).

3. Kathryn Stockett's smash bestseller The Help is out in paperback. Set in Mississippi during the civil rights movement, Kathryn Stockett's story about black maids working for white women and more than lives up to the hype (available April 5).

2. Great fodder for book clubs: Readers who loved Suite Francaise will love Amanda Hodgkinson's debut, 22 Britannia Road, about a family torn about by World War II trying to piece itself back together. The irreversible events that passed during Janusz and Silvana's years of separation still linger, including Janusz's love affair with another woman. That isn't the only secret threatening to destroy their new life, and the surprising and hopeful ending will make this story difficult to forget (available April 28).

1. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell manages to strike the perfect balance between hilarious and tender. Lincoln's job is to monitor his company's email, and while he starts off flagging Beth's internet correspondence with her friend Jennifer for "inappropriate content," he finds himself drawn into their stories and falling in love with a woman he's never met face-to-face. When he realizes that he's the guy around the office who Beth is crushing on, Lincoln finds the motivation to start working out, move out of his mother's house, and eventually quit and move on to a better job. But will these obviously meant-for-each-other nerds come together in person at last? I loved it loved it loved it--you couldn't want a better ending.

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