Summer light-reads are over, but autumn has brought us novels written by the most prominent names in publishing. The following books have been featured in ‘most anticipated’ lists due to the buzz the books have received throughout the publishing industry. Before you run out to buy these books wherever books are sold, you should put them on hold so they could be ready for you as soon as possible.
The sister’s brothers is an western-comedy indebted to the style of Louis L’Amour and Elmer Kelton. The story follows the relationship between two outlaw brothers sent from Oregon City to Sacramento to kill Harmann Kermit Warm. Why? Because the Commodore said so. They’ve only known death, yet on their travel relationships get complicated when Eli begins to rethink the life he’s led as the quiet killer to his savage brother Charlie. If Mystery is more your speed, you may be interested in Laurie R. King’s newest novel, The Pirate King. Part 11 of the Mary Russell Series, the Pirate King takes place in turn of the century silent film era England. Mary Russell is sent to investigate the criminal activities that surround the popular Fflytte studio. Her investigation leads her on set to escort a group of blue eyed blonde tweens to Lisbon, then Morocco, on a decrepit boat with a horde of real pirates. As madness ensues, Mary Russell has to wonder what types of secrets does the crew hold, and why did Fflyte think that he could control a group of pirates? The discovery of a spy on board puts the novel into madcap status.
Only Time will Tell, also set in England, is the first book in a series that will expand upon decades in the life of Harry Clifton. A life resigned to working the docks of Bristol, his uncle tells him the story of Harry’s father, killed in the Great War. A number of lucky breaks take him from the waterfront but lead to more questions about his family and commitment to England. It turns out, his father may not have died in the Great War. But then, secrets unfold that lead him to believe that it was not his father at all. Years later, he’s left to decide whether he is to take a position at Oxford or commit to fighting Nazism. The series is meant to expand over 100 years, and the novel points towards those scenes within the book. In the end, the series will take the reader through generations of family history, peeling back the layers that put families in certain places at certain times.
Alice Hoffman, bestselling author and Oprah’s book club-member releases the Dovekeepers this fall. This work of literary fiction blends historical fiction and mythology to tell the story of the four women who lived through the siege of Masada, the ancient fortress of Israel. Hoffman’s strong female characters will be familiar to those who have read Fortune’s Daughter or Here on Earth. Yael, Revka, Aziza and Shirah all lead different lives, but are forced together because of extraordinary circumstances. Each keep doves and tell their story creating multiple points of view that allow Alice Hoffman to inform the reader of their actions, leading them to the siege.
And finally, what would you do if given the chance to stop the Kennedy assassination? And, would you read it if it’s close to 1000 pages? Stephen King, master of horrific and suspenseful letters, is planning on it when he comes out with 11/22/63. The story begins with Jake Epping, a part-time GED teacher who receives an essay written by his student describing his family’s murder. Shortly afterwards, Jake learns from his friend Al that the diner’s storeroom contains a portal to 1958. Jake become George Amberson, and is set out to befriend Lee Harvey Oswald, go to Sock Hops and date the High School Librarian…yeah.