Among the books to check out this week are Michel Faber's latest, an enlightening new biography of John Lennon, and a young journalist's memoir about fostering a dog.
D (a Tale of Two Worlds)
Michel Faber (Hanover Square)
In Faber's latest, following 2014's The Book of Strange New Things
, the letter 'D' has gone missing. A 13-year-old named Dicky Bentley, who lives in England after being adopted from Somaliland in Africa, begins feeling the strain of the alphabetical loss when she starts being admonished for her poor spelling at school. After her teacher introduces her to a Sphinx that morphs into a dog, the girl and her canine friend go through a portal to enter a winterbound land called Liminus. The duo then work to reclaim the letter D, and bring warmth to the new land, which is laden with literary references. We said this "fantastical romp" will "enchant readers of all ages."
The Particulars of Peter: Dance Lessons, DNA Tests, and Other Excuses to Hang Out with My Perfect Dog
Kelly Conaboy (Grand Central)
Conaboy, a writer-at-large at New York
Magazine, blends humor, memoir, and reporting in this, her debut novel. One of PureWow's 7 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in December
, the novel chronicles the author's experience fostering and then adopting a dog named Peter. Filled, we noted, with "sharp observations" and underpinned by the author's "offbeat sense of humor," we think this one is ideal for "dog enthusiasts" and "anyone looking for a good laugh."
When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain
Nghi Vo (Tor.com)
This standalone novella, a follow-up to The Empress of Salt and Fortune
, is set in the fictional land of Anh and, once again, features the Cleric Chih. After running into a trio of talking tigers, who demand to hear a legend about their ancestors, Chih relates the story of a female scholar named Dieu who was intertwined with a tiger named Ho Thi Thao. The book, we said, will bring readers into a "lush, sophisticated story of queer love and survival."
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Our Last Goodbye
Shirley Dickson (Forever)
This WWII novel follows a nurse falling in love. Set in 1943, the book follows 25-year-old May Robinson who works at a factory in England. May's son, Derek, who was born out of wedlock, has been raised by his grandmother and told that May is actually his sister. After May's mother dies and Derek is sent away from their town to be safe from the bombings, May becomes a nurse and falls for a conscientious objector she meets at her new hospital. We think the book is ideal for historical fiction fans who "will quickly become immersed in May’s heartwarming story" and her "struggle to overcome adversity and loneliness."
Take It Back
Kia Abdullah (St. Martin’s)
In this legal thriller from British author Abdullah, a young barrister on the rise named Zara Kaleel leaves her high-powered law firm to represent victims of sexual abuse. The move to do more meaningful work lands Zara with complicated first case in which she is representing a 16-year-old disabled white girl accusing for English Muslim boys of rape. As an English Muslim herself, the case puts Zara at the center of a number of complex personal and political issues. With rich charactres and plenty of twists, the novel, we think, builds to "a shocking end." We believe Abdullah is "definitely a writer to watch."
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