Middletown Thrall Library conducts you... Beyond the Bestsellers: Interesting Fiction and Authors Often Not Found on Bestseller Lists - Summer 2011 Edition

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General Fiction

  • The Astral - Kate Christensen The Astral - Kate Christensen. Poet Harry Quirk and his wife Luz have lived in Greepoint, Brooklyn throughout their thirty year marriage. When Luz suspects Harry is having an affair, she tosses him, his manuscripts and his computer out leaving him to seek solace in work, his friends, and his children. According to Kirkus, this character driven novel is "a masterpiece of comedy and angst."
  • The Sentimentalists - Johanna Skibsrud The Sentimentalists - Johanna Skibsrud. Napoleon Haskell, an alcoholic and Vietnam veteran, goes to Canada to live with Henry Carey, the father of one of Napoleon's war buddies. In this meditative novel narrated by Napoleon's daughter, the poet Skibsrud explores themes of family, the generational effects of violence, and redemption.

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Historical Fiction

  • City of Ash - Megan Chance City of Ash - Megan Chance. A young society matron is banished to Seattle after the painting she posed nude for is exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago. Set during the time of the Great Fire (1889), this novel has wonderful characters, a tightly woven plot, and plenty of historical detail.

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  • Secret of the White Rose - Stefanie Pintoff Secret of the White Rose - Stefanie Pintoff. The third entry in Pintoff's stellar historical series finds Simon Ziele investigating the murder of a judge presiding over the trial of an anarchist who killed innocent bystanders in his attempt to murder Andrew Carnegie. Readers will be rewarded with a gripping narrative and plenty of atmosphere.

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Science Fiction & Fantasy

  • The Quantum Thief - Hannu Rajaniemi The Quantum Thief - Hannu Rajaniemi. Freed from Dilemma Prison, a thief agrees to travel with his rescuer to a city on Mars that uses time as currency. Kirkus calls this space opera "spectacularly and convincingly inventive, assured and wholly spellbinding: one of the most impressive debuts in years." Don't miss it!

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  • Breaking Silence - Linda Castillo Breaking Silence - Linda Castillo. When three members of an Amish family die of asphyxiation in an apparent hate crime, Police Chief Kate Burkholder must confront her Amish upbringing and find answers before the killer strikes again.

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  • The Sisters Brothers - Patrick deWitt The Sisters Brothers - Patrick deWitt. Cinematic, compelling, and amusing, with nods to Charles Portis and Frank Norris, this novel details the journey of Eli and Charlie Sister from Oregon City into the heart of the California Gold Rush.

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