2013 is about half over, and the books editors at Amazon have already chosen their top 10 books of the year so far, just in time for you to make a few additions to your beach bag. Unlike the film industry, there isn’t a clearly defined “prestige” season for book releases, so it wouldn’t be surprising if a lot of these titles popped up on year-end best lists as well — although there are still many highly touted titles yet to come in the fall, including ones from Donna Tartt, Amy Tan, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Marisha Pessl. Check out Amazon’s picks and snippets from EW reviews below: READ FULL STORY
Tag: Fiction (51-60 of 304)
Khaled Hosseini on his decades-spanning new novel: 'Everything for me starts very small and snowballs'
You’ll be forgiven for thinking that Khaled Hosseini’s third novel, And the Mountains Echoed (out today), is just like his previous two. Like bestsellers The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, his latest is a multi-generational family saga — a novel that starts in rural Afghanistan, yes, but that grows up and out, jumping both forward in time and across the world, to Europe and the United States; and informed, in part, by his own experiences traveling to Afghanistan in recent years. The result has a deceptive emotional scale, often in the same chapter. (Our Stephan Lee gave it an A.) “Everything for me starts very small and snowballs. So I rarely start with the grand idea and find a place for it and narrow down,” Hosseini says. “It’s really just start small and as I’m writing it I begin to see, sometime to my own surprise, what’s unfolding and what’s blooming.”
The author spoke with us about the gap between his second and the third novel; the experiences that informed the very large cast of characters; and how readers have begun responding to “the tree” that is his newest novel.
Is this the literary novel of the summer? See the star-studded trailer for 'And Sons' by David Gilbert -- EXCLUSIVE
Summer might traditionally be the time for skimpy clothes and skimpy reading, but if your brain is feeling flabby after beach reads with titles like Big Girl Panties — not that there’s anything wrong with those — give & Sons by David Gilbert (out July 23) a try.
Drawing comparisons to The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach and The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud, & Sons follows the life of A.N. Dyer, a reclusive J.D. Salinger-like figure whose novel Ampersand stands a classic of American teenage angst. As Andrew Newbold Dyer delivers the eulogy at his oldest friend Charles Henry Topping’s Upper East Side funeral, he suffers a breakdown over the life he’s led and the people he’s hurt and the novel that will forever endure as his legacy. He must gather his three sons for the first time in many years — before it’s too late.
So begins a wild, transformative week, as witnessed by Philip Topping, who, like his late father, finds himself caught up in the swirl of the Dyer family. First there’s son Richard, a struggling screenwriter and father, returning from self-imposed exile in California. In the middle lingers Jamie, settled in Brooklyn after his 20-year mission of making documentaries about human suffering. And last is Andy, the half brother whose mysterious birth tore the Dyers apart 17 years ago, now in New York on spring break, determined to lose his virginity before returning to the prestigious New England boarding school that inspired Ampersand. But only when the real purpose of this reunion comes to light do these sons realize just how much is at stake, not only for their father but for themselves and three generations of their family.
Intrigued? Check out this exclusive trailer for & Sons, which features friends, admirers, publishing pros, and celebrities — including Brooke Shields — talking about their favorite A.N. Dyer novel. READ FULL STORY
A grisly crime thriller meets sci-fi action meets historical fiction in a wildly inventive summer page-turner. The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes (out June 4) features a time-traveling serial killer — yep, you read that right — named Harper Curtis who targets shining girls, bright young women who possess some unnameable quality that makes them burn with potential. Kirby Mazrachi is the only shining girl who managed to escape Harper once he set his sights on her. To bring her almost-killer to justice, she joins the Chicago Sun-Times to work with the reporter who covered her case. You’ll have to wait a few more weeks to discover what she finds, but here’s the exclusive trailer for Shining Girls below: READ FULL STORY
The recipients of the 2013 Pulitzer Prizes, the highly prestigious awards administered by Columbia University each year, were announced on Monday. Honorees for the book awards include stories that range from topical tales of North Korea-U.S. relations to the timeless subject of failed marriages.
The prize for fiction went to The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson, which EW gave an “A” upon its release in early 2012 and later listed among the year’s best fiction. The novel takes place in North Korea, chronicling the life of a man named Pak Jun Do, from his childhood in a state orphanage through a series of adventures and struggles amid rising tensions between North Korea and the U.S. READ FULL STORY
Benjamin Percy (The Wilding) is the latest author to take on the supernatural world, mixing werewolf mythology with a zombie formula of modern horror. In Red Moon, humanity is threatened by an animal-borne pathogen that transforms innocent bystanders into supernatural beings, and the government’s reaction to that epidemic is nearly as dangerous as the disease. In the book’s exclusive trailer, we see the beginnings of what appears to be a war between lycans and the human race. As the trailer puts it, “They live among us. They are our neighbors, our mothers, our lovers. They change.”
Watch the exclusive Red Moon trailer below, and find the book on shelves May 7: READ FULL STORY
Ryan Howard and Kelly Kapoor may not have ended up together on The Office — but next year, you’ll get the chance to reunite them on your bookshelf.
Former Office writer, co-executive producer, and star B.J. Novak has signed a seven-figure, two-book deal with Knopf. But unlike his ex Office-mate Mindy Kaling — who released her own bestselling Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? in 2011 — Novak has eschewed essays for fiction. His agent, Richard Abate, describes the book as a collection of stories — “The closest analogy for me is Woody Allen,” Abate told the New York Times. “Underneath these stories is a real intellectual curiosity. I think their appeal is that they’re incredibly accessible and comic, but at the same time they’re exploring the modern condition.”
Abate knows what he’s talking about; he previously represented Tina Fey (Bossypants), Tracy Morgan (I Am the New Black), and 30 Rock‘s Judah Friedlander (How to Beat Up Anybody). Novak’s first book, which he wrote over the past year, is expected to be published in 2014.
B.J. Novak on his ‘Mindy Project’ arc, being BFF with Mindy Kaling, and returning to ‘The Office’
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Diana Gabaldon answers burning questions about the next Outlander novel. Plus, the cover! -- EXCLUSIVE
To the Diana Gabaldon fans out there: You’ve been waiting patiently for the next Outlander novel since 2009’s An Echo in the Bone, but you’ll still have to wait until December for the eighth installment, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood. The novel will follow your favorite characters through revolutionary Philadelphia as Jamie makes a dramatic return to Claire’s side, a new army sweeps the city, and romance and violence brew. While you’re waiting, Gabaldon has taken the time to tease Written in My Own Heart’s Blood without giving anything away. See below for some intriguing answers to your most burning questions and an exclusive look at the cover — which isn’t as simple as it looks:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The ending of the last Outlander novel thrilled some and infuriated some, and left all your fans in agony. It’s been four long years, so please assure us that there’s resolution in the beginning of Written in My Own Heart’s Blood?
DIANA GABALDON: Oh, yes. If you’re lucky, there will be quite a bit in the end, too.
What have your readers been most vocal about since An Echo in the Bone?
1. IS THERE ANOTHER BOOK!?!?
2. You left that poor little boy alone in that tunnel ALL THIS TIME?!?
3. OMG, what’s Jamie going to do to Lord John?!? What will he do to CLAIRE?!?!?
4. The next book isn’t the LAST ONE, is it?!? (No, it’s not.)
Where does the title come from?
From the rock polisher in the back of my brain. I throw Evocative, Significant, or Euphonious Words in there by the handful, let them tumble around, and now and then I pull them out to see if any of them are shiny yet.
How does this one differ from previous Outlander novels?
You notice the symbol on the cover? It’s an octothorpe. That’s because I’m juggling eight storylines here (and one of them has to do with the printing trade). The books are all different, in tone, approach, theme, shape/structure, and (of course) plot. This one is shaped like a chord progression, and the one-word theme is “Betrayal.” READ FULL STORY
Scottish author Iain Banks recently informed readers that he has been diagnosed with gall bladder cancer and has only months to live.
The well-loved fiction and sci-fi author, who wrote The Wasp Factory and Consider Phlebas, issued an official statement on his website, which explained that the gall bladder cancer had spread and effectively ruled out any opportunity for surgery:
“The bottom line, now, I’m afraid, is that as a late stage gall bladder cancer patient, I’m expected to live for ‘several months’ and it’s extremely unlikely I’ll live beyond a year. So it looks like my latest novel, The Quarry, will be my last.
As a result, I’ve withdrawn from all planned public engagements and I’ve asked my partner Adele if she will do me the honour of becoming my widow (sorry – but we find ghoulish humour helps).”
Banks, who has not yet decided if he will undergo chemotherapy to extend his life, also informed his fans that his publishers are working diligently to move up the publication date of The Quarry so that he will be around when it hits shelves. In the meantime, a website will be up and running soon where readers can keep track of his progress. Read Banks’ full statement here.
Read an exclusive excerpt from ‘Beautiful Stranger,’ the follow-up to the steamy ‘Twilight’ fanfic ‘Beautiful Bastard’
Author and TV writer Maria Semple talks ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’, ‘Arrested Development’, and the ‘Bernadette’ movie
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Author and TV writer Maria Semple talks 'Where'd You Go, Bernadette', 'Arrested Development', and the 'Bernadette' movie
Where’d You Go, Bernadette, released in paperback today, tells the story of Bernadette Fox, a brilliant architect turned neurotic housewife who spends her days planning a family trip to Antarctica per her teenage daughter’s request. What results is a hilarious epistolary novel constructed almost entirely of letters and email correspondence. When Bernadette goes missing, it becomes her daughter’s sole purpose to track down her mother in this story about family, failure and bouncing back. The second novel from television writer Maria Semple, Where’d You Go, Bernadette, made a splash in the book world in 2012 and is now being made into a feature film. We caught up with Semple to talk about the book, the movie and everything in between: READ FULL STORY
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