January 01, 2008

Novels Of The Month: January 2008

As novel readers usher in the new year, it would be nice to know what books to anticipate reading and I'm glad to give you a scoop on WritersCrunch. Starting from January, you can find new novels as well as updates on them. Perhaps your favorite novel might just be eyeing the bestseller lists. So why not keep an eye here:)

This year begins with...

Homecoming by Bernhard Schlink, the international bestseller of The Reader (Der Vorleser in German). Homecoming is the story of one man's odyssey and another man's pursuit. As a child, his narrator becomes obsessed with an incomplete manuscript about a German POW; as an adult, he goes in search of the missing ending - and his own father, also apparently killed in the war. It's a quest for identity, forgiveness and love.

In The Appeal, John Grisham's new legal thriller after The Broker, a powerful, timely, and shocking story of political and legal intrigue is told by the master himself. A story that will leave readers unable to think about the U.S. electoral process or judicial system in quite the same way ever again.

Russell Banks's new novel, The Reserve, is set in the Adirondack Mountains in 1936; a character loosely based on the artist Rockwell Kent is beguiled by a beautiful but mentally unstable heiress. Trust Banks!

Crusaders by Richard T Kelly is an impressive debut. Set in 1996, it sees a young clergyman struggling to set up a church in a deprived part of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Kelly reflects in energetic, muscular prose on the history of the Labor movement and foreshadows the huge social change to come.

In The Flowers, Dagoberto Gilb, who won the PEN/Hemingway award for The Magic of Blood, writes of a Mexican-American boy navigating the hazards of race, class, and poverty.

Sue Miller's The Senator's Wife is about the private lives of two women with a mesmerizing portrait of two marriages exposed in all their shame and imperfection, and in their obdurate, unyielding love. The author of the iconic The Good Mother and the best-selling While I Was Gone brings her marvelous gifts to a powerful story of two unconventional women who unexpectedly change each other’s lives.

In What I Was, the first adult novel by Meg Rosoff, the elderly first-person narrator recalls an intense boyhood relationship.

If you know of any interesting novel to look out for this January, please feel free to leave them in the comments section.

Happy Reading!

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