February 01, 2008

Novels Of The Month: February 2008

As the month of February begins today, I'm happy to be sharing this month's book releases. Most of the books will be released on February 7. If you have any book in mind that is not on this list, please feel free to comment about it.

Happy reading!:-)

We Are Now Beginning Our Descent is James Meek's follow-up to his acclaimed historical novel, The People's Act of Love. This is a contemporary tale of love, hubris and misunderstanding as a war reporter takes his own baggage to Afghanistan, hoping to turn the elusive, unpredictable Astrid into girlfriend material, and the turmoil of political events into material for a bestselling thriller. The world, needless to say, will not bend to his will, but the resulting novel is as gripping and acute as its predecessor.

In Out of Breath, Julie Myerson conjures a spare, absorbing tale of children on the run from threatening adult reality into the summer nights of the English countryside and their own imaginations: her trademark combination of emotional honesty and supernatural suggestion makes it near-impossible to put down.

Helen Dunmore continues the vogue for all things Latinate in Counting the Stars, which tells the story of the poet Catullus's love for his secret mistress, set against the backdrop of Julius Caesar's Rome.

John Edgar Wideman's new book"Fanon," is the Brown University professor's first novel in 10 years, about the legendary author of "The Wretched of the Earth", Frantz Fanon.

Steven Millhauser, Pulitzer Prize–winning author for Martin Dressler, packages a dazzling new collection of darkly comic stories united by their obsession with obsession. In Dangerous Laughter, Steven Millhauser transports us to unknown universes that uncannily resemble our own.

Debut Authors

In Submarine, young newcomer Joe Dunthorne's cheerfully peculiar 15-year-old narrator is a worthy successor to Adrian Mole.

Sadie Jones tells how a troubled young man kicks out against the hypocrisy and repression of 1950s society in The Outcast.

Novelists with a subcontinental focus

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni comes with The Palace of Illusions, a novel relevant to today’s war-torn world, but takes us back to a time that is half history, half myth, and wholly magical. Narrated by Panchaali, the wife of the legendary Pandavas brothers in the Mahabharat, the novel gives us a new interpretation of this ancient tale.

Following his spectacular debut, The Death of Vishnu, Manil Suri returns with a mesmerizing story of modern India, richly layered with themes from Hindu mythology. The Age of Shiva is at once a powerful story of a country in turmoil and an extraordinary portrait of maternal love. The book will be released on February 4.

Via: Guardian Unlimited

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