Thursday, December 10, 2015

Meg's Picks: January 2016, part 1

It has been really hard waiting to share some of these titles with you--I have ordered some of them months and months ago! Here are a few of the titles I know you're going to want to know about, coming out next month!

After the Crash, by Michel Bussi. If you're unfamiliar with Bussi's name, I have a feeling you won't be for long--he's France's best known crime-writer, and this particular title was on the best-seller's list there for two years. He's also been likened to Stieg Larsson, so that's not a bad thing either. The premise of the novel?
A night flight from Istanbul bound for Paris, filled with 169 holiday travelers, plummets into the Swiss Alps. The sole survivor is a three-month-old girl--thrown from the plane onto the snowy mountainside before fire rages through the aircraft. But two infants were on board. Is the miracle baby Lyse-Rose or Emilie? Both families step forward to claim the child--one poor, one powerful, wealthy, and dangerous.

The Ex, by Alafair Burke. Burke isn't new to the publication game, but this may be the breakout novel that makes her a household name (think Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl style). Widower Jack Harris has resisted the dating scene ever since the shooting of his wife Molly by a fifteen-year-old boy three years ago. An early morning run along the Hudson River changes that when he spots a woman in last night’s party dress, barefoot, enjoying a champagne picnic alone, reading his favorite novel. Everything about her reminds him of what he used to have with Molly. Eager to help Jack find love again, his best friend posts a message on a popular website after he mentions the encounter. Days later, that same beautiful stranger responds and invites Jack to meet her in person at the waterfront. That’s when Jack’s world falls apart. My best guess is everyone you know is going to be talking about this novel by spring, so place your hold now!

The Golden Son, by Shilpi Somaya Gowda. I am expecting book clubs in particular to pick up on Gowda's new sprawling family saga, which follows two friends along very different paths as they grow up, and apart.
The first of his family to go to college, Anil Patel, the golden son, carries the weight of tradition and his family’s expectations when he leaves his tiny Indian village to begin a medical residency in Dallas, Texas, at one of the busiest and most competitive hospitals in America. When his father dies, Anil becomes the de facto head of the Patel household and inherits the mantle of arbiter for all of the village’s disputes. But he is uneasy with the custom, uncertain that he has the wisdom and courage demonstrated by his father and grandfather. 
Meanwhile, back home in India, Anil’s closest childhood friend, Leena, struggles to adapt to her demanding new husband and relatives. Arranged by her parents, the marriage shatters Leena’s romantic hopes, and eventually forces her to make a desperate choice that will hold drastic repercussions for herself and her family. Though Anil and Leena struggle to come to terms with their identities thousands of miles apart, their lives eventually intersect once more—changing them both and the people they love forever.


Sandra Weiner said...

Hi Megan =- Alafair Burke is a woman - James Lee Burke's daughter.

Megan Norrell said...

Good catch, Sandra! I've made the correction. :)