Looking forward to February

One of the odd things about working for a publication is that your monthly timeline gets out of whack. A couple weeks ago I was writing about Christmas novels for a December feature. Now, it’s on to the New Year. In October Abby posted a preview of big February fiction titles, noting that Chris Bohjalian, Lori Lansens and Louise Erdrich have new novels coming out. Trisha has also posted a February teaser, writing about Joe Hill’s (Stephen King’s son’s) forthcoming Horns. After a meeting today about our February lineup (February already!), I jotted down a few other books you might want to remember.

three weissmanns of westportSeems like anything even remotely connected to Jane Austen has an audience – see this month’s YA modern-day Emma, The Espressologist. Cathleen Schine, author of The New Yorkers, will re-imagine Sense and Sensibility in February’s The Three Weissmanns of Westport. In this telling, literary agent Miranda and library director Annie are Elinor and Marianne.the girl who fell from the sky

Heidi Durrow’s The Girl Who Fell From the Sky won the 2008 Bellwether Prize for Fiction. The book follows the daughter of a Danish immigrant and a black G.I. as she struggles with her biracial identity. Bellwether founder Barbara Kingsolver says of the novel: “Haunting and lovely, pitch-perfect, this book could not be more timely.” I am betting that this Feb. 16 release will be a highlight of the month.

man from beijingIn 2006, Whodunit? Columnist Bruce Tierney wrote that Swedish author Henning Mankell’s The Man Who Smiled is “a first-rate detective story” that “manages the border crossing into superlative mainstream fiction.” Mankell fans are in for a treat in February. The English translation of Mankell’s The Man From Beijing, a stand-alone international thriller about “a crime unprecedented in Swedish history,” will hit stores on Feb. 16. The plot will run from Beijing to Zimbabwe, and Mankell’s publisher is touting the author as the next Stieg Larsson. Sounds intriguing. . .

Also look out for plenty of Valentine’s Day appropriate books (a staff favorite title: You Say Tomato, I say Shut Up: A Love Story).

Have any 2010 books caught your eye? Tell us in the comments or in our Facebook discussion.


6 Responses to Looking forward to February

  1. JoAnn says:

    I am looking forward to……

    Allen, Sarah Addison. The Girl Who Chased the Moon. Bantam. Mar. 2010
    After her mother’s death, 17-year-old Emily goes to live with her grandfather in Mullaby, NC, where the dead drop little notes and the wallpaper remakes itself daily. Can’t wait – loved this author’s other two books.

    Berg, Elizabeth. The Last Time I Saw You. Random. Apr. 2010.
    After 45 years, a woman returns to her first high school reunion. Ripe for discussion (we all remember high school). I just had my 45th reunion so this really should “speak” to me.

    Lamott, Anne. Imperfect Birds. Riverhead: Penguin Group Apr. 2010.
    Smart, beautiful, and a star athlete, 17-year-old Rosie is every proud parent’s dream. But it turns out that she’s been lying to her parents and is in danger of drifting into the darkness of drugs and alcohol. Lamott should do this well as she has lived this life.

  2. Eliza says:

    Great suggestions — I am also looking forward to the Lamott.

  3. gail says:

    I am looking forward to Jennifer Donnelly’s new
    book in 2010. Then I will have read all three and the complete story

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