Fall and winter are two of the busiest publishing seasons. If you did not receive these books under the Christmas tree, you might want to visit Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries online: www.nlpl.ca or in person to request them:
â˘ âLuminariesâ by Eleanor Catton. Catton was the winner of the 2013 Booker Prize for Fiction for this historical mystery set in the gold fields of New Zealand. Walter Moody, a young Edinburgh lawyer, has come to New Zealand in search of gold. He walks into a frontier world filled with intrigue: greed, romance, secrets and mystery.
â˘ âLowlandâ by Jhumpa Lahir. This new novel is set in America and India, the story of two brothers, inseparable as children and through their teens. Things change when the brothers are in their early 20s. Udayar, a passionate idealist, is committed to action, no matter what the consequence. Subhash, the good and dutiful son, pursues a career as a research scientist in America, far from the political turmoil of his native land. When Udayar becomes the victim of political violence, Subhash steps up to marry his brotherâs pregnant wife.
â˘ âGoldfinchâ by Donna Tartt. Theo Decker survives a tragic accident which takes his motherâs life, and is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. A beautifully rendered 17th-century painting of a goldfinch becomes the symbol of his connection to his mother. The reappearance of his neâer-do-well father and an unfortunate friendship move Theo from wealthy New Yorkâs Park Avenue to a life of drugs and the art underworld.
â˘ âOrendaâ by Joseph Boyden. Boydenâs latest novel opens with a brutal massacre and the kidnapping of a young Iroquois girl. The novel centres on Snow Falls, the young girl, the Huron warrior who kidnaps her and Christophe, a charismatic Jesuit. Set in the 17th century, in a time of warring nations and fervent missionaries, âOrendaâ paints a vivid picture of Canada at the crossroads.
â˘ âLongbournâ by Jo Baker. In âLongbourn,â a below-the-stairs version of âPride and Prejudice,â Baker focuses on the lives of the servants in the Bennet household, made famous by Jane Austenâs âPride and Prejudice.â The household provides an interesting backdrop, but the servants have enough rich and complex relationships and dramas of their own to make this a compelling and enjoyable read.
â˘ âInstructions for a Heatwaveâ by Maggie OâFarrell. âInstructions for a Heatwaveâ follows a family crisis in London and Ireland during the legendary British heat wave of 1976. Robert Riordan, a retired banker, heads off to the local shop to buy a newspaper and disappears. His children are called together by his wife Gretta to search for their missing father. While searching for clues, the children expose their own disappointments and failings. Relationships are mended, secrets exposed and past sins forgiven in this well-executed family portrait.
â˘ âEmancipation Dayâ by Wayne Grady. Jack Lewis, a mixed race Canadian sailor, is stationed in St. Johnâs in 1942. He is fair and able to pass as white, which he does while courting his Newfoundland sweetheart. Later, married and back in Ontario, Jack remains ashamed of his black father and continues to hide him from his new wife. Racial tensions, internal and external, drive the novel. Grady wrote the novel as a result of discovering that his âIrishâ great-grandfather was actually Afro-American.
If you received an eReader, or tablet for Christmas, check Newfoundland and Labrador Public Librariesâ website for our selection of free ebooks to download to your device.
Happy Reading in 2014.
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