August is the end of summer -- still a time for fun reads but also a month that transitions into the big fall publishing season. These are the biggest books set for release in August 2011.
'Unsaid' by Neil Abramson - August 4, 2011
Neil Abramson's debut novel is told from the point of view of Helena Colden, who has recently died of cancer. She watches what happens to her husband and animals (she was a vet) after she dies. Her husband is nearly destroyed with grief, but also compelled to fight for animal rights because of his wife.
'The Magician King' by Lev Grossman - August 9, 2011
The Magician King is Lev Grossman's follow-up to his bestselling book, The Magicians. The Magician King takes readers back to Fillory, where Quentin, Eliot, Janet, and Julia are kings and queens, but tragedy and an unexpected turn land Quentin and Julia back in Massachussetts.
'The Lantern' by Deborah Lawrenson - August 9, 2011
The Lantern is Deborah Lawrenson's sixth novel, but her first released in the U.S. It is being hailed as a modern gothic novel. The Lantern includes romance, a mystery, an old house in the south of France and a possible haunting.
'Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness' by Fuller - August 23, 2011
Alexandra Fuller introduced readers to her family in Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight. In Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, Fuller focuses on her mother and on her family's life and struggles in Africa.
'The Cut' by George Pelecanos - August 29, 2011
The Cut is the first in a new series of crime novels by George Pelecanos starring Spero Lucas, an Iraq War veteran who makes a living recovering stolen property. In The Cut, Lucas gets hired by a crime boss, and gets pulled into a violent an amoral world.