These book releases for February are some of the biggest titles of the month.
'See Now Then' by Jamaica Kincaid -February 5, 2012
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
See Now Then by Jamaica Kincaid is her first novel in ten years. It is about a marriage and a family in New England, and about examining past, present and future. Some have said the novel is inspired by parts of Kincaid's own life, although that is probably true of most novelists. Kincaid was born in Antigua and now lives in Vermont.
'Vampires in the Lemon Grove' by Karen Russell - February 12
Karen Russell certainly knows how to come up with provocative titles and book covers. Her first book, a series of short stories, was called St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves
, and gained her a following. Her next book was a novel, Swamplandia
, with a picture of a giant gator on the cover. Now she returns to short stories with Vampires in the Lemon Grove
, a collection of eight stories including one about vampires whose marriage is strained when one of them develops a fear of flying.
'Out of the Easy' by Ruta Sepetys - February 12
Penguin Young Readers Group
Out of the Easy
is the next young adult novel by Ruta Sepetys, author of Between Shades of Grey
(a novel about a girl in Lithuania in the 1940s, not to be confused with the more popular Fifty Shades of Grey
). Out of the Easy
is told from the perspective of a 17 year old girl whose mother is a prostitute in New Orleans in the 1950s. Josie wants to escape New Orleans and go to college, but she gets entangled in an investigation of a mysterious death. Sepetys has some cross over appeal, with adult readers as well as a teen audience.
'A Week in Winter' by Maeve Binchy - February 12
Beloved author Maeve Binchy died in July 2012, but fortunately for her fans, she left behind a final manuscript. A Week in Winter is the story of an inn on the coast of Ireland, in a small town. A local resident decides to renovate an old house and open it to guests on holiday. A Week in Winter chronicles the first week the house is open to guests, and includes a quirky cast of characters from across Europe and the U.S.
'The Storyteller' by Jodi Picoult - February 26
thrives on controversial and emotional topics. Her next novel, The Storyteller
, is no exception. The Storyteller
is about a beloved older citizen who confesses to a woman he has befriended that he used to be a Nazi SS Guard. He asks the woman to kill him because he says he deserves to die. Of course, in typical Picoult-fashion, the request is complicated by the fact that the woman's grandmother is a Holocaust survivor.
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'The Teleportation Accident' by Ned Beauman - February 26
The Teleportation Accident
by Ned Beauman was on the longlist for the 2012 Man Booker Prize
. It is a historical fiction novel that is also part L.A. Noir, part science fiction. The Teleportation Accident
takes place in seventeenth century Berlin and involves the "Teleportation Device" that is used in plays for transporting actors from one scene to the next. Problems arise when the machine malfunctions and actors end up dead. Then there is a physicist who is trying to invent an actual teleportation device. This is Beauman's second novel.