Friday Reads: New Fiction

Let’s take a look at some of our new fiction titles. All books are available at Danville Public Library.

51otbdwqtbl-_sx329_bo1204203200_Ahab’s Return, or the Last Voyage by Jeffrey Ford

“A bold and intriguing fabulist novel that reimagines two of the most legendary characters in American literature–Captain Ahab and Ishmael of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick–from the critically acclaimed Edgar and World Fantasy award-winning author of The Girl in the Glass and The Shadow Year. At the end of a long journey, Captain Ahab returns to the mainland to confront the true author of the novel Moby-Dick, his former shipmate, Ishmael. For Ahab was not pulled into the ocean’s depths by a harpoon line, and the greatly exaggerated rumors of his untimely death have caused him grievous harm–after hearing about Ahab’s demise, his wife and child left Nantucket for New York, and now Ahab is on a desperate quest to find them. Ahab’s pursuit leads him to The Gorgon’s Mirror, the sensationalist tabloid newspaper that employed Ishmael as a copy editor while he wrote the harrowing story of the ill-fated Pequod. In the penny press’s office, Ahab meets George Harrow, who makes a deal with the captain: the newspaperman will help Ahab navigate the city in exchange for the exclusive story of his salvation from the mouth of the great white whale. But their investigation–like Ahab’s own story–will take unexpected, dangerous, and ultimately tragic turns. Told with wisdom, suspense, a modicum of dry humor and horror, and a vigorous stretching of the truth, Ahab’s Return charts an inventive and intriguing voyage involving one of the most memorable characters in classic literature, and pays homage to one of the greatest novels ever written”– Provided by publisher.

9781250193162Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird

The compelling, hidden story of Cathy Williams, a former slave and the only woman to ever serve with the legendary Buffalo Soldiers.

“Here’s the first thing you need to know about Miss Cathy Williams: I am the daughter of a daughter of a queen and my Mama never let me forget it.”

Missouri, 1864

Powerful, epic, and compelling, Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen shines light on a nearly forgotten figure in history.*

* Description is from Wowbrary.

81y12tazbrlJohn Woman by Walter Mosley

Recounts the transformation of an unassuming boy named Cornelius Jones into John Woman, an unconventional history professor–while the legacy of a hideous crime lurks in the shadows.






Pretty Things by Virginie Despentes, translated by Emma Ramadan

“A woman convinces her sister, who has a beautiful voice, to pretend they are the same person so she can become famous. After she suddenly commits suicide, the remaining sister continues to use, and learn about, her dead sister’s identity.”– Provided by publisher.


61bjkrztowl-_sx333_bo1204203200_The Stylist by Rosie Nixon

When fashion boutique worker Amber Green is mistakenly offered a job as assistant to infamous, jet-setting ‘stylist to the stars’ Mona Armstrong, she hits the ground running, helping to style some of Hollywood’s hottest (and craziest) starlets. As awards season spins into action Mona is in hot demand and Amber’s life turned upside down. Suddenly she catching the attention of two very different suitors, TV producer Rob and Hollywood bad boy rising star Liam. How will Amber keep her head? And what the hell will everyone wear? The Stylist is a fast-paced, fun-packed rummage through the ultimate dressing up box.

9780525521525We That Are Young by Preti Taneja

A stunning debut novel — the tale of a battle for power within a turbulent family, for status within a nation built on myths, and for the love and respect of a megalomaniac father giving in to madness.






Note: All book covers are from Google Images and all descriptions are from the SHARE Catalog except where otherwise noted.

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