Here's a selection of particularly good books publishing in September 2013, selected from over 100 new and notable books that are previewed on BookBrowse.
This month brings new works from many familiar writers. J. M. Coetzee returns with The Childhood of Jesus, an eerie allegorical tale told primarily through dialogue which explores childhood and destiny. From Southern fiction master Daniel Woodrell comes The Maid's Version, an explosive emotional story about family, justice and the power of truth. Edwidge Danticat, author of the best-selling Brother, I'm Dying, delivers Claire of the Sea Light, a stunning novel about a fisherman's daughter gone missing and what it means to be a parent, child, friend, neighbor and lover.
Jane Urquhart's Sanctuary Line is a powerful, poetic read offering a reflection on the fragility of human life and our tenuous connection to one another, all mirrored in the study of the migratory habits of monarch butterflies. A stew of Middle East politics, computer sci-fi and Jewish philosophy, Dara Horn's A Guide for the Perplexed is an ambitious and highly entertaining novel. Fans of Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal author Jeannette Winterson will want to check out her novel The Daylight Gate, a magical modern-day tale of the Pendle Witches.
Historical Fiction & Sci-Fi
"Socially conscious melodrama at its best", Diane Chamberlain's Necessary Lies, set in rural North Carolina during a time of state-mandated sterilizations and racial tension, explores the lives of two women, seemingly very different, but truly connected. Set in Depression-era Seattle comes another story of two connected people - Songs of Willow Frost is a powerful tale of a boy with dreams for his future and a woman escaping her haunted past, both in search of love, hope, and forgiveness. Robert Morgan's The Road from Gap Creek is the long-awaited sequel to Gap Creek - a moving and monumental portrait of people in the Great Depression and World War II.
Award winning poet Jason Mott explores faith and morality, love and responsibility in his debut novel The Returned in which loved ones all over the world come back from the beyond; while Margaret Atwood fans will be thrilled that the final entry in her MaddAddam series is here!
Mysteries & Thrillers
Inspector Gamache returns in a new Louise Penny novel, How the Light Gets In. This is the ninth in the series and receiving reviews that indicate it could be her best yet; BookBrowse members who reviewed it for First Impressions rated it an average of 4.9 out of 5.0! John Lawton's Then We Take Berlin is a gripping historical thriller of espionage, war and the people caught up in it. World War I nurse and amateur sleuth Bess Crawford is back in Charles Todd's A Question of Honor; as is Jack Reacher in Lee Child's Never Go Back, an intricate puzzle that forces Reacher to question who he is, what he's done and what his life will become.
Starring: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Director: Harald Zwart
Opens: August 21 in the USA (and 45 other countries near the same time)
When her mother disappears, Clary Fray learns that she descends from a line of warriors who protect our world from demons. She joins forces with others like her and heads into a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld.
Based on the first volume of the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, five volumes of which have been published, with a sixth due to be published in March 2014.
IMDB Rating: 7/10
Rotten Tomatoes: 13%