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The Big Kids’ Table: 5 Adult Fiction Picks (March)

Good morning everyone! (It’s not really morning when I’m writing this, I’ll admit. I’m about a week early and listening to the Jessica Darling mix in my bathrobe.) Three months into the new year, and it’s time for another round of new adult fiction books you may or may not be interested in checking out. Anyone having any luck in this department? As of right now, I’ve read 2 adult fiction books out of 23 books for the year. I’m not sure how likely it is for me to grab some of the books I’ve been discussing in this meme but I have been browsing through the Literature section at Barnes & Noble and keeping tabs on some books to take out. Please be sure to comment if you have read anything I should be adding to any of my four million book lists! And now onto the books…

What They Do in the Dark: A Novel by Amanda Coe
Upcoming Release Date: March 19, 2012
Why I’m interested: The premise sort of reminded me of Summer Sisters.
Description from AmazonSpoiled but emotionally neglected Gemma, who seems to have everything, and semi-feral Pauline, who has less than nothing, are two very different ten-year-old girls growing up in a tough Yorkshire town in the 1970s. Pauline longs for the simple luxuries of Gemma’s life: her neatly folded socks and her clean hair. Gemma, upset by her parent’s breakup, loses herself in fantasies of meeting the child television star Lallie. When Lallie shoots a movie in their hometown, Gemma and Pauline grab the chance for their wildest dreams to come true. But the film becomes a terrible catalyst for the larger forces acting on the two girls, a dysfunctional adult world that trickles down to the children; and playground bullying escalates, with dreadful consequences. [ Goodreads | Amazon ]

Make It Stay by Joan Frank
Upcoming Release Date: March 30, 2012
Why I’m interested: This book description is so different than anything I’ve seen in awhile. Secrets, marriage, love stories, etc.
Description from Amazon: In the tree-nestled Northern California town of Mira Flores, writer Rachel (“an aging typist with an unprofitable hobby”) and her Scottish husband Neil prepare dinner for a familiar “crew” of guests – among them Neil’s best friend, the burly, handsome Mike Spender, an irrepressible heodnist – and Mike’s wife Tilda Krall, a hard-bitten figure who carries her dark unknowability like an accusation.

Mike and Tilda have produced an enchanting daughter, Addie – who will also appear, unexpectedly, that night. As they ready the meal, Rae begs Neil to retell her the strange, twisted story of the Spenders – to include Mike’s secret life, and what happened once Tilda learned of it. Neil and Rae cannot guess how the shock waves from that story will threaten to destroy their own marriage – after a mysterious catastrophe propels all five individuals into uncharted realities. [ Goodreads | Amazon ]

The Singles: A Novel by Meredith Goldstein
Upcoming Release Date:  April 24, 2012
Why I’m interested: Oh the drama of wedding etiquette. And it’s Goldstein’s debut!
Description from Amazon:  Bee wanted the perfect wedding; she got the “Singles”

Back in her single days—before she met the man of her dreams—Beth “Bee” Evans hated being forced to attend weddings solo. Determined to spare her friends the same humiliation, she invites everyone on her list with a guest. Much to her chagrin, however, Hannah, Vicki, Rob, Joe, and Nancy insist upon attending Bee’s lavish Chesapeake Bay nuptials alone. The frustrated bride dubs them the “Minus-Ones” and their collective decision wreaks unintended havoc on her otherwise perfectly planned wedding weekend.

One of today’s most popular relationship columnists, Meredith Goldstein, has penned a sparkling debut novel that chronicles the promises and disappointments of love and friendship with humor, compassion, and wisdom. [ Goodreads | Amazon ]

The Age of Miracles: A Novel by Karen Thompson Walker
Upcoming Release Date: June 26, 2012
Why I’m interested: I love coming of age stories. But this also has a futuristic/fantasy feel, which I don’t normally go for. Plus this is Walker’s debut novel!
Description from Amazon: On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life—the fissures in her parents’ marriage, the loss of old friends, the hopeful anguish of first love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues. [ Goodreads | Amazon ]

Where We Belong by Emily Giffin
Upcoming Release Date: July 31, 2012
Why I’m interested: Ever since Rachel made me read Something Borrowed, I’ve been a huge fan of Emily’s and read every single of her books. (SoBo is still my favorite; Baby Proof is second.)
Description from AmazonMarian Caldwell is a thirty-six year old television producer, living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and satisfying relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door . . . only to find Kirby Rose, an eighteen-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had sealed off forever. From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian’s perfectly constructed world—and her very identity—will be shaken to its core, resurrecting ghosts and memories of a passionate young love affair that threaten everything that has come to define her.

For the precocious and determined Kirby, the encounter will spur a process of discovery that ushers her across the threshold of adulthood, forcing her to re-evaluate her family and future in a wise and bittersweet light. As the two women embark on a journey to find the one thing missing in their lives, each will come to recognize that where we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves—a place that we may have willed ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever. [ Goodreads | Amazon ]
June 16, 2012 - 9:20 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - These all sound fantastic, but i’m especially excited to check out The Singles and Where We Belong. They have the summaries that stood out the most to me! Thanks for the post 🙂

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