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

Is it strange that March sped by faster than February when it is a longer month? I can’t believe we are already four months into the year. It doesn’t mean I’m not thrilled because I am! Warmer weather will be here in New York very soon, and life seems a bit more joyous when that occurs. Skirts without tights, flats without tights, and a jean jacket. Anyway, a new month also means some new 2012 adult fiction releases! Anybody read anything I need to get my hands on? Make sure you let me know in the comments!

Calico Joe by John Grisham (Goodreads | Amazon)
Release Date: April 10, 2012
Amazon Description: Whatever happened to Calico Joe?  It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a twenty-one-year-old named Joe Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz. In the summer of 1973 Joe Castle was the boy wonder of baseball, the greatest rookie anyone had ever seen.  The kid from Calico Rock, Arkansas dazzled Cub fans as he hit home run after home run, politely tipping his hat to the crowd as he shattered all rookie records. Calico Joe quickly became the idol of every baseball fan in America, including Paul Tracey, the young son of a hard-partying and hard-throwing Mets pitcher. On the day that Warren Tracey finally faced Calico Joe, Paul was in the stands, rooting for his idol but also for his Dad. Then Warren threw a fastball that would change their lives forever…
Why I’m interested: I am a sucker for a baseball book.

A Gift for My Sister: A Novel by Ann Pearlman (Goodreads | Amazon)
Release Date: May 1, 2012
Amazon Description: Tara and Sky share a mother, but aside from that they seem to differ in almost every way. When a series of tragedies strikes, they must somehow come together in the face of heartbreak, dashed hopes, and demons of the past. The journey they embark on forces each woman to take a walk in the other’s shoes and examine what sisterhood really means to them. It’s a long road to understanding, and everyone who knows them hopes these two sisters can find a way back to each other.
Why I’m interested: This one sounds like a tearjerker but I do find myself to like books about sisters, being I’m one myself.

The Jane Austen Marriage Manual by Kim Izzo (Goodreads | Amazon)
Release Date: May 22, 2012
Amazon Description: Katherine Shaw—Kate— is happy with her life. She has supportive friends, a glamorous magazine career, and a love of all things Jane Austen. But when she loses her job, her beloved grandmother falls ill and a financial disaster forces a sale on the family home, Kate finds herself facing a crisis that would test even the most stalwart of Austen heroines.  Friends rally round, connecting her to freelance gigs, and presenting her with a birthday gift— title to land in Scotland—that’s about to come in very handy. Turns out that Kate’s first freelance assignment is to test an Austen-inspired theory: in the toughest economic times is a wealthy man the only must-have accessory? What begins as an article turns into an opportunity as Kate—now Lady Kate—jet-sets to Palm Beach, St Moritz and London where, in keeping company with the elite, she meets prospects who make Mr. Darcy look like an amateur. But will rubbing shoulders with men of good fortune ever actually lead her to love? And will Kate be able to choose between Mr. Rich and Mr. Right?
Why I’m interested: A trip, a writer, and Jane Austen. Perfect!

Little Night by Luanne Rice (Goodreads | Amazon)
Release Date: June 5, 2012
Amazon Description: Clare Burke’s life took a devastating turn when she tried to protect her sister, Anne, from an abusive and controlling husband and ended up serving prison time for assault. The verdict largely hinged on Anne’s defense of her spouse—all lies—and the sisters have been estranged ever since. Nearly twenty years later, Clare is living a quiet life in Manhattan as an urban birder and nature blogger, when her niece, Grit, turns up on her doorstep. The two long for a relationship with each other, but they’ll have to dig deep into their family’s difficult past in order to build one. Together they face the wounds inflicted by Anne and find in their new connection a place of healing. When Clare begins to suspect her sister might be in New York, she and her niece hold out hope for a long-awaited reunion with her.
Why I’m interested: I’m a fan of reading Luanne Rice on vacation, and while this one seems to be on the heavy side, seems like something I would throw in my beach bag for sure.

The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty ( Goodreads | Amazon)
Release Date: June 14, 2012
Amazon Description: Ellen O’Farrell is a bit unusual. She’s a hypnotherapist. She’s never met her father. And she can’t seem to keep a relationship going (okay, that’s more normal that we want to admit). When Ellen meets Patrick, she’s hopeful nevertheless. But when he says he needs to tell her something, she fears the worst. However, when Patrick reveals that his ex-girlfriend is stalking him, Ellen thinks, Is that all? Actually, that’s kind of neat. She’s more intrigued than frightened. What makes a supposedly smart, professional woman behave this way? She’d love to meet her. What she doesn’t know is that she already has.
Why I’m interested: Reminds me of an adult version of The Stalker Chronicles which I just reviewed & finished!

June 16, 2012 - 11:10 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - The Jane Austen Marriage Manual sounds absolutely fantastic! Definitely want to read that one for sure.

April 8, 2012 - 12:08 am

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April 5, 2012 - 11:55 am

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Great list! Added The Jane Austen Marriage Manual to my TBR list! I love all things Jane Austen, and this book looks like a good one.

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