New November Fiction
These new releases are all focused on relationships. Read about relationships with friends, strangers and even enemies in this mix of heartwarming, heart-pounding and lighthearted fiction. You can request a copy from the CLAMS catalog by clicking on the title or contact us for more suggestions!
1. The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg
Here’s an uplifting story of unlikely friendship. At one of his daily visits to his wife’s grave, Arthur meets a troubled teen who’s skipping school, Maddy. She nicknames Authur “Truluv” because of his kindness and devotion. Arthur’s neighbor Lucille joins the mix and through small acts of compassion they create a bond and find happiness.
“I dare you to read this novel and not fall in love with Arthur Truluv. His story will make you laugh and cry, and will show you a love that never ends, and what it means to be truly human.”—Fannie Flagg, author of The Whole Town’s Talking
2. The Library at the Edge of the World by Felicity Hayes-McCoy
In this U.S. debut a local librarian must find a way to rebuild her community and her own life. Driving her mobile library between villages of Ireland’s West Coast, Hanna Casey tries not to think about her past and her problems. Like finding her husband in bed with another woman, that she’s living in her overbearing mother’s retirement bungalow or her fear that she’s a focus of local gossip.
Hanna is determined to reclaim her independence by restoring a cottage she inherited from her great-aunt. When the threatened closure of the Lissbeg Library jeopardizes her plans, Hanna leads a battle to restore the heart and soul of the community.
“An appealing novel that will delight Maeve Binchy fans. There are plenty of good discussion points about the nature of community for book clubs and thoughtful readers.” —Library Journal
3. Heather, the Totality by Matthew Weiner
“Weiner’s award-winning writing and producing of such renowned television shows as The Sopranos and Mad Men is neatly evident in his quietly thrilling debut novel. Written in descriptive and illuminating scene-like snippets-though nearly free of dialogue-this one-sitting read concerns the eerily shared delusions of a privileged Manhattan family and a man who stalks the periphery of their lives…The sense of doom is sharply rendered, characters are well developed, and their motivations are finely wrought. Readers will hope for more book-form fiction from Weiner.”―Booklist
4. Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson
“Ellie Gabaroche desperately wants to attend Rayevich College, the only school that offers a major in science fiction literature. But her divorced parents have conflicting expectations: her mom wants her to follow the family’s military tradition, while her lawyer father envisions a college near home. Ellie, however, finds her own opportunity: a summer camp that holds an academic competition that awards winners a full Rayevich scholarship. When she’s accepted, Ellie pulls a Bunbury, the ruse employed in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, and heads for camp under an assumed name. The story mainly focuses on life at a supernerdy summer camp, replete with friendships, rivalries, and romance. Yet, as in Wilde’s play, complicated twists of identity ensue. Ellie also has personal identity issues to navigate as an African American in a racially mixed family and as an intellectual pulled toward military culture. Fans of Anderson’s debut novel, The Only Thing Worse than Me Is You, will recognize some characters and delight in the steady flow of witty banter and sci-fi references.”—Booklist
5. Now is Everything by Amy Giles
“From the outside, 17-year-old Hadley’s life seems perfect. She’s the disciplined captain of the lacrosse team, in the running for salutatorian, and applying to the same Ivy League university that her dad attended. What nobody knows is that between her dad’s brutal and uncompromising expectations and her mom’s neglect, Hadley is barely keeping it together. The only good thing about her family is her vivacious little sister, Lila, whom Hadley will do anything to protect. Enter Charlie, Hadley’s longtime crush. Without meaning to, the protagonist falls deeply in love, but leaning on her secret new boyfriend means leaning away from the sister who so desperately needs her protection from the violence of their family. Months later, Hadley is in the psychiatric ward of the hospital, the sole survivor of a plane crash that has destroyed her family. While she is tormented by the past and unsure how to live with her mistakes, a police investigation is circling ever closer to the truth. Unusual for angsty YA, the caring adults in Hadley’s life sense there is something amiss and repeatedly reach out to offer her support.”—Library Journal