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The Age of Miracles

A former editor at Simon & Schuster, Walker sparked a bidding war with this timely and engaging debut. Film rights have already been sold, and the buzz is growing for another entry in child-narrated fiction, which has done well of late (see Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close). This work demands inclusion in any "If You Liked The Hunger Games..." readers' advisory list or discussion and should have the same YA/adult, fiction/sf crossover appeal. [See Prepub Alert, 12/12/11.]

The Watch

The horror and futility of war—on both the battlefield and the home front—weave their way through this timely achievement. Recommended for fans of Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner and particularly for readers interested in international settings or military issues.


Highly recommended for all fiction enthusiasts, particularly those interested in Latin and South American issues; read with works like Marie Arana's Cellophane and Laura Restrepo's Delirium and No Place for Heroes. [See Prepub Alert, 9/11/11.]

A Partial History of Lost Causes

In her promising debut, Stanford Fellow and playwright duBois presents a tender tale, told with humor and honesty. An engrossing read with a historical twist and a dash of politics; point this one out to any contemporary fiction fan. [See Prepub Alert, 9/11/11.]

Running the Rift

Readers who do not shy away from depictions of violence will find this tale of social justice a memorable read, and those interested in coming-of-age stories set in wartime will want it as well. Highly recommended; readers who loved Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner will appreciate.

The Girl in the Blue Beret

Great crossover appeal for fans of the award-winning author, World War II fiction, and novels with French settings. Highly recommended.—Jenn B. Stidham, Houston Community Coll.-Northeast, TX

The Emperor's Body

This book veers between romance and political intrigue, but there is simply not enough here to interest readers in either camp. This work may find a limited audience among Francophiles and fans of historical fiction.

Salvation City

A good choice for all contemporary fiction readers. Fans of Cormac McCarthy's The Road will find similar themes of a near-future dystopia and the human capacity for redemption but wrapped in a lighter tone. For YA readers this could serve as an alternative to Pat Frank's Alas, Babylon or Walter M. Miller Jr.'s A Canticle for Leibowitz. Finally, fans of Robin Cook's and Michael Crichton's medical thrillers might appreciate this as a psychological examination of epidemic.

The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life

A brighter, more balanced vision of suburban life than is often found in fiction, this will appeal not only to fans of British fare but to any reader who enjoys contemporary fiction focusing on family relationships. Put this in the hands of any fortysomething patron who seems to be negotiating a midlife crisis and needs some gentle food for thought.

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