Dreamwalkers, Techies, & the Dakota | Fiction Previews, Dec. 2018

Barbash, Tom. The Dakota Winters. Ecco. Dec. 2018. 336p. ISBN 9780062258199. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062258236. LITERARY/HISTORICAL To recover from the malaria he contracted during Peace Corps service, Anton returns home to (of all places) New York City’s gilded Dakota apartment building, where he gets caught up in the efforts of his father, late-night host Buddy Winter, to reignite a cooling career. At first glance beautifully written, and Barbash (The Last Good Chance, Stay Up with Me) is an award winner. With a 75,000-copy first printing. Boone, Ezekiel. The Mansion. Emily Bestler: Atria. Dec. 2018. 432p. ISBN 9781501165504. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501165528. HORROR Having completely creeped us out with the “Hatching” series, Boone shows us that humans (and their technology) can be just as scary as spiders. Shawn Eagle and Billy Stafford parted ways long ago, and Shawn is now a multi-billion-dollar tech success, interested in resurrecting their old computer program Nellie, which they hoped could control a house’s every function. But the newly installed Nellie seems to be wreaking bloody havoc. Goodkind, Terry. Siege of Stone: Sister of Darkness (The Nicci Chronicles, Bk. 3). Dec. 2018. 576p. ISBN 9781250194763. $31.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250194787. FANTASY As the third book in Goodkind's New York Times best-selling “Nicci Chronicles” opens, sorceress Nicci, wizard Nathan Rahl, and young swordsman Bannon remain in the city of Ildakar, where the powerful wizards council has been brought down and the slaves freed. But a fleeing wizard has undone the petrification spell that stopped an invading army in its tracks, and the resulting battle could spread beyond Ildakar. Novak, Brenda. Before We Were Strangers. Mira: Harlequin. Dec. 2018. 384p. ISBN 9780778368755. $26.99; 368p. ISBN 9780778369943. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488082979. WOMEN’S FICTION Sloane McBride’s parents sounded like a tornado coming through when they fought, but after one particularly stormy night, ending in a big thump, Sloane gets up to find her mother gone. Years later, far from her Texas home, she still wonders what really happened—is her father not just mean but murderous?—and she decides to uncover the truth. From a five-time RITA nominee; with a 10,000-copy hardcover and 80,000-copy paperback first printing. Schulman, Helen. Come with Me. Harper. Nov. 2018. 320p. ISBN 9780062459138. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062459152. LITERARY On-the-side Stanford junior and full-charging tech startup genius, Danny has devised an algorithm aimed at letting people access their “multiverses,” the realms where their life choices play out differently. Now he wants to test it on PR part-timer Amy Reed , whose out-of-work journalist husband is taking a risk of his own by traveling with glamorous photographer Maryam to meltdown-stressed Fukushima. Following the New York Times best-selling This Beautiful Life; with a 40,000-copy first printing. Winston, Lolly. Me for You. Touchstone. Dec. 2018. 288p. ISBN 9781501179129. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501179143. FAMILY A widower at 54 and downsized from his finance job to boot, Rudy returns to his first love, the piano, and finds happiness playing the piano at Nordstrom’s. He’s also finding happiness with watch clerk Bella, who’s dumping her deadbeat husband, but then the police report back with information about the murder of Rudy’s wife and start looking at him more critically. From the New York Times best-selling author of Good Grief. Yan Lianke. The Day the Sun Died. Grove. Dec. 2018. 320p. tr. from Chinese by Carlos Rojas. ISBN 9780802128539. $26. LITERARY Twice short-listed for the Man Booker International Prize and recent winner of the Franz Kafka Prize for his entire oeuvre, Yan claimed China’s prestigious Dream of the Red Chamber Award for this novel, set in a mountaintop village. There, 14-year-old Li Niannian is alarmed to see villagers walking the streets at night as if the sun hasn’t set and acting out desires they would normally smother. Can he and his parents keep these dreamwalkers from reaching a point of no return?    

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