January’s New Release Round-Up

January 10, 2010 | One Comment

Other books of interest being released this month, along with the Tyler (reviewed below), include The Unnamed, Joshua Ferris’s second novel after his wonderful Then We Came to the End (2007), about a man inflicted by an insatiable urge to walk, and keep walking. For those mourning the end of the Rebus detective series by Scottish author Ian Rankin, his stand-alone thriller, Doors Open, may provide some consolation. The latest contribution to the growing list of books with literary connections, is Becoming Jane Eyre by Sheila Kohler, a fictionalized account of Charlotte Bronte’s emergence as one of the most lauded writers of her day. I’m particularly interested in this novel, being both a Bronte fan, and (full disclosure) having been fortunate enough to work with Kohler. Another release containing corsetry and associated insidious forms of feminine constriction, is Remarkable Creatures, the fictionalized account of Mary Anning, a nineteenth century fossil hunter and scientist (“she sells sea shells by the sea shore….” yes, her), penned by Tracy Chevalier. And finally, Elizabeth Kostova, author of The Historian (2005, a vampire novel so huge and complex I think I may still be reading it but I’m not sure…), has produced a second tome, of comparable girth, entitled The Swan Thieves. According to its (plush) accompanying marketing material, a tale of obsession and tortured genius, starring artists and psychiatrists – which I assume, will trigger multiple sales. It’s safe to say it’s unlikely I’ll have digested all this new material come February, let alone reviewed it. What I can say, however, is that Chevalier’s book has the prettiest cover…

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