Welcome to November readers! This month we’re commemorating our favorite authors, we’re celebrating young readers, we’re in the spirit of thanks, and we’re also working on our own writing! Though the temps are decreasing—which thankfully beckons for super-cozy sweaters and hot cider—we’re keeping warm with a crop of new paperback releases. So, here’s what we’re getting into this month.
It’s the 40th anniversary of the famously scandalous and jaw-dropping novel FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC. After all these years, this novel still manages to stun us and keep us turning the page. The first of the Dollanganger series, this novel centers on Cathy, Chris, Cory, and Carrie—siblings who are locked in their grandmother’s attic by their superstitious mother. What happens in the attic reverberates over decades and generations and is told over the course of many books.
Traveling by air this holiday season? No? Stephen King’s ELEVATION will get you off the ground. In this book, set in our favorite fictional town, Castle Rock, the citizens put aside their differences to help a resident with a strange affliction. A surprisingly upbeat novel, this story of hope and a small town coming together will surely lift your spirits!
For fans of THE AGE OF MIRACLES, Karen Thompson Walker’s latest novel, THE DREAMERS, delivers a similar ethereal vibe as her previous one. When a number of citizens of an isolated college town fall asleep and don’t wake up, the town descends into chaos as they scramble to figure out what is happening with their sleeping neighbors. Yet as they’re having heightened dreams, could this state of consciousness be a new possibility of human life?
A unique domestic thriller, RUN AWAY is about a father who’s desperate to save his daughter from a drug addiction, an abusive boyfriend, and homelessness. When he sees her playing music on the streets of NYC, he approaches her only for her to flee. The father ends up chasing his daughter into a dark and dangerous world he never knew of—a life he would have never imagined for his daughter.
This beautiful historical novel of loss, love, and grief has a compelling mystery at its core. After the Great War, Edie’s husband, Francis, has not come home and is presumed dead. But Francis’s brother Harry is questioning his memory on the battlefield alongside him: did he really die of his gunshot wounds or could he be out there without memory, trying to find his way home? Edie’s and Harry’s paths converge as they search for answers and are forced to face life-shattering truths.
At long last in paperback, QUEENIE is a fun and unexpectedly profound novel about putting your life back together. After a messy breakup with her long-term boyfriend, Queenie Jenkins’s life is careening out of control—she’s looking for love in all the wrong places, she’s struggling at work, and even her personal and familial relationships are suffering. At rock bottom, Queenie is forced to ask herself, “What are you doing? Why are you doing it? Who do you want to be?” A remarkable exploration of what it means to be a modern woman searching for meaning in today’s society, QUEENIE is a must-read and timely novel.