There are always great new books at the Bethlehem Area Public Library to explore! Here are just a few new selections you’ll be able to find at the BAPL in the fiction section.
Do your literary interests include historical fiction, scandal, secrets, and murders? If so, this new novel by Lauren Willig may just be for you. This story follows Annabelle and Bayard Van Duyvil, a couple that moves to New York after having a whirlwind romance in London. This charming couple from the Gilded Age may seem to be living in a fanciful dream, but in reality, there are quite a few secrets going on between them. Annabelle may or may not be having an affair with the architect of their new home, but rumors like this one are all hearsay until Bayard is murdered and Annabelle goes missing, presumed dead. Everything from this point on in the story turns into chaos. Janie, Bayard’s sister, decides to find out what really happened to this fateful couple but soon learns that her brother and his wife weren’t all that they made themselves out to be.
Red Clocks is a sweeping new feminist novel by Leni Zumas that follows five women living in an America where abortion and in-vitro fertilization is illegal and every embryo has the right to life, liberty, and property. Their stories intertwine as each deal with these laws in different ways: Ro is a teacher that wants to have a baby on her own, Eivor is a 19th century polar explorer, Susan is a mother in a disintegrating marriage, Mattie is a student of Ro’s that finds herself pregnant, and Gin is a forest-dweller that somehow brings all of these women together when she is accused of being a modern-day witch. How will their stories come together? You’ll never know until you pick up this book and find out for yourself.
In a post-nuclear-war world, Lynn McBride finds herself caught up in a society that is trying to survive in the cold, snowy territories of Yukon, Canada. At first she is simply occupied with trying to survive in the elements: learning how to hunt, trap, and kill to survive. Soon, however, her small community is interrupted by a figure that comes in the form of a man named Jax. Jax sets Lynn on a path that changes her life and possibly the lives of those around her. In a tale of survival and destiny, readers are thrown right alongside Lynn McBride into the cold, relentless journey she faces in this new novel.
The Immmortalists by Chloe Benjamin has taken the literary fiction world by storm, and for good reason. This novel, a mix of historical fiction and fantasy, follows four characters that stumble upon a traveling psychic in 1969 New York City. From this woman, the four receive mystical fortunes, and possibly, sneak peeks into their destinies. Over the next 50 years, each of these characters go after their fortunes: Simon searches for love in 1980s San Francisco, Klara becomes a fantasy-obsessed magician in Las Vegas, Daniel pursues the position of army doctor post-9/11, and Varya finds herself researching the relationship between science and immortality—how one might achieve eternal life with the help of modern technology. Soon readers will see how each of these people’s fortunes influenced their lives—for the good, and for the bad.
This blog post was written by Moravian College intern Jen Khawam