The Best Fall Fiction at Brazos

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ISBN: 9781400062126
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Random House - May 13th, 2014

Set near Corpus Christi, Johnston’s suspenseful and moving first novel centers on the abduction of an eleven-year-old boy. Although he has been missing for years, his family has never given up hope…but nothing has ever prepared them for the news they receive one humid day. Though the family at the center of this book struggles, Johnston avoids melodrama by focusing on small details and quiet moments. Johnston visits Brazos on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 7PM.

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ISBN: 9780385538077
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Published: Doubleday Books - September 16th, 2014

In this voice-driven character study, a young woman gives up her baby at age seventeen and enters the workforce, rotating through a series of menial jobs and and an equal series of men. A coming-of-age story that reads like Sense and Sensibility for our sexually permissive era, Dallas author Merritt Tierce’s debut will make you think in new ways about the choices you made when young. Tierce signs LOVE ME BACK at Brazos on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 7PM.

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ISBN: 9780307956996
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 9th, 2014

Does James Ellroy, our greatest living crime novelist, still need an introduction? If so, PERFIDIA is the perfect place to begin. The uninitiated, intimidated by Ellroy’s sprawling works, will flip these action-packed pages eagerly, only afterward realizing that they’ve encountered a great historical novel, one that chronicles the effects of Pearl Harbor and Japanese-American internment on our nation’s psyche. More than merely crime novels, Ellroy’s books—this new one especially—are social panoramas. This master comes to visit Brazos on Monday, Oct. 6 at 7PM.

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ISBN: 9781594632518
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Published: Riverhead Books - August 14th, 2014

This evocative Gulf Coast novel presents a familiar world of sprawling subdivisions, gas stations, and high schools, over which hangs the constant threat of hurricanes. In this landscape, Steinke’s characters—including divorced and grieving parents, greedy real estate developers, and football players—find their way in the aftermath of an industrial accident. Steinke, a National Book Award-finalist for HOLY SKIRTS, grew up on the Gulf Coast and knows the landscape intimately. She’ll visit Brazos on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 7PM.

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ISBN: 9780802121646
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Grove Press - August 5th, 2014

This debut novel will resonate with anyone who yearns for images of 1950s America and the “big sky country” of Montana—but Brooks uses all that open space to tell an intensely personal story about a young archaeologist looking to make her name. Full of excitement and romance—and balanced between the past and the present—this book is an elegy for a disappearing way of life. Brooks comes to Brazos on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7PM.

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ISBN: 9781566893541
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - May 13th, 2014

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ISBN: 9781594488337
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 10th, 2014

An evening with two wonderful emerging authors and their revelatory works of fiction. With Faces in the Crowd, Luiselli delivers a novel about the writing process itself; with Land of Love and Drowning, Yanique submerges the reader in an epic family story that crosses the historical with the magical. Both novels investigate the ways in which the ghosts of the past blur with the demands of the present, written in prose so beautiful it nearly shimmers. Luiselli and Yanique appear at Brazos on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 7PM.

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ISBN: 9781571311078
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Milkweed Editions - March 11th, 2014

Short fiction lovers will want to get to know Murray Farish. In these nine stories, this debut author alternates between the calm and the shrill, the steady and the combustible. Sometimes he studies the absurdity of modern life: dog problems, children exhibiting abnormally bad behavior, and grown men crawling across parking lots. Elsewhere, he cuts a jagged line through recent American history—particularly the Kennedy assassination. Farish will read and sign at Brazos on Monday, Oct. 27 at 7PM.

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ISBN: 9780062286444
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Published: Ecco - May 27th, 2014

This wildly acclaimed debut focuses on hardscrabble life in Montana, where a social worker comes up against a recluse who, in his battle against the federal government, drills holes through U.S. currency. The ensuing conflict gestures at the contemporary Tea Party and survivalist movements, and how they potentially link to the dark underbelly of American life. Sure to become a classic, Henderson’s novel captures something vital about our contemporary moment. He will be at Brazos on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 7PM.

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