The Fiction Fanatic

Article by Jeremy

Let’s face it. Real life is pretty overrated. Sometimes it can be hard to swallow all the pain and suffering that we see in the news every day. The only cure is often to escape into the wilds of a brilliant writer’s imagination. No one understands the need for a good story better than your friends at Brazos. Here’s a variety of our favorite new releases that are perfect any fiction fanatic on your shopping list.


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Burial Rites Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316243919
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little Brown and Company - September 10th, 2013

This suspenseful, atmospheric debut follows Agnes, a servant woman sent to an isolated Icelandic farm in 1829 to await execution for killing her former master. The family charged with her imprisonment and the young priest charged with her supernatural guidance first fear her, but soon realize that there is more to Agnes than first meets the eye.

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The Luminaries (Man Booker Prize for Fiction) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316074315
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Little Brown and Company - October 15th, 2013

With this epic novel of intrigue set in nineteenth-century New Zealand, Catton became the youngest-ever Booker Prize winner with the longest-ever winning novel. Walter Moody arrives at the New Zealand goldmines prepared to make his fortune, only to uncover a maddening mystery that, if solved, would lead to the discovery of an enormous fortune.

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ISBN: 9780316055437
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Little Brown and Company - October 22nd, 2013

This contemporary coming-of-age novel with shades of Charles Dickens follows a young man who tragically loses his mother in a terrorist attack on the Museum of Modern Art. This transfiguring event sets Theo Decker on a course that will lead him into the deepest reaches of the art underground, making this novel the perfect read for fans of suspense and art connoisseurs alike.

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ISBN: 9780374173265
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Fsg Originals - October 8th, 2013

Freeman, an enormously influential literary critic and the editor-in-chief of GRANTA, has been writing profiles on influential and talented novelists for many years. This book gathers together a variety of his best work. The pieces contained in this book are short, snappy, and surprising, which makes this the perfect bathroom or waiting-room book for avid readers and aspiring writers alike.

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ISBN: 9780393064650
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 7th, 2013

This collection of linked novellas from one of America’s finest prose stylists tells the tales of men and women on the northern Massachusetts coast for whom love has become ‘dirty’, or entangled with greed, desire, and fear. This book makes a powerful case for the reexamination of the novella, a form that marries the expansive reach of a novel to the hard-hitting concision of short fiction.

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By Kate Bernheimer (Editor)
ISBN: 9780143122425
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Published: Penguin Books - September 24th, 2013

Ancient myths continue to enthrall contemporary readers because of something universal in their structures that resonates with us even now. Bernheimer brings together acclaimed authors’ reworkings of beloved legends from all over the world in this unique anthology.

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ISBN: 9781619021822
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Counterpoint LLC - October 15th, 2013

This stunning, cohesive debut collection examines the hearts and minds of protagonists who use their relationships with the natural world in order to understand hard truths about life, love, and humanity. A young boy witnessing his parents’ dissolving marriage on an Arizona ostrich farm and a troubled young woman charged with the care of a super-intelligent octopus are just two of the colorful characters you will encounter in this powerful book.

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ISBN: 9780385534932
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Doubleday Books - September 10th, 2013

Lethem’s latest is an intimate look at several generations of a politically radical Brooklyn family. The novel centers on two incredible women, Rose and Miriam Zimmer, whose unabashed progressive views cast spells over the men in their lives. From 30s Communism to 60s Greenwich Village counterculture to the recent Occupy Wall Street movement, this novel brings the Left to life.

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ISBN: 9780385351232
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 8th, 2013

Baker’s latest is a clever and sophisticated take on PRIDE AND PREJUDICE; the Bennet family and their estate is given the Upstairs Downstairs treatment! Austen’s classic love story is deepened and complicated by Baker’s choice to shift the perspective onto the Bennet family’s servants, who are hardly seen in the original novel but seem to know more about each member of the Bennet family than Austen herself did.

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ISBN: 9780300186857
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Yale University Press - November 5th, 2013

Whether you’re brushing up on your cultural history or discovering all Western literature has to offer for the very first time, This LITTLE HISTORY is a great place to start. Sutherland is a friendly and idiosyncratic tour guide through a couple thousand years of literary history, providing readers with a breathless crash course in literature’s evolution that is sure to lead to more focused exploration.

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