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Posted on Feb 14, 2017 in Category Spotlight, What We're Reading Now

This Week’s Spotlight Fiction

This week has some fabulous debuts, great historical fiction, and a little bit of speculative and science fiction to round things off. Here’s our guide to the week’s best new fiction.

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Lincoln in the Bardo is perhaps the most anticipated book of the season. It’s the first novel from George Saunders, whose short stories have earned well-deserved acclaim. Centered around an actual event (the death of President Lincoln’s eleven-year-old son Willie during the first year of the Civil War) and narrated by a chorus of spirits, the novel is a brilliant, imaginative, supernatural story of love and loss.
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Gilded Cage by Vic James

Gilded Cage is the intriguing debut from author Vic James. Set in an England that’s ruled by Equals, magically gifted aristocrats, it reads like a darkly fantastical Downton Abbey. All commoners must serve the Equals for ten years. That includes Abi and her brother Luke, who are servants to the country’s most powerful family. But Luke has dreams of revolution. The book is the first in a trilogy, so be ready for the next installment in just six months!
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The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan

Jennifer Ryan’s debut novel The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir follows the women of the English village of Chilbury who form an uncommon bond while the men are away fighting in World War II. Defying the Vicar’s order that they dismantle the choir, the Chilbury Ladies’ Choir carries on. This charming novel follows five of the members as they face their own home-front struggles of romance, scandal, life and death.
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Will Save the Galaxy for Food by Yahtzee Croshaw

Will Save the Galaxy for Food is good, space-travelling, galaxy-hopping, universe-saving fun from Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw, the comedic writer known for his video game review series, Zero Punctuation. Check out the hilarious science fiction adventure about a space hero in a time when space heroes aren’t needed anymore.
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