fiction http://wamc.org en "The Preservationist" By Justin Kramon http://wamc.org/post/preservationist-justin-kramon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.justinkramon.com/">Justin Kramon</a> is a Philadelphia-based writer whose first novel was <em>Finny</em> and who’s latest is <em>The Preservationist</em>. The popular novel is about a thrilling love triangle that takes place between three college students.</p><p><em>The Preservationist</em> stars Julia, a damaged young woman who finds herself in the sights of two men, one a fellow college student, the other older and an employee of a restaurant she frequents. So, the big question – which one is the psycho.</p><p>Kramon has also taught at several universities, including Haverford and Arcadia.</p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 93411 at http://wamc.org "The Preservationist" By Justin Kramon The Book Show #1347 - Emma Donoghue http://wamc.org/post/book-show-1347-emma-donoghue <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In her bestseller <em>Room</em>, writer <a href="http://www.emmadonoghue.com/">Emma Donoghue</a> imagined what life would be like for a little boy born into captivity, to a mother who'd been kidnapped and sexually assaulted.</p><p>And in her new novel, <em>Frog Music</em>, she's imagined a possible solution to a very real murder, one that took place in California in 1876. That crime was never solved. But Emma Donoghue has gone through historical records to write what might have happened.</p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 19:06:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 90080 at http://wamc.org The Book Show #1347 - Emma Donoghue "Tenth Of December" By George Saunders http://wamc.org/post/tenth-december-george-saunders <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.georgesaundersbooks.com/">George Saunders’</a> <em>Tenth of December</em> was named one of the best books of last year by <em>The New York Times Magazine</em>, <em>NPR</em>, <em>Entertainment Weekly</em>, <em>New York</em>, <em>Kirkus Reviews</em>, <em>BookPage</em>, <em>Shelf Awareness</em>, and <em>People</em>. It was a National Book Award finalist and won the <a href="http://www.thefolioprize.com/">Folio prize</a>.</p><p>The collection of short stories scriven in Saunder’s signature sportive and startling style is now available in paperback.</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 87708 at http://wamc.org "Tenth Of December" By George Saunders "The Invention Of Wings: A Novel" By Sue Monk Kidd http://wamc.org/post/invention-wings-novel-sue-monk-kidd <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In <em>The Invention of Wings</em>, Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.</p><p>Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid.</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 85487 at http://wamc.org "The Invention Of Wings: A Novel" By Sue Monk Kidd The Book Show #1337 - Isabel Allende http://wamc.org/post/book-show-1337-isabel-allende <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Chilean writer, <a href="http://www.isabelallende.com/">Isabel Allende</a>, has written her first murder-mystery.</p><p><em>Ripper</em> takes place in San Francisco and centers on Amanda, a teen sleuth hooked on crime novels and online games. When a rash of killings strikes the city and her mother disappears, she takes it upon herself to investigate.</p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 84863 at http://wamc.org The Book Show #1337 - Isabel Allende "Good Kings, Bad Kings" By Susan Nussbaum http://wamc.org/post/good-kings-bad-kings-susan-nussbaum <p></p><p></p><p>Proclaimed by the Chicago Tribune as a joy for readers-Susan Nussbaum’s made her debut as the 2012 winner of Barbra King Solver’s Pen Bellwether prize, for socially engaged fiction.</p><p>Inspired by Nussbaum’s personal experiences and told in alternating perspectives by a varied and vocal cast of characters, <em>Good Kings, Bad Kings</em>, pulls back the curtain to reveal the complicated life inside the walls of an institution for young adults with disabilities.</p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 16:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 79143 at http://wamc.org "Good Kings, Bad Kings" By Susan Nussbaum "Fear Nothing" By Lisa Gardner http://wamc.org/post/fear-nothing-lisa-gardner <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thriller writer </span><a href="http://www.lisagardner.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Lisa Gardner</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is back with her </span>21st<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> novel and the eighth crime book featuring Detective DD Warren.</span></p><p>Her latest, <em>Fear Nothing</em>, focuses on two sisters – one a successful therapist, Doctor Adeline Glen, who suffers from congenital analgesia (she can’t feel pain), the other, Shana Day, a serial killer serving time in prison for multiple murders.</p><p>As daughters of mass murderer Harry Day, they now have to join forces to help DD catch a predator copying their late father’s modus operandi.</p><p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 15:50:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 81263 at http://wamc.org "Fear Nothing" By Lisa Gardner Best Of 2013 - Fiction - Meg Wolitzer's "The Interestings" http://wamc.org/post/best-2013-fiction-meg-wolitzers-interestings <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Our interview with Meg Wolitzer originally aired on The Book Show. The episode is online <a href="http://wamc.org/post/book-show-1292-meg-wolitzer">here</a>.</p><p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 15:05:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 80647 at http://wamc.org Best Of 2013 - Fiction - Meg Wolitzer's "The Interestings" Sara Paretsky  http://wamc.org/post/sara-paretsky <p>In&nbsp;<em>Critical Mass</em>, private investigator V.I. Warshawski is asked by her closest friend Lotty for urgent help. Lotty lost most of her family in the Holocaust, and escaped to London in 1939 on the Kindertransport with a childhood playmate.</p><p>When Kitty’s daughter finds her life to be suddenly in danger, she calls Lotty, who, in turn, summons V.I. to aid them.</p><p><a href="http://www.saraparetsky.com">Sara Paretsky</a>&nbsp;is the author of nineteen books, the most recent of which was&nbsp;<em>Critical Mass</em>. Paretsky was named 2011 Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America and she joins us this morning.</p><p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 76167 at http://wamc.org Sara Paretsky  “Let It Burn” By Steve Hamilton http://wamc.org/post/let-it-burn-steve-hamilton <p><em>&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>Let it&nbsp;Burn </em>is the&nbsp;newest novel in the acclaimed Alex McKnight series by&nbsp;two-time Edgar award-winner and&nbsp;New York Times&nbsp;bestselling author <a href="http://www.authorstevehamilton.com">Steve Hamilton</a>.</p><p>Even though Alex McKnight swore to serve and protect Detroit as a police officer, a trip to Motown these days is a trip to a past he’d just as soon forget. The city will forever remind him of his partner’s death and of the bullet still lodged in his own chest. So he’s more than happy to stay in the little town of Paradise, three hundred miles and half a lifetime away.</p><p>When the sergeant invites Alex downstate to have a drink for old times’ sake, it’s an offer he would normally refuse. However, there’s a certain female FBI agent he can’t stop thinking about, so he gets in his truck and he goes back to Detroit. While there, he’s reminded of something about that last case, a seemingly small piece of the puzzle that he never got to share. It’s not something anyone wants to hear, but Alex can’t let go of this gut feeling that they arrested the wrong man.</p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 75982 at http://wamc.org “Let It Burn” By Steve Hamilton