This Just In: Fiction

Seven Brand-New Fiction Titles from ABC Amsterdam*:

* The last titles our very dear Hester tipped me, before she heads off on her grand non-ABC-adventure starting Thursday.  Hester, you’ll be very much missed by everyone in Amsterdam and in Den Haag.  Check back in with us often!


The Wild Things – Dave Eggers
Loosely based on Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, Eggers’s novel follows the confusions of a boy, Max, making his way in a world he can’t control. During a fight at home, Max flees to the island of the Wild Things and becomes their king. But the Wild Things want as much from him as he wants from them.  Paperback edition.

Day out of Days: Stories – Sam Shepard
From one of nation’s most acclaimed and inimitable writers comes a collection of tales set mainly in the fertile imaginative landscape of the West, written with the terse lyricism, cinematic detail, and wry humor that have become Shepard’s trademarks.

Infinities – John Banville
One long, languid midsummer’s day, the Godleys gather at the family home of Arden to attend their father’s bedside. Adam, the elder child, and Petra, only nineteen, find that relations with their stepmother, Ursula, and their dying father, old Adam, are as strained as ever.

American Rust – Philipp Meyer
An American voice reminiscent of Steinbeck – a debut novel on friendship, loyalty, and love, centering on a murder in a dying Pennsylvania steel town.

The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them – Elif Batuman
“The Possessed must be one of the funniest books ever written about Russian litarature or gard school. Sometimes you’re so amused that you can almost overlook the envy-inducing naturalness and smarts of Elif Batuman’s prose. To call her one of the best writers of her generation is only stating the obvious.” – Benjamin Kunkel

The Little Stranger – Sarah Waters
In a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, its owners – mother, son and daughter – struggling to keep pace. But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life? Little does Dr Faraday know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become entwined with his.  Paperback edition.

The Owl Killers – Karen Maitland
England, 1321. Deep in the heart of countryside lies an isolated village governed by a sinister regime of Owl Masters – theirs is a pagan world of terror and blackmail, where neighbour denounces neighbour and sin is punishable by murder. This dark status quo is disturbed by the arrival of a house of religious women, who establish a community outside the village. Why do their crops succeed when village crops fail; their cattle survive despite the plague? But petty jealousy turns deadly when the women give refuge to a young martyr. For she dies a gruesome death after spitting the sacramental host into flames that can’t burn it – what magic is this? Or is the martyr now a saint and the host a holy relic? Accusations of witchcraft and heresy run rife while the Owl Masters rain down hellfire and torment on the women, who must look to their faith to save them from the lengthening shadow of Evil … a shadow with predatory, terrifying talons.