A Booker Prize finalist based on a true story, essays by Siri Hustvedt, an imaginative biography of John Miltone and more. Image
' Ballerinas , 'by Rachel Kapelke-Dale (St. Martin ' s, December 7)
In this first thriller, three dancers try to hide their secrets from the Ballet from the Paris Opera. Delphine is back in Paris after years in St. Petersburg, choreographing a new ballet and hoping to reconcile with her old friends, but their shared past threatens to overthrow the production. Image
Expect lots of Satirical and uncomfortably funny storylines for the characters in this collection, which range from a literary magazine assistant to a couple considering a threesome to a Bush administration lawyer. Image
' The Fortune Men , 'by Nadifa Mohamed (Knopf, December 14)
This novel tells the real story of a Somali sailor in Wales whowas falsely charged with murder. With this book, Mohamed became the first British Somali B writer preselected for the Booker Prize , and it stated in an interview that the writing of the novel, despite its tragic premise , was "cathartic ".
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' Garbo , 'by Robert Gottlieb (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Dec. 7)
A veteran writer for The New Yorker and Knopf tries to retrace the life of an actress known for her elusive character. Greta Garbo quit acting in her 30s and appeared in just 24 Hollywood films, all leaving a disproportionate influence. Gottlieb traces his life from his early years in the Stockholm working class to his final years as a "city hermit" in New York, and includes music videos from academics , co-stars and critics who offer new perspectives on her life. Image
An Oxford professor offers an imaginative phy biography of the 17th century poet who sets out to capture Milton 's" desire to escape time, to be eternally contemporary. "Readers learn about his adolescence, a crucial trip to Italy in which Milton met Galileo, and his later years, as well as Milton 's own influence on the author. Image
This new collection is inspired by Hustvedt 's ancestors, both literary and family. (The opening selection beginsthis: “My paternal grandmother was irritable, fat and dreadful. ") She talks about her intellectual ancestors, ruminates on the appeal of mentoring and perhaps most importantly, struggles with the peculiarities of motherhood. Image
' Twenty Years Later , 'by Charlie Donlea (Kensington, December 28)
Victoria, the mysterious character at the center of this literary thriller, was killed on September 11 while meeting his lawyer in one of the towers. She had been accused of killing her lover, and her case was mostly forgotten until some of her remains were discovered decades later. But discover itForcing you to recalculate with the truth, bringing in a journalist and a retired F.B.I. agent to reconsider the mystery uh. Image
' White on white , 'by Aysegul Savas (Riverhead, 7 December)
Graduate student moves to new city to study Gothic nudes, "an ambiguous subject, whose greatest challenge would be that of consciousness : seeing the naked human form as medieval did. His conversations with its owner, a painter named Agnes, range from artistic meditations to personal history, and the student's original field of study takes on a deeper dimension.
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