The Remedy for Love by Bill Roorbach (pub date October 2014). My copy of Roorbach's Life Among Giants from the 2012 Book Expo is still unread despite my having made a modest attempt to start it. So you wouldn't think that his latest would hold much attraction for me. And yet, it does. First off, I liked Roorbach when I met him. Algonquin is his publisher, and their authors have time to chat with the readers for whom they are signing (unlike Random House and MacMillan). Roorbach had a multitude of colorful bands on his arms, which I learned had been made for him by his daughter and that he was under strict orders not to take them off. The fact that he's a nice guy doesn't mean that he's a good writer, but the story of an odd couple who are thrown together to wait out the "Storm of the Century" grabs me for some reason.
As always, I came away with lots of thrillers, both by authors who are old favorites (Jeffrey Deaver, Chelsea Cain) and by some who might be added to the list. Although I hate the cover for Lacy Eye by Jessica Treadway, it's on my list. (The book will be out in spring 2015.) The plot line sounds somewhat reminiscent of Defending Jacob by William Landry (i.e., a crime occurs and a mother questions whether her daughter was involved or not). Nathan Filer's The Shock of the Fall (out now) also looks intriguing. It won the Costa Book of the Year Award (under the title Where the Moon Isn't). (This literary prize awards authors based in the UK and Ireland; previous winners include Hilary Mantel, Colm Toibin, and Kate Atkinson.) His background as a mental health nurse who's worked in a psych ward lends credibility to his book that is, in part, about a 19-year old who suffers from schizophrenia.
Update on other books I've mentioned: I finished Editor Buzz Book My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh. I loved the way that Walsh captured the voice of his 14-year old narrator as he tries to make sense of his feelings for Lindy Simpson, the girl he's been in love with since the day the Space Shuttle Challenger crashed. (This story was incredibly touching.) When Lindy is raped, the boys/men in their neighborhood become suspects, including our narrator. In general, I enjoyed Walsh's writing and the way he brought the story together. What I didn't like was his incorporation of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer into the story -- sort of a cautionary tale, sort of an analogy. It didn't work for me and made me lose my focus on the core story. Nonetheless, a very strong debut novel. Look for it in January 2015.
Time to get reading!