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What happens when you've done everything right, but you still can't get by? That's one of the questions Barbara Kingsolver probes in her new novel, Unsheltered. She talked to Goodreads about weaving together the present and past to tell the story of two families living through different moments of American cultural crisis.
The year is 1940, and Juliet Armstrong is on the trail of Nazi collaborators. Juliet isn't some MI5 femme fatale; the protagonist of Transcription, a new novel by Kate Atkinson, is just an 18-year-old girl who writes up surveilled sessions between fascist sympathizers. But though she's a minor cog in the war effort among the secret agents, she's soon pulled into bigger things.
Just as her bestselling All Souls trilogy is being adapted for television, Deborah Harkness returns to the world of vampires and witches with Time's Convert. Goodreads talked to the history professor about researching her fantasies, writing a "sequely-prequely thing," and why she's never read Dracula.
After focusing on marriage thrillers with The Couple Next Door and A Stranger in the House, Canadian author Shari Lapena is expanding her list of suspects in the puzzle mystery An Unwanted Guest. She spoke with Goodreads about finding the confidence to write thrillers and her advice for would-be novelists.
In Ruth Ware's previous mysteries—The Woman in Cabin 10, In a Dark, Dark Wood, and The Lying Game—women find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. For her new book, The Death of Mrs. Westaway, she says, "I wanted to write about someone who…deliberately walks into a situation and sets out to commit a crime."
"So much of my process is to take a social model, take somebody's fantasy about how the world should be, fulfill it, and then run it so that its flaws start to show, and then keep running it so that it starts to fall apart," says Chuck Palahniuk, who talked to Goodreads about his extreme research for Adjustment Day.
Christopher Moore writes absurdist fiction and satirical comic fantasy, but the labels really don't do him justice. Moore's latest novel, Noir, follows the adventures of Sammy "Two Toes" Tiffin, a part-time bartender and good-hearted grifter bouncing around San Francisco circa 1947.
Author Meg Wolitzer's new novel, The Female Persuasion, seems perfectly timed for 2018, with themes including sexual harassment, student activism, and female mentors. "The truth is, these are things I have been thinking about and have been in the world and in the air for a very long time," she says.
Chloe Benjamin's sweeping second novel begins in 1969 as a psychic tells four young siblings the date of their deaths—prophecies that will inform their next fifty years. Benjamin talked to Goodreads about fate, free will, and magic.
Author Josiah Bancroft had an idea for a quirky fantasy novel set in the 19th century. Instead of trying to find a publisher, he self-published Senlin Ascends and worked hard to grow a dedicated fanbase around the novel. Now his novel has been picked up by a major publisher as part of a multi-book deal. Bancroft talks about his slow-burn success.
Actress and author Lauren Graham's Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between) took home his year's Goodreads Choice Award for Humor. Graham tells us about her writing process, her book club, and the best life advice she can offer.
Fresh off the series finale of HBO's adaptation of The Leftovers, Perrotta is back with a look at sex and midlife second-guessing. "I'm very interested in sex and the way that ideas about sex and what's permissible keep changing. So the fun of the book is to take a middle-aged person and plunge them into what is a youthful world of dating and sex," he says.
After her bestselling debut, Behind Closed Doors, the mystery writer is back with her second novel. She confesses that until recently she'd kept her literary success a secret—even from her closest friends.