Best New Fiction is a monthly segment dedicated to highlighting the most interesting and noteworthy releases that will be published over the next thirty days.
As adults we tend to reminisce fondly about our childhoods, recalling our days of youth as a wonderful time that we took for granted. The reality of the situation however, is that the process of growing up pretty much sucks in just about every way imaginable. Here are five fictional boys that accurately represent how the transition from childhood to adulthood is a painful, awkward, heartbreaking ordeal.
Now that the season of summer blockbusters is approaching, we can’t help but think about all the wonderful books that would make for better silver screen adaptations than most of the summer flicks that are released these days. So just in case we have any followers that happen to be Hollywood movie producers, please consider these alternatives:
A Novel by Nicola Barker
2012 / 550 Pages
The Setup: The hilarious Man Booker-longlisted novel from the author of DARKMANS, Nicola Barker.
2006 is a foreign country; they do things differently there. Tiger Woods’ reputation is entirely untarnished and the English Defence League does not exist yet. Storm-clouds of a different kind are gathering above the bar of Luton’s less than exclusive Thistle Hotel. Among those caught up in the unfolding drama are a man who’s had cancer seven times, a woman priest with an unruly fringe, the troubled family of a notorious local fascist, an interfering barmaid with three E’s at A-level but a PhD in bullshit, a free-thinking Muslim sex therapist and his considerably more pious wife. But at the heart of every intrigue and the bottom of every mystery is the repugnantly charismatic Stuart Ransom – a golfer in free-fall.
Another week just flew right past us! Ready for another ten book related things? Did you get a lot of reading done? Us too.
Actually, we’re about to share a secret. Ready? We’re never quite sure what to write about in these opening paragraphs. Should we talk about the weather? Baseball? Books we like? We dunno. We’re stumpted. We do feel like having an introduction to this segment each week makes sense, but we’re less clear on how to actually write it. Thanks for reading though. Let’s move on.
This week Facebook decided it would try to trademark the word book, the shortlists for three different awards in three different countries were revealed, a book thief started serving his prison time, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling revealed some of the details behind her soon to be published adult novel, and the Barnes & Noble nook simple touch reader started glowing. As always, there’s more too!