The Circus in WinterCathy Day
(Harcourt · hardcover · $23)
Many of these finely crafted stories revolve around circus life in a small Indiana town in the late 1800s and early 1900s. According to advance readers, Day, who grew up among circus folk herself, injects a lot of beauty and authenticity into her debut collection.
The Half BrotherLars Saabye Christensen
(Arcade · hardcover · $27)
By most accounts, Christensen has delivered a complex dynastic novel covering several decades in the history of an Oslo family. A dense, ambitious but enjoyably readable literary novel.
She Smiled SweetlyMary-Ann Tirone Smith
(Henry Holt · hardcover · $25)
This is the third Smith mystery starring FBI agent Poppy Rice. She Smiled Sweetly has Rice tracing connections from a pregnant corpse discovered in Boston Harbor all the way to the highest echelons of political power in the nation's capital.
Welcome to Lizard Motel: Children, Stories and the Mystery of Making Things UpBarbara Feinberg
(Beacon Press · hardcover · $23)
Feinberg's son hated most of the books assigned to him in school, so she decided to read a bunch of them herself. She soon discovered that the books mainly told morose tales designed to expose children to the cruelties of real life. Welcome to Lizard Motel is Feinberg's polemic examining our culture's disturbing ideas about the nature of childhood.