New Fiction Briefs

51eJO4rgNrL._AA160_The House of Special Purposes

By  John Boyne

An octogenarian haunted by his past makes one last journey to Russia where he remembers his youth in St. Petersburg at the czar’s Winter Palace and the bloody revolution that caused sweeping changes in his country and in his life.  By the author of  The Boy In the Striped Pajamas  and   The Absolutist.

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River Of Stars

By  Guy Gavriel Kay

This outstanding combination of history  and SF is set in China, near the end of the 12th Dynasty (1120 A.D.) The Author is known for meticulous research along with powerful, yet elegant prose. A compelling  story  with the sweep of  a James Michener saga. Even if you’ve avoided SF before,   take a chance… you won’t be disappointed!

51eJO4rgNrL._AA160_The Smart One

 By Jennifer Close

 

Weezy Coffey finds her empty nest unexpectedly crowded when her three adult children all move back home to Philadelphia.  Touchingly tender, emotionally honest novel that focuses  on intersections of self-discovery, independence and reliance in the modern family. By the author of the highly acclaimed and bestselling Girls In White Dresses,   this is a natural choice for fans of Jennifer Weiner

–Contributed by Staff Member Melanie Matt

About Avalon Free Public Library

Avalon is a bustling little shore town in southern NJ. Our small population of 1800 expands to about 30,000 at the height of summer. We like to think that we serve them all and then some! Our goal is to make our library available to our patrons wherever they may roam.

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