New Fiction

Summer 2017

The Rusted Sun by Michael ZimmerThe Rusted Sun  
Zimmer, Michael
Call Number: FICTION ZIMM
2017
Half-frozen and nearly dead, Gil Ryan, who had lost everything he owned except for his mount and the clothes on his back rode into the little mountain town of Larkspur just ahead of a raging late-winter blizzard. But Gil had no way of knowing the surrounding Ensillado Basin was about to be plunged into a range war, or that the man who had murdered his brother the previous fall, was also in the Ensillado. Forced into a war he doesn't want he assembles a ragtag army of reluctant townspeople and local homesteaders and sets out to bring order to the town of Larkspur and the basin surrounding it. But there's more at play in the Ensillado than Gil originally realized. Soon he finds himself in the battle of his life, the stakes a kindly doctor's loyalty, a widow's promise of love, and a chance to bring his brother's killer to justice … assuming the town doesn't turn on him when the bullets start to fly.
Turkish Delight by Jan WolkersTurkish Delight  
Wolkers, Jan
Call Number: FICTION WOLK
2017
Upon its original publication in 1969, Turkish Delight was a sensation and a scandal. Its graphic language and explicit sex scenes had an explosive effect, but just as revolutionary was its frank, colloquial style. The more straightlaced critics condemned the book, but readers saw a novel that reflected the way that they spoke, thought, and felt.Turkish Delight opens with a screed: a sculptor in his studio, raging against the love he lost and describing, in gory detail, the state of his life since she left him. Our narrator alternates between the story of his relationship with Olga--its passion and affection, but also its obsessiveness and abuse--and the dark days that followed, as he attempts to recapture what they had when they lived together, "happy as beasts." The two only reunite during Olga's inexorable and tragic decline into cancer--the chemo having taken her hair and rotted her teeth, she will only eat the soft, sweet Turkish Delight that her ex-lover brings to her bedside.In a new translation by Sam Garrett (Herman Koch's The Dinner), readers get a sense of Wolkers's revolutionary style and musical prose, Turkish Delight's particular balance of naked impulse and profound longing.Tin House Books gratefully acknowledges the support of the Dutch Foundation for Literature, whose generous subsidy made this new translation possible.
After the Blue Hour : a true fiction by John RechyAfter the Blue Hour : a true fiction  
Rechy, John
Call Number: FICTION RECH
2017
Fleeing a turbulent life in Los Angeles, twenty-four-year-old writer John Rechy accepts an invitation to a private island from an admirer of his work. There, he joins Paul, his imposing host in his late thirties, his beautiful mistress, and his precocious teenage son. Browsing Paul's library and conversing together on the deck about literature and film during the spell of evening's "blue hour," John feels surcease, until, with unabashed candor, Paul shares intimate details of his life. Through cunning seductive charm, he married and divorced an ambassador's daughter and the heiress to a vast fortune. Avoiding identifying his son's mother, he reveals an affinity for erotic "dangerous games." With intimations of past decadence and menace, an abandoned island nearby arouses tense fascination over the group. As "games" veer toward violence, secrets surface in startling twists and turns. Explosive confrontation becomes inevitable.
The Dog Who Was There : a novel  by Ron MarascoThe Dog Who Was There : a novel  
Marasco, Ron
Call Number: FICTION MARA
2017
"No one expected Barley to have an encounter with the Messiah. He was homeless, hungry, and struggling to survive in first century Jerusalem. Most surprisingly, he was a dog. But through Barley's eyes, the story of a teacher from Galilee comes alive in a way we've never experienced before. Barley's story begins in the home of a compassionate woodcarver and his wife who find Barley as an abandoned, nearly-drowned pup. Tales of a special teacher from Galilee are reaching their tiny village, but when life suddenly changes again for Barley, he carries the lessons of forgiveness and love out of the woodcarver's home and through the dangerous roads of Roman occupied Judea. On the outskirts of Jerusalem, Barley meets a homeless man and petty criminal named Samid. Together, Barley and his unlikely new master experience fresh struggles and new revelations. Soon Barley is swept up into the current of history, culminating in an unforgettable encounter with the truest master of all as he bears witness to the greatest story ever told"-- Provided by publisher
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