New eBook Fiction in December

In these troubled times, dear reader, you have two options: you can turn away from the horrors of the world and embrace the fantasy that literature provides. Or, you can face the disasters head-on, with books that magnify the precipice of doom we stand on. Then again, you could also just enjoy your summer with a range of insightful and surprising new titles – all available through Overdrive!

Overdrive cover Days Without End, by Sebastian Barry
“After signing up for the US army in the 1850s, Thomas McNulty and his brother-in-arms, John Cole, go on to fight in the Indian wars and, ultimately, the Civil War. Their lives are enriched and imperilled when a young Indian girl crosses their path, and the possibility of lasting happiness emerges, if only they can survive. Both a poignant story of two men and the lives they are dealt, and a fresh look at some of the most fateful years in America’s past, Days Without End is a novel never to be forgotten.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Name on the Door is Not Mine, by C. K. Stead
“A striking new collection of accessible yet elegant stories from literary giant and master craftsman C.K. Stead. They are clever, sensual, wry and beautifully written, with Stead’s subtle sense of humour evident at every turn. The collection can be read as a meditation on the writerly life, and includes a number of new, previously unpublished stories, including ‘Last Season’s Man’, which won the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Reykjavik Assignment, by Adam LeBor
“UN covert negotiator, Yael Azoulay, has been sent to Reykjavik to broker a secret meeting between US President Freshwater and the Iranian president. Both parties want the violence to stop, but Yael soon realises that powerful enemies are pulling the strings. Enemies for whom peace means an end to their lucrative profit streams. In this gripping thriller, Adam LeBor uses insights gained from twenty-five years of reporting to show us who really has the upper hand in international politics.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Wrong Side of Goodbye, by Michael Connelly
“Harry Bosch is working as a part-time detective when he gets the invitation to meet with the ageing billionaire Whitney Vance. When he was eighteen Vance had a relationship with a Mexican girl called Vibiana Duarte, but soon after becoming pregnant she disappeared. Now, as he reaches the end of his life, Vance wants to know what happened to Vibiana and whether there is an heir to his fortune. And Bosch is the only person he trusts to undertake the assignment.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Next, by Stephanie Gangi
“Is there a right way to die? If so, Joanna DeAngelis has it all wrong. She’s consumed by betrayal, spending her numbered days obsessing over her ex, watching him thrive in the spotlight while she wastes away. So she embarks on a sexy, spiritual odyssey. As she travels beyond memory, beyond desire, she is transformed into a fierce female force of life, determined to know how to die, happily ever after.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover City Woman, by Patricia Scanlan
“Devlin’s flair and ambition has made a success of the ‘City Girl’ health and leisure complex. But what of Luke Reilly, a man used to getting his own way? Caroline, still coming to terms with her husband’s revelations, has to do some serious thinking. Can she face the future on her own? Maggie, torn between motherhood and career, finds her marriage under threat. She must decide if it’s time to put herself first.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Bitter Fruits, by Alice Clark-Platts
“The murder of a first-year university student shocks the city of Durham. The victim, Emily Brabents, was from the privileged and popular set at Joyce College, a cradle for the country’s future elite. As Detective Inspector Erica Martin investigates the college, she finds a close-knit community fuelled by jealousy, obsession and secrets. But the very last thing she expects is an instant confession . . .” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Peacock and Vine, by A S Byatt
“This ravishing book opens a window onto the lives, designs and passions of two charismatic artists. Born a generation apart, they were seeming opposites: Mariano Fortuny, a Spanish aristocrat thrilled by the sun-baked cultures of Crete and Knossos; William Morris, a British craftsman, in thrall to the myths of the North. Yet through their revolutionary inventions and textiles, both men inspired a new variety of art, as vibrant today as when it was first conceived.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer
“On a warm summer night in 1974, six teenagers play at being cool. They smoke pot, drink vodka, share their dreams and vow always to be interesting. Decades later, only Ethan and Ash, now married, have remained true to their adolescent dreams. As the group’s fortunes tilt precipitously, their friendships are put under the ultimate strain of envy and crushing disappointment.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Everything Box, by Richard Kadrey
“22000 B.C. A beautiful angel stands on a mountaintop. He smiles because soon, the last of humanity who survived the great flood will meet its end, too. The angel reaches into his pocket for the instrument of humanity’s doom. Must be in the other pocket. Then he frantically begins to pat himself down. Dejected, he realizes he has lost the object. The majestic angel utters a single word. “Crap.”” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

New eBook Fiction in November

November on Overdrive sees the clash of literary giants, with the release of Michael Chabon’s recently-published Moonglow as well as Margaret Atwood’s Booker-nominated classic The Handmaid’s Tale. It’s not just the big names, though: several new authors have shaken things up, including New Zealand’s Jonothan Cullinane and his novel Red Herring. Whatever your tastes, it should be an epic month of reading!

Overdrive cover How I Became a North Korean, by Krys Lee
“Yongju is an accomplished student from one of North Korea’s most prominent families. Jangmi, on the other hand, has had to fend for herself since childhood. Danny is a Chinese-American teenager whose parents left China when he was nine; his precocious intelligence has long marked him as an outcast. These three disparate lives converge when each of them travels to the region where China borders North Korea – one of the most threatening environments in the world.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Innocent, by David Szalay
“It is 1948 and Aleksandr, a major in the MGB (the forerunner of the KGB) is sent to an isolated psychiatric clinic to investigate one of the patients there. The patient is a man long presumed dead – a veteran of the Second World War, who seems unable to remember any of his past. Twenty-four years later, Aleksandr is haunted by the case. With his Stalinist faith under threat, he interrogates his memories and the effect the case had on himself and on those he loved most.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Singles Game, by Lauren Weisberger
“When Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Silver makes a pact with the infamously brutal tennis coach Todd Feltner, she finds herself catapulted into a world of stylists, private parties and secret dates with Hollywood royalty. Under Todd it’s no more good-girl attitude: he wants warrior princess Charlie all the way. Celebrity mags go wild, but as the warrior princess’s star rises, it comes at a price. Is the real Charlie Silver still inside? From the author of The Devil Wears Prada.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover A Beautiful Young Wife, by Tommy Wieringa
“Edward Landauer, a brilliant microbiologist in his forties, meets a beautiful young woman. She is the love of his life, and when the two marry in France, Edward is the happiest man in the world. At first, Ruth Walta appears to represent a victory over time, but even she cannot stop him growing older. After the birth of their long-awaited son, the happiness turns into something new, and Edward no longer recognises his great romance nor the woman who induced it.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Skylarking, by Kate Mildenhall
“Kate and Harriet are best friends, growing up together on an isolated cape in the 1880s. As daughters of the lighthouse keepers, the girls share everything, until a fisherman, McPhail, arrives in their small community. When Kate witnesses the desire that flares between him and Harriet, she is torn by her feelings of envy and longing. But one moment in McPhail’s hut will change the course of their lives forever.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Trees, by Ali Shaw
“The trees arrive in the night: thundering up through the ground, transforming 44-year-old Adrien Thomas’ home (and perhaps all of Britain) into shadowy forest. Adrien ventures out into this unrecognisable world, meeting green-fingered Hannah and her teenage son Seb. Together, they set out to find Hannah’s forester brother, to reunite Adrien with his wife – and to discover just how deep the forest goes.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
“Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She has only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire – neither Offred’s nor that of the two men on which her future hangs. Shortlisted for the 1986 Man Booker Prize.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Red Herring, by Jonothan Cullinane
“In Auckland 1951 the workers and the government are heading for bloody confrontation on the waterfront. Into the secret world of rival union politics, dark political agendas and worldwide anti-communist hysteria steps Johnny Molloy, a private detective with secrets of his own. Caitlin Corrigan, a feisty young reporter, is following her own leads. Together they begin to uncover a conspiracy that goes to the heart of the Establishment.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Without Mercy, by Jefferson Bass
“Forensic anthropologist Bill Brockton has spent twenty-five years solving brutal murders – but none so bizarre and merciless as his latest case: a ravaged set of skeletal remains is found chained to a tree on a remote mountainside. But the shocking revelation is only the beginning of Brockton’s trials. Mid-case, the unthinkable happens: the deadliest criminal Brockton has ever foiled—the sadistic serial killer Nick Satterfield—escapes from prison, bent on vengeance.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Moonglow, by Michael Chabon
“In 1989, Michael Chabon traveled to his mother’s home to visit his terminally ill grandfather. Memory stirred by the imminence of death, Chabon’s grandfather shared recollections the younger man had never heard before. Moonglow unfolds as a deathbed confession: a tale of madness, of war, of sex and desire and, above all, the destructive impact—and the creative power—of the keeping of secrets and the telling of lies.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)