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 The collection can be read as a meditation on the writerly life, and includes a number of new, previously unpublished stories, including ‘Last Season’s Man’, which won the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award.”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 September

This month’s titles from Overdrive are set across the globe, from the sand hills of Nebraska to a Swedish caravan park. And we haven’t forgotten the Pacific: Breaking Connections by Albert Wendt takes place in both New Zealand and Hawaii. So have your map, compass and e-reader at the ready, and enjoy!

Overdrive cover Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain, by Barney Norris
“One quiet evening in Salisbury, the peace is shattered by a serious car crash. At that moment, five lives collide – a flower seller, a schoolboy, an army wife, a security guard and a widower. As one of those lives hangs in the balance, the stories of all five unwind, drawn together by connection and coincidence into a web of love, grief, disenchantment and hope that perfectly represents the joys and tragedies of small town life.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Reconstructing Amelia, by Kimberly McCreight
“Single mother Kate is in the meeting of her career when she is interrupted by a call to say her teenaged daughter Amelia has been suspended from school. Torn between her head and her heart, Kate eventually arrives at St Grace’s, only to find her daughter has jumped off the roof of the school, apparently in shame. A grieving Kate can’t accept that her daughter would kill herself: Amelia would never leave her alone like this. So begins an investigation into Amelia’s troubled world.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Work Like Any Other, by Virginia Reeves
“Roscoe T. Martin sets his sights on a new type of power spreading at the start of the 20th century: electricity. But when his wife inherits her father’s farm, Roscoe has to give it up, with great cost to his pride, marriage and family. Realising he might lose it all, he decides to siphon energy from the state, ushering in a period of bounty and happiness. Then a young man is electrocuted on their land. Roscoe is arrested for manslaughter and must now carve out a place in a violent new world.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Black Water, by Louise Doughty
“Harper wakes every night, terrified of the sounds outside his hut in Bali. He is afraid that his past as a mercenary has caught up with him. Then he meets Rita, a woman with her own tragedies, and begins a passionate affair. Their relationship makes Harper realise that exile comes in many forms – but can Rita and Harper save each other while also putting themselves at risk? Black Water turns around the 1965 Indonesian massacres, one of the great untold tragedies of the 20th century.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover I Am Behind You, by John Ajvide Lindqvist
“Four families wake up one morning in their caravans on an ordinary campsite in southern Sweden. However, during the night something strange has happened: everything else has disappeared. The sky is blue, but there is no sign of the sun; there are no trees, no flowers, no birds. As the holiday-makers try to come to terms with what has happened, they are forced to confront their deepest fears. Can any of them find a way back to reality?” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Vile Bodies, by Evelyn Waugh
“The Bright Young Things of 1920s Mayfair, including struggling writer Adam Fenwick-Symes and the aristocratic Nina Blount exercise their inventive minds and vile bodies in every kind of capricious escapade, whether it is promiscuity, dancing or sports cars. But in the distance, war looms again… Evelyn Waugh’s 1930 satire shows a new generation emerging in the years after the First World War, revealing the darkness and vulnerability beneath the glittering surface of the high life.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Breaking Connections, by Albert Wendt
“A dynamic group has emerged in Auckland whose members refer to themselves as the Tribe. Mainly Polynesian, they grow up together and become successful professionals, bound by the self-destructive Aaron. But when Daniel receives a call in Hawaii telling him Aaron has been killed, he must return to New Zealand and step into the most dangerous crisis he has ever faced. What has the Tribe become?” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Bones of Paradise, by Jonis Agee
“Ten years after the Seventh Cavalry massacred more than two hundred Lakota men, women and children at Wounded Knee, J.B. Bennett, a white rancher, and Star, a young Native American woman, are murdered on J.B.’s land. The deaths bring together the Bennett family: J.B.’s cunning father, Drum; his estranged wife, Dulcinea; and his teenage sons. As the mystery of these twin deaths unfolds, the secrets of the dysfunctional Bennetts are revealed, exposing the conflicted heart of a nation.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

New eBook Fiction for August

This month has seen some amazing quality fiction added to Overdrive. We have a great mix of genres with modern classics as well as brand new releases. There’s plenty to enjoy for all different reading tastes.

Overdrive cover Naked Empire, by Terry Goodkind (eBook)
“The Sword of Truth series follows Richard Cypher, a young woodsman intent on tracking down his father’s murderer. His quest will take him far from home, embroiling him in an ancient war, three-millennia past, that is about to re-ignite with world-shattering violence. Time is running out. The Imperial Order has D’Hara under siege, Wizard’s Keep is threatened, and Richard Rahl has been poisoned. There is an antidote, but it comes at a high price.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Book of Dave, by Will Self (eBook)
“What if a demented London cabbie called Dave Rudman wrote a book to his estranged son to give him some fatherly advice? What if that book was buried in Hampstead and hundreds of years later, when rising sea levels have put London underwater, spawned a religion? What if one man decided to question life according to Dave? And what if Dave had indeed made a mistake?” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Strange Shores, by Arnaldur Indridason (eBook)
“A young woman walks into the frozen fjords of Iceland, never to be seen again. But Matthildur leaves in her wake rumours of lies, betrayal and revenge. Decades later Detective Erlendur is on the hunt. He is looking for Matthildur but also for a long-lost brother, whose disappearance in a snow-storm when they were children has coloured his entire life. He is looking for answers. Slowly, the past begins to surrender its secrets, but Erlendur realises that many people would prefer their crimes to stay buried.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Bricks that Built the Houses, by Kate Tempest (eBook) “Kate Tempest’s electrifying debut novel takes us into the beating heart of the capital in this multi-generational tale of drugs, desire and belonging. It gets into your bones. You don’t even realise it, until you’re driving through it, watching all the things you’ve always known and leaving them behind. In The Bricks that Built The Houses Kate Tempest explores contemporary city life with a powerful moral microscope, giving us irresistible stories of hidden lives, and showing us how the best intentions don’t always lead to the right decisions” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston (eBook) “One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, Their Eyes Were Watching God brings to life a Southern love story with the wit and pathos found only in the writing of Zora Neale Hurston. Out of print for almost thirty years—due largely to initial audiences’ rejection of its strong black female protagonist—Hurston’s classic has since its 1978 reissue become perhaps the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Road to Winter, by Mark Smith (eBook)
“Since a deadly virus and the violence that followed wiped out his parents and his community, Finn has lived alone on the rugged coast with only his dog for company. He has stayed alive for two winters—hunting and fishing and trading food, and keeping out of sight of the Wilders. But Finn’s isolation is shattered when a girl runs onto the beach. Rose is desperate, sick, and needs Finn’s help. The Road to Winter is an unforgettable novel about survival, honour, friendship and love.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Long War, by Stephen Baxter (eBook)
“A generation after the events of The Long Earth, mankind has spread across the new worlds opened up by Stepping. A new ‘America’, called Valhalla, is emerging more than a million steps from Datum Earth, with core American values restated in the plentiful environment of the Long Earth – and Valhalla is growing restless under the control of the Datum government…
But the trolls are beginning to react to humanity’s thoughtless exploitation.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Weeping Woman, by Zoe Valdes (eBook)
“A writer resembling Zoé Valdés—a Cuban exile living in Paris with her husband and young daughter—is preparing a novel on the life of Dora Maar, one of the most promising artists in the Surrealist movement until she met Pablo Picasso. Dora became his lover, muse, and ultimately, his victim. She became The Weeping Woman captured in his famous portrait, the mistress he betrayed with other mistress-muses, and their affair ended with her commitment to an asylum at the hands of Picasso’s friends.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Invoice, by Jonas Karlsson (eBook)
“Karlsson’s new novel explores the true nature of happiness through the eyes of hero you won’t soon forget. A passionate film buff, our hero’s life revolves around his part-time job at a video store and a daily routine that more often than not ends with pizza and a movie. When he receives an astronomical invoice from a random national bureaucratic agency, everything will tumble into madness as he calls the hotline night and day to find out why he is the recipient of the largest bill in the entire country.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Juliet Takes a Breath, by Gabby Rivera (eBook)
“Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx for Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of. She’s interning with the author Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff. Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle?” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

New eBook Fiction in July

The Big Library Read is on right now, so join in this global book club with A Murder in Time. If that’s not your cup of tea there are plenty of other great reads new to Overdrive this month. There’s the brand new novel by Pulitzer Prize winner Annie Proulx, as well as the highly praised debut novel from Garth Greenwell and several excellent pieces of New Zealand fiction. Never tried eBooks before? Check out how to get started here.

Overdrive cover A Murder in Time, by Julie McElwain (eBook)
“When brilliant FBI agent Kendra Donovan stumbles back in time and finds herself in a 19th century English castle under threat from a vicious serial killer, she scrambles to solve the case before it takes her life—200 years before she was even born. Stripped of her twenty-first century tools, Kendra must use her wits alone in order to unmask a cunning madman.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Black Earth White Bones, by Chris Else (eBook)
“From one of New Zealand’s most thoughtful writers, not just a finely crafted novel but a whole country, complete with dark undertones. In this, his fifth novel, Chris Else has created an utterly convincing Polynesian setting with its own brilliantly realised language, culture, flora and fauna. His humour and wisdom are at once merciless and forgiving as he uses language to explore man’s – and woman’s – deep-seated need to be both an individual and to belong.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover What Belongs to You, by Garth Greenwell (eBook)
“On an unseasonably warm autumn day, an American teacher enters a public bathroom beneath Sofia’s National Palace of Culture. There he meets Mitko, a charismatic young hustler, and pays him for sex. He returns to Mitko again and again over the next few months, and finds himself ensnared in a relationship in which lust leads to mutual predation, and tenderness can transform into violence. What Belongs to You is a stunning debut novel of desire and its consequences.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Boys from Eighth and Carpenter, by Tom Mendicino (eBook)
“S. Gagliano & Son has been a barber shop fixture in South Philly for decades. Frankie and Michael presides over the store, enlisting his children as soon as they’re big enough to wield a broom. On their mother’s deathbed, eight-year-old Frankie swears that he and his little brother will always take care of each other. After their father’s death, Frankie takes over the shop and Michael becomes a successful prosecutor. Then comes an unthinkable, impulsive act that will force Michael to choose between risking his comfortable life and keeping a sacred oath.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Naturalist, by Thom Conroy (eBook)
“Based on the real life of Dr Ernst Dieffenbach who arrived in New Zealand in 1839 as a naturalist. What he discovered was fascinating, but what his records didn’t reveal was his own intriguing story. As a young idealist, he plotted a revolution in the name of equality. Imprisoned and then exiled, he fled to London. He hoped to redeem his reputation by joining the expedition to New Zealand. But as he was to discover, the complexities of freedom, exile and equality could not be left behind.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Barkskins, by Annie Proulx (eBook)
“An epic, dazzling, violent, dramatic novel about the taking down of the world’s forests. In the late seventeenth century two penniless young Frenchmen, René Sel and Charles Duquet, arrive in New France. Bound to a feudal lord for three years in exchange for land, they become wood-cutters – barkskins. Proulx tells the stories of the descendants of Sel and Duquet over 300 years – their travels across North America, to Europe, China, and New Zealand, under stunningly brutal conditions.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Gap of Time, by Jeanette Winterson (eBook)
“A baby girl is abandoned, banished from London to the storm-ravaged American city of New Bohemia. Her father has been driven mad by jealousy, her mother to exile by grief. Seventeen years later, Perdita doesn’t know a lot about who she is or where she’s come from – but she’s about to find out. Winterson’s cover version of The Winter’s Tale vibrates with echoes of Shakespeare’s original and tells a story of hearts broken and hearts healed, a story of revenge and forgiveness.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Gilded Hour, by Sara Donati (eBook)
“A magnificent epic about two pioneering women doctors in 19th-century New York. The year is 1883, and in New York City it’s a time of dizzying splendor, crushing poverty, and tremendous change. With the gravity-defying Brooklyn Bridge nearly complete and the city in the grip of anti-vice crusader Anthony Comstock, Dr Anna Savard and her cousin, Sophie – both graduates of the Women’s Medical School – treat the city’s most vulnerable. Even when doing so puts all they’ve worked for in jeopardy…” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Mornings in Jenin, by Susan Abulhawa (eBook)
“Palestine, 1948. The Abulheja family are forcibly removed from their ancestral home in Ein Hod and sent to live in a refugee camp in Jenin. Through Amal, the bright granddaughter of the patriarch, we witness the stories of her brothers: one, a stolen boy who becomes an Israeli soldier; the other who in sacrificing everything for the Palestinian cause will become his enemy. Mornings in Jenin forces us to take a fresh look at one of the defining political conflicts of our lifetime.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

New eBook Fiction from New Zealand

We have some excellent novels this month from New Zealand authors you might not have heard of, and all are available as eBooks through Overdrive. New Zealand authors cover a range of genres so no matter what you enjoy, you’re bound to find something great. This month we have romance, thrillers and plenty of drama.

Overdrive cover Novel About My Wife, by Emily Perkins (eBook)
“Tom Stone is madly in love with his wife Ann. Pushing forty and expecting their first child, they buy a derelict house in Hackney. Despite their spiralling money troubles, they believe this is their settled future. But Ann becomes convinced she’s being shadowed by a homeless man. As their child grows, Ann’s behaviour becomes increasingly erratic, feverish and disturbed. On the verge of losing everything, Tom makes a decision that he hopes will save their lives.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Trifecta, by Ian Wedde (eBook)
“Trifecta looks at the odds in the lives of the three children of Martin and Agnes Klepka. Martin was one of the refugees of Nazism who famously brought Modernist architecture and ‘real coffee’ to New Zealand. Many years after his early death from a heart attack, Klepka’s children are struggling in their different ways with the difficult legacy of their charismatic, overbearing father.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover White Lies, by Witi Ihimaera (eBook)
“A medicine woman – a giver of life – is asked to hide a secret that may protect a position in society, but could have fatal consequences. When she is approached by the servant of a wealthy woman, three very different women become players in a head-on clash of beliefs, deception and ultimate salvation. This compelling story tackles moral dilemmas, exploring the nature of identity, societal attitudes to the roles of women and the tension between Western and traditional Maori medicine.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Paint Your Wife, by Lloyd Jones (eBook)
“Long ago, when the men were away at the war, Alma began painting the women of the town. They sat for him in lieu of payment for his work. Alice returned his attentions, and when her husband, George, came home from the war, he set out to prove his love and reclaim his wife by moving a hill—wheelbarrow by wheelbarrow—for her. Now, Alma’s ‘in lieu of’ payment is revived, and the townspeople, looking to escape various corners of despair, turn to drawing classes.”(Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Trust No One, by Paul Cleave (eBook)
“Jerry is known to most of the world by his crime writing pseudonym, Henry Cutter. Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at 49, Jerry’s crime writing days are over. His books tell stories of brutal murders committed by bad men, of a world out of balance, of victims finding the darkest forms of justice. As his dementia begins to break down the wall between his life and the characters, Jerry confesses: The stories are real. He committed the crimes. Those close to him, including the nurses at the care home where he now lives, insist that it is all in his head, that his memory is being toyed with and manipulated by his unfortunate disease. But if that were true, then why are people dying?” (Adapted from Google Books)

Overdrive cover New Beginnings at Lilyfields, by Lottie Bloom (eBook)
“Lilyfields cottage has been lying empty, until Orla Nolan moves in. She’s there to recuperate after an accident has dashed her dreams of acting. Orla is feeling lonely and dejected, but before long she is confronted by two handsome suitors. She’s spoilt for choice. But they are father and son, and while one is a touch too old and too settled for her liking, might the other be too young and too wild? As Orla struggles to find a new role for herself at Lilyfields, will its magic deliver true love?” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover After Z-Hour, by Elizabeth Knox (eBook)
“Stranded by a South Island storm, six people usurp the stillness of an old house. As they tell the fragments of their story, a seventh voice responds: a young New Zealand serviceman who died in 1920, soon after his return from France. As the storm deepens, the hauntings of the mind and the hauntings of the house become one. First published on Armistice Day 1987, After Z-Hour won the PEN Award for Best First Book of Prose.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Rock Redemption, by Nalini Singh (eBook)
“Kit Devigny could have loved rock guitarist Noah St. John. Their friendship burned with the promise of intense passion and searing tenderness…until the night Noah deliberately shattered her heart. Noah knows he destroyed something precious. All he has left is his music. When a media error sees Noah and Kit dubbed the new “it” couple, Kit discovers her chance at the role of a lifetime hinges on riding the media wave.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Party Line, by Sue Orr (eBook)
“The Baxters do not know their place. On the first of June sharemilkers load their trucks and crawl along the highways towards new farms, new lives. They’re inching towards that ultimate dream – buying their own land. Fenward’s always been lucky with its sharemilkers: grateful, grafting folk who understand what’s expected of them. Until now. This is a coming-of-age story for two young girls who hold a mirror up to the place and people they love. It’s a coming-of-age story, too, for a community forced to stare back at the image of a damaged soul.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

New eBook Fiction in April

This month Overdrive offers us a collection of thought-provoking novels from new and established authors. With these bestsellers you can make good use of Overdrive’s completely free reserves!

Overdrive cover Boyhood Island, by Karl Ove Knausgaard (eBook)
“Childhood is exhilarating and terrifying. For the young Karl Ove, new houses, classes and friends are met with excitement and creeping dread. Adults occupy godlike positions, benevolent in the case of his doting mother, tyrannical in the case of his cruel father. In his now infamously direct style, Knausgaard describes a time in which victories and defeats are felt keenly. This is a book about family, memory and how we never become quite what we set out to be.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Happy Marriage, by Tahar Ben Jelloun (eBook)
“Acclaimed Moroccan author Tahar Ben Jelloun tells the story of one couple, just as legal reforms are about to change women’s rights forever. The husband is paralyzed by a stroke at the very height of his career and becomes convinced that his marriage is the sole reason for his decline. Desperate to break free of a deeply destructive relationship, he finds escape in writing a secret book about his hellish marriage. When his wife finds it, she responds point by point with her own, offering a striking and incisive reinterpretation of their story.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Mothering Sunday, by Graham Swift (eBook)
“It is March 30th 1924. It is Mothering Sunday. How will Jane Fairchild, orphan and housemaid, occupy her time when she has no mother to visit? How, shaped by the events of this never to be forgotten day, will her future unfold? Beginning with an intimate assignation and opening to embrace decades, Mothering Sunday has at its heart both the story of a life and the life that stories can magically contain. Constantly surprising, joyously sensual and deeply moving, it is Graham Swift at his thrilling best.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover I Am No One, by Patrick Flanery (eBook)
“Jeremy O’Keefe, a middle-aged Professor, returns to his native New York after a decade. He settles into a rhythm of long evenings spent alone after a day teaching students he barely knows. Then a strange encounter with a young man who presumes an acquaintance Jeremy cannot remember and a series of disconcerting events leave him with a growing conviction that he is being watched. As his grip on reality seems to shift and turn, Jeremy struggles to know what he can believe.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Light on the Water, by Olga Lorenzo (eBook)
“Recently divorced and trying to make sense of her new life, Anne takes her daughter Aida on an overnight bushwalk. In a split second, Aida disappears and a frantic Anne scrambles for help. Nearly two years later and still tormented by remorse and grief, Anne is charged with her daughter’s murder. A superbly written and conceived literary work about the best and the worst aspects of family life, this story asks difficult questions about society, the media, and our rush to judgement.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Orphan Master’s Son, by Adam Johnson (eBook)
“Pak Jun Do knows he is special. He knows he must be the son of the master of the orphanage, not some kid dumped by his parents – it was obvious from the way his father singled him out for beatings. He knows he is special when he is picked as a spy and kidnapper for his country, the glorious Democratic Republic of North Korea. He knows he must find his true love, before it’s too late. He knows he’s not like the other prisoners in the camp. He’s going to get out soon. Definitely” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover A Paper Son, by Jason Buchholz (eBook)
“Teacher and aspiring author Peregrine Long sees a Chinese family on board a ship—in his morning tea. The image inspires him to write the story of this family, but then a woman turns up at his door, claiming that he’s writing her family history. She has one question: What happened to the little boy of the family? As Peregrine searches for the missing boy, the clues uncovered lead Peregrine to question not only the nature of his writing, but also his knowledge of his own past and his understanding of his identity.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Elizabeth Is Missing, by Emma Healey (eBook)
“Meet Maud. Maud is forgetful. She makes a cup of tea and forgets to drink it. Sometimes her home is unrecognizable – or her daughter Helen a total stranger. But there’s one thing Maud is sure of: Elizabeth is missing. And no matter who tells her to stop going on about it, to shut up, Maud will get to the bottom of it. Because somewhere in Maud’s damaged mind lies the answer to an unsolved seventy-year-old mystery. One everyone has forgotten about. Everyone, except Maud…” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Anatomy of a Soldier, by Harry Parker (eBook)
“Let’s imagine a man called Tom Barnes, who’s leading British troops in the war zone. And two boys growing up together, before finding themselves estranged once foreign soldiers appear in their countryside; and the man who trains one to fight against the other’s father. Then include the family who radiate out from these lives, people on all sides of this conflict with most everyone caught in the middle.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Shelter, by Jung Yun (eBook)
“Kyung Cho is a young father burdened by a house he can’t afford. For years, he has lived beyond his means. Now his debts are catching up with him. A few miles away, his parents live surrounded by the material comforts that Kyung desires for his wife and son. Kyung can hardly bear to see them now, much less ask for their help. When an act of violence leaves his parents unable to live on their own he’s compelled to take them in. Shelter asks what it means to provide for one’s family and, in answer, delivers a story as riveting as it is profound.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

New Fiction eBooks in March

Enjoy just a tiny selection of some of the more than 500 new eBooks added to Overdrive and Borrowbox in the last month. Don’t forget, it’s free to reserve books from our eLibrary and there are no late fees either so you can just sit back and enjoy the story.

Overdrive cover She Will Build Him a City, by Raj Kamal Jha (eBook)
“As night falls in Delhi a mother spins tales from her past for her sleeping daughter. As the last train from Rajiv Chowk Station pulls away, a young man rides the metro and dreams of murder. In a corner of the city, a newborn wrapped in a blood-red towel lies on the steps of an orphanage. There are twenty million bodies in this city and this woman, man and child are only three. But their stories weave in and out of the lives of those around them to form a dazzling kaleidoscope of a novel.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Natural Way of Things, by Charlotte Wood (eBook)
“Two women awaken from a drugged sleep to find themselves imprisoned in a broken-down property in the middle of nowhere. Strangers to each other, they have no idea where they are or how they came to be there with eight other girls, forced to wear strange uniforms, their heads shaved, guarded by two inept yet vicious armed jailers and a ‘nurse’. They pray for rescue — but when the food starts running out it becomes clear that the jailers have also become the jailed.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Archmage, by R. A. Salvatore (eBook)
“The pall that had descended over the North is gone, and a new day has dawned on a victorious Mithral Hall, but no matter how bright things seem on the surface, Drizzt and his companions know that what lurks just under their feet remains steeped in evil and charged with unimaginable power. The dark elves of Menzoberranzan, including the powerful Archmage Gromph, aren’t done with Drizzt yet.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Carrying Albert Home, by Homer Hickam (eBook)
“A funny yet tragic tale of a husband and wife’s car journey across the US with Albert the alligator in tow. Yes, really. A journey of a thousand miles. With an alligator on the back seat. And John Steinbeck as a passenger. This is a tale where everything is true, except the bits that are made up.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Mr. Holmes, by Mitch Cullin (eBook)
“It is 1947, and the long-retired Sherlock Holmes lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse. He tends to his bees, writes in his journal, and grapples with the diminishing powers of his mind. But in the twilight of his life, as people continue to look to him for answers, Holmes revisits a case that may provide him with answers of his own to questions he didn’t even know he was asking – about life, about love, and about the limits of the mind’s ability to know. Previously published as A Slight Trick of The Mind.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover I’ve Been Thinking About You, Sister, by Witi Ihimaera (eBook)
“A touching short story from one of New Zealand’s best-loved writers. When Uncle Rangiora visits his sister and dances with her in the garden, she knows she has to visit the place where he died, and where he and other of his comrades from the Maori Battalion were buried during the Second World War. His sister is an old woman now, her husband even older, but that’s not going to stop them from setting off across the world alone.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Gun, by Fuminori Nakamura (eBook)
“In Tokyo a student’s discovery of a stolen handgun awakens something dark inside him and threatens to consume not only his life but also his humanity. Nakamura’s debut is a noir-spun tale that probes the violence inherent to aesthetics. On a nighttime walk along a Tokyo riverbank, a young man named Nishikawa stumbles on a dead body, beside which lies a gun. As he spirals into obsession, his focus is consumed by one idea: that possessing the gun is no longer enough–he must fire it.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Mark and the Void, by Paul Murray (eBook)
“What links the Investment Bank of Torabundo, www.myhotswaitress.com (yes, hots with an s, don’t ask), an art heist, a novel called For the Love of a Clown, a four-year-old boy named after TV detective Remington Steele, a lonely French banker, a tiny Pacific island, and a pest control business run by an ex-KGB man? The Mark and the Void is Paul Murray’s madcap new novel of institutional folly, following the success of his wildly original breakout hit, Skippy Dies.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The High Mountains of Portugal, by Yann Martel (eBook)
The High Mountains of Portugal is a suspenseful, mesmerising story of a great quest for meaning, told in three intersecting narratives that touch the lives of three different people and their families, and taking us on an extraordinary journey through the last century. Beautiful, witty and engaging, Yann Martel’s new novel offers us the same tender exploration of the impact and significance of great love and great loss, belief and unbelief, that has marked all his brilliant, unexpected novels.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

New Fiction eBooks in February

What better way to start 2016 than with the best fiction of last year? Read these popular bestsellers on Overdrive and never have to worry about overdue or reserve fees.

Overdrive cover Jade Dragon Mountain, by Elsa Hart (Audiobook)
“In mountainous Tibet in 1708, a detective must learn what a killer already knows. Li Du was an imperial librarian. Now he is an exile. Arriving in Dayan, the last Chinese town before the border, he is surprised to find it teeming. All have come for a spectacle unprecedented in this remote province: an eclipse of the sun commanded by the Emperor himself. When an astronomer is found murdered he must choose whether to leave, and embrace his exile, or to stay, and investigate a murder that the town of Dayan seems all too willing to forget.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Welcome to Braggsville, by T. Geronimo Johnson (Audiobook)
“From the PEN/Faulkner finalist and critically acclaimed author of Hold It ‘Til It Hurts comes a dark and socially provocative Southern-fried comedy about four UC Berkeley students who stage a dramatic protest during a Civil War reenactment—a fierce, funny, tragic work from a bold new writer. With the keen wit of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and the deft argot of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, T. Geronimo Johnson has written an astonishing, razor-sharp satire.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley, by Jeremy Massey (Audiobook)
“A dark and unexpected novel about a Dublin undertaker who finds himself on the wrong side of the Irish mob. Paddy is a grieving widower who has worked for years for Gallagher’s, a long-established funeral home in Dublin. One night driving home after an unexpected encounter with a client, Paddy hits a pedestrian crossing the street. It’s Donal Cullen, brother of one of the most notorious mobsters in Dublin. And he’s dead… The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley is a surprising, compulsive debut novel.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover A Brief History of Seven Killings, by Marlon James (eBook)
“3 December 1976, just weeks before the general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert, seven gunmen stormed his house with machine guns blazing. Marley survived and went on to perform. Inspired by this near-mythic event, Marlon James writes an imagined oral biography, told by ghosts, members of parliament, drug dealers, conmen, beauty queens, FBI and CIA agents, reporters, journalists, and even Keith Richards’ drug dealer.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Fishermen, by Chigozie Obioma (eBook)
“In a small town in western Nigeria, four young brothers use their strict father’s absence from home to go fishing at a forbidden local river. They encounter a dangerous local madman who predicts that the oldest brother will be killed by another. This prophesy breaks their strong bond, and unleashes a tragic chain of events of almost mythic proportions. The Fishermen is a breathtakingly beautiful novel, firmly rooted in the best of African storytelling. Chigozie Obioma emerges as one of the most original new voices in world literature.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover A Spool of Blue Thread, by Anne Tyler (eBook)
“It was a beautiful, breezy, yellow-and-green afternoon…’ This is the way Abby Whitshank always begins the story of how she and Red fell in love that summer’s day in 1959. The whole family on the porch, half-listening as their mother tells the same tale they have heard so many times before. From that porch we spool back through the generations, witnessing the events, secrets and unguarded moments that have come to define the family.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Long Earth, by Terry Pratchett (eBook)
“1916: the Western Front. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong, and the wind in the leaves in the trees. Where has the mud, blood and blasted landscape of No Man’s Land gone? 2015: Madison, Wisconsin. Cop Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive (some said mad, others dangerous) scientist when she finds a curious gadget – a box containing some wiring, a three-way switch and a…potato.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Make Me, by Lee Child (eBook)
“Jack Reacher has no place to go, and all the time in the world to get there, so a remote railroad stop on the prairie with the curious name of Mother’s Rest seems perfect for an aimless one-day stopover. He expects to find a lonely pioneer tombstone in a sea of nearly-ripe wheat … but instead there is a woman waiting for a missing colleague, a cryptic note about two hundred deaths, and a small town full of silent, watchful people. Reacher’s one-day stopover becomes an open-ended quest…into the heart of darkness.” (Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Devil’s Bag Man, by Adam Mansbach (eBook)
“In The Dead Run, outlaw Jess Galvan made a devil’s bargain with El Cucuy, a fearsome, five-hundred-year-old Aztec priest and major crime kingpin determined to bring about hell on earth. Now, months later, Galvan is trapped in his own personal hell, his mind infested with the soul of this ancient monster. No longer able to trust his own judgment, he is estranged from his daughter and from his own body. Mansbach mixes horror, the supernatural, and gritty suspense to create an unlikely hero, caught between worlds but determined to save this one.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

New Fiction eBooks for November

Here we have just a few highlights of the eBooks newly available on Overdrive this month. Check out the first work of fiction from New Zealand columnist Joe Bennett, and the debut novel from Wellingtonian James McNaughton. And remember, if the title you want is on loan, reserves through Overdrive are FREE.

Overdrive cover King Rich, by Joe Bennett (eBook)
“The haunting story of two people linked by disaster and a desire for the truth. A love story. Of sorts. Christchurch, days after the February 2011 earthquake. Richard hides, with a lost dog, in an abandoned, leaning hotel. Annie returns from England, seeking a lost father in her battered home town. Vince relives the most significant emotional experience of his life. Joe Bennett’s first novel is the work of a superb writer at the top of his game.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Thirteen Ways of Looking, by Colum McCann (eBook)
“Told from a multitude of perspectives, in lyrical, hypnotic prose, Thirteen Ways of Looking is a ground-breaking novella of true resonance. Accompanied by three equally powerful stories set in Afghanistan, Galway and London, this is a tribute to humanity’s search for meaning and grace, from a writer at the height of his form, capable of imagining immensities even in the smallest corners of our lives.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Mrs Engels, by Gavin McCrea (eBook)
“In September 1870 a train leaves Manchester bound for London. On board is Lizzie Burns. In Gavin McCrea’s stunning debut novel, we follow Lizzie as the promise of an easy existence in the capital slips from her view, and as she gains, a profound understanding of herself and of the world. While husband Frederick and his friend Karl Marx try to spur revolution among the working classes, Lizzie is compelled to undertake a revolution of another kind.(Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty, by Amanda Filipacchi (eBook)
“A magical and comedic take on modern love, the power of friendship, and the allure of disguise. In the heart of New York City, a group of artistic friends struggles with society’s standards of beauty. The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty serves as a smart, modern-day fairy tale. With biting wit and offbeat charm, Amanda Filipacchi illuminates the labyrinthine relationship between beauty, desire, and identity, asking at every turn: what does it truly mean to allow oneself to be seen?” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Affinities, by Robert Charles Wilson (eBook)
“In our rapidly-changing world of “social media”, everyday people are more and more able to sort themselves into social groups based on finer and finer criteria. In the near future of Robert Charles Wilson’s The Affinities, this process is supercharged by new analytic technologies—genetic, brain-mapping, behavioural. At loose ends both professional and personal, young Adam Fisk takes the suite of tests to see if he qualifies for any of the Affinities, and finds that he’s a match for one of the largest, the one called Tau. It’s utopian—at first. (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover New Hokkaido, by James McNaughton (eBook)
“It is 1987, forty-five years after Japan conquered New Zealand, and the brutal shackles of the occupation have loosened a little: English can be spoken by natives in the home, and twenty-year-old Business English teacher Chris Ipswitch has a job at the Wellington Language Academy. But even Chris cannot stay out of the conflict between the Imperial Japanese Army and the Free New Zealand movement.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Heart Goes Last, by Margaret Atwood (eBook)
“Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of economic and social collapse. When they see an advertisement for a ‘social experiment’ offering stable jobs and a home of their own – they sign up immediately. All they have to do in return for this suburban paradise is give up their freedom every second month, swapping their home for a prison cell. At first, all is well. A sinister, wickedly funny novel about a near-future in which the lawful are locked up and the lawless roam free, The Heart Goes Last is Margaret Atwood at her heart-stopping best.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover One Year After, by William R. Forstchen (eBook)
“New York Times bestselling author William R. Forstchen brings a sequel to his hit novel One Second After. An EMP is a weapon with the power to destroy the entire United States in a single act of terrorism, in a single second. One Second After was a dire warning of what might be our future…and our end. Now, One Year After returns to the small town of Black Mountain, and the man who struggled so hard to rebuild it in the wake of devastation. It is a thrilling follow-up and should delight fans in every way.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover After Alice, by Gregory Maguire (eBook)
“Down the rabbit-hole, where adventures await. From multimillion-copy bestselling author of WICKED Gregory Maguire comes a magical new twist on ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND. When Alice toppled down the rabbit-hole 150 years ago, she found a Wonderland as rife with inconsistent rules and abrasive egos as the world she left behind. But what of that world? How did 1860s Oxford react to Alice’s disappearance?” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

New Fiction eBooks for October

There’s bound to be something to suit your taste this month, with these international bestselling eBooks of the last year. Check out the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction winner All the Light We Cannot See, plus new novels from Jodi Picoult and Michael Connelly. Don’t worry if the title you’re looking for is on loan when you check Overdrive, reserving eBooks is completely FREE!

Overdrive cover Silent Scream, by Angela Marsons (eBook)
“Five figures gather round a shallow grave. They had all taken turns to dig. An adult-sized hole would have taken longer. Their secrets would be buried, bound in blood …Years later, a headmistress is found brutally strangled, the first in a spate of gruesome murders which shock the Black Country. But when human remains are discovered at a former children’s home, disturbing secrets are also unearthed. D.I. Kim Stone fast realises she’s on the hunt for a twisted individual whose killing spree spans decades.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Good Girl, by Mary Kubica (eBook)
“Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. When he doesn’t show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, at first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia’s life.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Boston Girl, by Anita Diamant (eBook)
“When Addie Baum’s 22-year old granddaughter asks her about her childhood, Addie realises the moment has come to relive the full history that shaped her. Addie Baum was a Boston Girl, born in 1900 to immigrant Jewish parents who lived a modest life. But Addie’s intelligence propelled her to a more modern path. Addie wanted to finish high school and to go to college. She wanted a career, to find true love. She wanted to escape the confines of her family. And she did.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Code of Conduct, by Brad Thor (eBook)
“Hidden deep within one of the world’s most powerful organizations is a secret committee with a devastating agenda. Its members are afforded incredible protections-considered elites, untouchables. But when four seconds of video is captured halfway around the world and anonymously transmitted to D.C., covert wheels are set in motion and counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath is tapped to undertake the deadliest assignment of his career.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr (eBook)
“Marie-Laure has been blind since the age of six. Her father builds a perfect miniature of their Paris neighbourhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. But when the Nazis invade, father and daughter flee with a dangerous secret. Werner is a German orphan, destined to labour in the same mine that claimed his father’s life, until he discovers a knack for engineering. His talent wins him a place at a brutal military academy. And all around them, impending danger closes in.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Silent Girls, by Eric Rickstad (eBook)
“Frank Rath thought he was done with murder when he turned in his detective’s badge to become a private investigator. Then the police in his remote rural community of Canaan find a car by the side of the road, and the teenage girl who owned the car seems to have disappeared without a trace. Soon Rath’s investigation brings him face-to-face with the darkest abominations of the human soul. With young women vanishing one by one, he discovers once again that even in the smallest towns on the map, evil lurks everywhere.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover Leaving Time, by Jodi Picoult (eBook)
“Alice Metcalf was a devoted mother and loving wife. Yet it’s been a decade since she disappeared under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind her small daughter. While all signs point to abandonment, Jenna steadfastly refuses to believe in her mother’s desertion. She decides to approach the people who might still be able to help her: a disgraced psychic and the detective who first investigated her disappearance. Together these three lonely souls will discover truths destined to change their lives.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover At the Water’s Edge, by Sara Gruen (eBook)
“After disgracing themselves at a high society New Year’s Eve party in Philadelphia in 1944, Madeline Hyde and her husband, Ellis, are cut off financially by his father. When Ellis decides that the only way to regain his father’s favour is to succeed where he very publicly failed – by hunting down the famous Loch Ness monster – Maddie reluctantly follows him across the Atlantic, leaving her sheltered world behind.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)

Overdrive cover The Burning Room, by Michael Connelly (eBook)
“In the LAPD’s Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die a decade after the crime. So when Orlando Merced finally succumbs to complications from being shot ten years earlier, Detective Harry Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but any other evidence is virtually nonexistent.Partnered with Lucia Soto, a rookie detective, Bosch begins to see political dimensions to the case – a case where, despite the impossible odds, failure to find the killer is not an option.” (Adapted from Overdrive description)