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What better way to step away from the emotional exhaustion provided by this year’s presidential elections than by pitching head first into an awesome new book.

Exciting new fiction hitting the shelves in November

What better way to step away from the emotional exhaustion of this year’s presidential elections than by pitching head first into an awesome new book. November doesn’t solely embody the fast approach of impending holidays and electoral frenzy, but also the release of some amazing new fiction, which may help ease the building anxiety. So, skip the debates, hissy fits, and name-calling: take a deep breath and dive into some of these amazing stories.

The Fate of the Tearling: Forget Katniss Everdeen and the other chick from the Divergent series. In the final chapter of this engaging trilogy, Kelsea Glynn, Erika Johansen’s teenage heroine whom we first met in the two previous books, The Queen of the Tearling and The Invasion of The Tearling, is not only  a full-fledged sovereign but also has developed strange powers that she can’t begin to comprehend. No longer the awkward teenager, Kelsea knows that she has responsibility for the world known as The Tearling in her hands, and it is up to her to stop the evil advances of the Red Queen. But now Kelsea finds herself a prisoner of her mortal enemy, and the chances of securing the safety of her people and her own, seem to grow slimmer. Yes, I know. This one is more fantasy than fiction, but this trilogy truly is amazing, so roll with it. (Release date: Nov. 29).

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer: Frederick Backman: We are already used to the unusual characters in Fredrik Backman’s novels, such as obsessive-compulsive Brit-Marie, and Ove a grumpy old man tormented by the pain of losing his wife. The latest in Backman’s repertoire is a novella about an old man, a bench, and the people who sit next to him, coming together to say goodbye. (Release date: Nov. 1).

Faithful: Best-selling author Alice Hoffman (The Dovekeepers, The Museum of Extraordinary Things) brings in her new novel the compelling story of Shelby Richmond, who after surviving a tragedy, struggles to find her purpose in life.  (Release date: Nov. 1).

The Spy:  Mata-Hari, the famous courtesan and alleged spy tells her story through the narrative of celebrated Brazilian author Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist, Adultery) and reveals the ultimate secret of her life. (Release date: Nov. 22).

Victoria: Historical fiction writer Daisy Goodwin has many novels under her belt that feature women from the upper echelons of society or the nobility. This time, Goodwin takes a stab at royalty with her novel, Victoria which was adapted to a Masterpiece Presentation by Goodwin herself. The story is told from young Queen Victoria’s  point of view, revealing the dislike of her first name Alexandrina, and her initial reluctance to marry her cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. Goodwin undoubtedly brings a new vision to a part of British history, and bestows a refreshing voice to Victoria herself. (Release date: Nov. 22).

It is Well: James D. Shipman’s novel about a middle-aged widower who finds himself at odds with life. After the loss of his wife, Jonathan Beecher feels like lately he is finally faltering. Faced with the brutal reality of his son trapped on a Japanese-occupied island after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and his daughter running off with an abusive man Jonathan doesn’t know what to do. When he meets Sara, also a widow, he feels a strong attraction to her but fights to remain faithful to his wife’s memory. Can Jonathan’s profound loss perhaps be the true path to healing? (Release date:  Nov. 1).

When All the Girls Have Gone: This thriller by best-selling author Jayne Ann Krentz pulls out all the stops. After her failed attempts to contact her stepsister Jocelyn, Charlotte Sawyer automatically knows something is wrong. Forced to form an alliance with PI Max Cutler in her desperation to find Jocelyn, Charlotte has to confront things from her sister’s past which can ultimately destroy her. (Release date: Nov. 29).

I’ll Take You There: In Wally Lamb’s unique writing style, we find the story of Felix Funicello, a film scholar who runs a Monday night movie club in a bygone-era vaudeville theater. Late one night, he finds himself visited by the spirit of silent-film director Lois Weber. She offers to project on the screen pivotal moments of Felix’s life who finds himself not only watching but also reliving his often troubled history and the women who most impacted his life.  (Release date: Nov. 22).

Evelyn After: Evelyn Tester lives the tranquil life of a suburban housewife. That is until her husband is in an accident, with a strange woman as his companion. In this turbulent story by Victoria Helen Stone, Evelyn finds her existence thrown off kilter when she discovers that her famed psychiatrist husband not only has a lover, but that the woman is also his patient. Willing herself to stay silent for the sake of her family, Evelyn struggles with the desire for revenge and justice, even if it happens to be at her own expense. (Release date: Nov. 1

Tales From the Darkside – Scripts by Joe Hill: From famed horror master Joe Hill (Heart-Shaped Box, Horns) comes this gruesome script collection of dark and twisted tales, once intended for the re-boot of the once-famed television series of the same name. These stories will scare you silly and visually astound you with vivid and downright frightening illustrations. (Release date: Nov. 8).

About Adriana Delgado

Adriana Delgado is a freelance journalist, with published reviews on independent and foreign films in publications such as Cineaction magazine and on Artfilmfile.com. She also works as an Editorial News Assistant for the Palm Beach Daily News (A.K.A. The Shiny Sheet) and contributes with book reviews for the well-known publication, Library Journal.

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