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Adult Fiction - Staff Recommendations

Winter Fiction
created by Sarah Glogowski

From sea adventures to Swedish mysteries, these books are all set during the cold winter months.


Bird Artist

Bird Artist
By Norman, Howard
1994-07 - Farrar Straus Giroux
0374113300 Check Our Catalog

The Bird Artist, Howard Norman's spellbinding new novel, is set in Newfoundland in 1911. Fabian Vas's story, told with disarming simplicity and grace, takes place against a spare and profoundly beautiful landscape where the most powerful of emotions stand out starkly against naked rock, sea and sky. At age twenty, Fabian is working at the boat yard, taking a correspondence course in bird painting, and sleeping with Margaret Handle, a woman of great beauty, intelligence and waywardness - though his parents are determined to marry him to a distant relation he has never met. Then his father leaves on a long hunting expedition, his mother takes up with the lighthouse keeper, Botho August, and Fabian's world loses most of its bearings. The Bird Artist reveals the fire at the heart of human interactions with a rare and enthralling directness. …More

Drowning Ruth

Drowning Ruth
By Schwarz, Christina
2000-08 - Doubleday Books
038549971X Check Our Catalog

"Drowning Ruth" is a mesmerizing first novel set in the period of post-World War I about the ties that bind sisters together and the forces that drive them apart. …More

Ethan Frome & Summer

Ethan Frome & Summer
By Wharton, Edith
Introduction by Strout, Elizabeth
2001-05 - Modern Library
0375757287 Check Our Catalog

This edition presents Wharton's two most controversial stories, which she considered inseperable, in one volume for the first time. Set in frigid New England, both deal with sexual awakening and appetite and their devastating consequences. This text includes newly commissioned notes. …More

Faceless Killers

Faceless Killers
By Mankell, Henning
2003-01 - Vintage Books USA
1400031575 Check Our Catalog

First in the Kurt Wallander series.
It was a senselessly violent crime: on a cold night in a remote Swedish farmhouse an elderly farmer is bludgeoned to death, and his wife is left to die with a noose around her neck. And as if this didn't present enough problems for the Ystad police Inspector Kurt Wallander, the dying woman's last word is "foreign, leaving the police the one tangible clue they have-and in the process, the match that could inflame Sweden's already smoldering anti-immigrant sentiments.
Unlike the situation with his ex-wife, his estranged daughter, or the beautiful but married young prosecuter who has peaked his interest, in this case, Wallander finds a problem he can handle. He quickly becomes obsessed with solving the crime before the already tense situation explodes, but soon comes to realize that it will require all his reserves of energy and dedication to solve.


By Koontz, Dean R.
2000-09 - Bantam
0553582909 Check Our Catalog






The Ice Harvest

The Ice Harvest
By Phillips, Scott
2000-10 - Ballantine Books
0345440188 Check Our Catalog

Lawyer Charlie Arglist is looking to say goodbye to Wichita by revisiting the landscape of his used-up life. Yet before the sun rises, before he can leave town with a suitcase of stolen money, Charlie's ultimate scam explodes, uncovering a world full of twists that offers no mercy and allows few survivors. …More

The Ice Storm

The Ice Storm
By Moody, Rick
2002-04 - Back Bay Books
0316706000 Check Our Catalog

The year is 1973. As a freak winter storm bears down on an exclusive, affluent suburb in Connecticut, cark skid out of control, men and women swap partners, and their children experiment with sex, drugs, and even suicide. Here two families, the Hoods and the Williamses, com face-to-face with the seething emotions behind the well-clipped lawns of their lives-in a novel widely hailed as a funny, acerbic, and moving hymn to a dazed and confused era of American life. …More

Northern Lights

Northern Lights
By O'Brien, Tim
1999-08 - Broadway Books
0767904419 Check Our Catalog

Originally published in 1975, Tim O'Brien's debut novel demonstrates the emotional complexity and enthralling narrative tension that later earned him the National Book Award. At its core is the relationship between two brothers: one who went to Vietnam and one who stayed at home. As the two brothers struggle against an unexpected blizzard in Minnesota's remote north woods, what they discover about themselves and each other will change both of them for ever. …More


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By Patchett, Ann
2007-10 - Harper
9780061340635 Check Our Catalog

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The highly anticipated new novel from the bestselling author of Bel Canto is an engrossing story of a fateful night and day that will change everything for one Boston family. At its center, Run is about what defines family and the lengths to which we will go to protect our children.

Smilla's Sense of Snow

Smilla's Sense of Snow
By Hoeg, Peter
Author Heg, Peter
1995-10 - Delta
0385315147 Check Our Catalog

She thinks more highly of snow and ice than she does of love. She lives in a world of numbers, science and memories--a dark, exotic stranger in a strange land. And now Smilla Jaspersen is convinced she has uncovered a shattering crime...
It happened in the Copenhagen snow. A six-year-old boy, a Greenlander like Smilla, fell to his death from the top of his apartment building. While the boy's body is still warm, the police pronounce his death an accident. But Smilla knows her young neighbor didn't fall from the roof on his own. Soon she is following a path of clues as clear to her as footsteps in the snow. For her dead neighbor, and for herself, she must embark on a harrowing journey of lies, revelation and violence that will take her back to the world of ice and snow from which she comes, where an explosive secret waits beneath the ice....

Snow Angels

Snow Angels
By Thompson, James
2010-01 - Putnam Adult
9780399156175 Check Our Catalog

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The first thriller in a new series, "Snow Angels" features Inspector Kari Vaara, the haunted, hardened detective who must delve into Finland's dark, violent underbelly. …More

Snowed in

Snowed in
By Bartolomeo, Christina
2004-11 - St. Martin's Press
0312320884 Check Our Catalog

This touching and witty new novel is written by the author of "This Side of Angels." …More

The Tenderness of Wolves

The Tenderness of Wolves
By Penney, Stef
2007-07 - Simon & Schuster
9781416540748 Check Our Catalog

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In this brutal, epic debut novel, a man is found murdered and a 17-year-old boy is on the run. While vigilantes and rescue searchers head out to look for the fugitive, all the mother of the boy wants is her son back. She will do anything to see him home safe, even at the peril of her own life.

The Voyage of the Narwhal

The Voyage of the Narwhal
By Barrett, Andrea
1998-09 - W. W. Norton & Company
039304632X Check Our Catalog

A major novel by the author of "Ship Fever", winner of the 1996 National Book Award for fiction. Part adventure, part love story, this unforgettable novel captures a crucial moment in the history of exploration. Combining fact and fiction, the story focuses on Erasmus Darwin Wells, a 19th-century scholar/naturalist and his expedition to search for an open polar sea. NPR feature. …More

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice
By Pilcher, Rosamunde
2000-08 - Thomas Dunne Books
0312244266 Check Our Catalog

With "Winter Solstice", the bestselling author of "The Shell Seekers" brings her readers into the lives of five very different but equally intriguing people. Plagued by loneliness, regret, abandonment, and loss, they are united by fate in a dilapidated estate house in Northern Scotland. It is in this house, on the shortest day of the year, that they will find each other and ultimately find themselves. …More

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