Solomon Jones, author of The Last Confession, a Philadelphia-based mystery with a supernatural twist, suggests: “Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry is for teens and adults who love The Walking Dead. Set in a zombie-infested America, it focuses on a kid who apprentices as a zombie hunter with his older brother.”
Chuck Wendig, author of the new The Cormorant, the tale of a cantankerous psychic caught in a murder trap, suggests: “I can sell Lauren Beukes’ The Shining Girls to you with three words: time-traveling serial killer.” Isn’t that four words? OK, so Chuck is willing to offer three more: “Incredible horror novel.”
Marie Lamba, author of Drawn, about a teen artist who finds a young man mysteriously appearing in her drawings, suggests: “The Once and Future King, by T.H. White. It takes the reader through King Arthur’s life, from when he was a youth exploring Merlin’s magic, through to the miracles of Lancelot. A rich and deep read.”
Jon McGoran, author of Drift (featured in PW this fall), suggests: “I just finished reading Ship Breaker, by Paolo Bacigalupi, a young-adult novel that looks at a tragic but highly plausible and very recognizable future. On the basis of that one book he has become one of my favorite writers, and I can’t wait to read more of his work.”
Kelly Simmons, author of The Bird House, a family story that features a spirited grandmother, suggests: “I have been raving to anyone who will listen about Colum McCann’s Transatlantic. A beautiful historical novel told in connected stories. Simple language, unforgettable characters.”
E.C. Myers, author of Fair Coin, a fantasy tale about a cosmically strange coin toss, suggests: “I own multiple copies of Doomsday Book by Connie Willis, specifically to lend out to people. It appeals to a broad range of people, including literary types and young adults, and it’s even kind of Christmassy.”
You’re about to buy books as holiday gifts this month. Before you get them from a national retailer, consider the story of Giovanni’s Room.