The air smells fresher, the days are suddenly shorter, and the family is starting up its new schedule of school and lessons: it must be fall. It’s a beautiful time of the year, but makes me want comfort all the same (maybe it’s all that sauteeing just to get the slow cooker on in the morning?). Here are my fiction picks for a cozy fall:
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman – Isabel and Tom long for a child. When a supposed orphan washes ashore, they assume their prayers have been answered. When the child’s mother turns out to be alive, Isabel and Tom face a heart-wrenching moral dilemma.
Winter of the World by Ken Follett – Ken Follett has the amazing ability to make the world outside disappear for hours and even whole days. This sequel picks up where Fall of Giants left off and carries through to WWII.
The Map of the Sky by Felix J. Palma — A socialite agrees to marry a millionaire on the condition that he recreate the alien invasion from H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. This is just one of three interconnected plots in Palma’s follow up to The Map of Time (incidentally one of the most enjoyable books I read last year).
John Saturnall’s Feastby Lawrence Norfolk – An orphan boy whose mother was an accused witch is taken in as a kitchen hand in this sumptuous work of historical foodie fiction.
The Art Forgerby B.A. Shapiro – In 1993, $500 million worth of art was stolen from a museum in Boston. Among the stolen works were a Rembrandt, a Manet, and a Degas. These works were never recovered. This is a fictional account of this astonishing heist.
Secret Book of Frida Kahloby F.G. Haghenbeck – An irresistible premise: the fictional diary of artist Frida Kahlo interspersed with recipes.
Little Star by John Ajvide Lindqvist. Some of us find comfort in the dark side, at least as far as reading is concerned. This is my #1 pick for Fall 2012. Social misfits. Angst. The supernatural. For me, this book is has it all… except zombies.