Debut author Graeme Simsion had a surprise bestseller on his hands last fall with The Rosie Project. On December 30, the Australian author returns with a sequel that promises to be every bit as charming: The Rosie Effect (S&S). Don and Rosie, now married, are living in New York City. Don is pleased with the success of the Wife Project, but now he's about to embark on the Father Project—Rosie is pregnant. But is he too wrapped up in learning how to be a dad and in sorting out his best friend Gene's tumultuous love life to notice that Rosie needs him, too?
Did you read The Rosie Project? Looking forward to this sequel?
Calling all Debbie Macomber fans. Did you know that there's a new TV series called "Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove" airing on Hallmark Channel? Based on Macomber's best-selling Cedar Cove series of books—including 50 Harbor Street, 44 Cranberry Point and Rose Harbor in Bloom, which comes out on August 13—the show stars Andie MacDowell as Olivia Lockhart, a well-respected judge in the small coastal town of Cedar Cove.
Judge Lockhart is considering leaving her hometown in order to take a dream-job position as a federal judge. But what about her budding romance with the mysterious, new-to-town newspaper reporter Jack Griffith (played by Dylan Neal)? And her daughter, just coming off of a broken engagement? And the townspeople, who look to her for guidance? Will she really leave? Guess we'll have to tune in to find out! Will you be watching?
"Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove" airs on Hallmark Channel on Saturdays at 8 p.m. (EDT)/7 p.m. (CDT). Read more about the show and watch full episodes here.
We interviewed Emily Giffin back in 2010, right when the filming of Something Borrowed was about to begin. (See more on the film in this blog post about the interview.) The success of that film pushed the already popular author's sales even higher, so her many fans can now begin the countdown to the release of her next book: St. Martin's will publish Where We Belong on July 31.
As usual in a Giffin story, the book puts its (successful, smart) female protagonist in a sticky situation. Marian Caldwell is a TV producer in her 30s who has put her youthful indiscretions behind her: until the most memorable of them, 18-year-old Kirby, comes knocking at the door of her New York apartment.
Will you read Where We Belong? Who's your favorite women's fiction writer?
Last week I was excited to see that Jennifer Weiner is a judge for the 2011 Tournament of Books, but now I have even bigger news. Weiner's ninth book will come out on July 12 and be called Then Came You.
The novel is about a Princeton senior, Jules, who is on a full scholarship—and who needs cash to help her dad. She donates her eggs to a woman (India) who wants to have a late-in-life baby with her older husband. Annie (also stapped for cash) decides to be the surrogate. But then India's husband dies and names his daughter as the guardian of the unborn baby.
Weiner has tackled everything from cheating politicians to the relationship of sisters to body image. I know her readers will be eager to read this story of motherhood, parental rights, family.
Read more about Then Came You in this blog post on Bookfinds. Are you looking forward to this novel?
Big news for Saving CeeCee Honeycutt fans! We finally have some info about Beth Hoffman's second novel. If you follow Hoffman on Twitter, you already knew the title was Looking for Me. A tweet from August:
But yesterday, Publishers Marketplace officially announced the deal. Looking For Me was sold to Pamela Dorman (again)—the editor behind The Secret Life of Bees—and will be about "a woman who leaves her hardscrabble Kentucky farm life behind for the seductive world of antiques dealing in Charleston, SC, but is drawn home after her brother's disappearance."
It's no surprise that Hoffman wrote about a character fascinated by antiques; she herself owned an interior design firm.
When Trisha interviewed Hoffman back in January 2010, the author explained that furniture led to CeeCee Honeycutt!
The author channeled her creative energy into writing "story ads” for her business:
She’d “pick a piece of furniture, and write a story about it: who has it, who covets it, who got a divorce—that type of thing. It exploded! We would get people in the store with the ads in their hand, and it was just fun. And it was my way to feed the need to write.”
A customer encouraged her to write an entire book, and eventually CeeCee Honeycutt was born.
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt was hugely popular with BookPage readers. It came in as #3 on our Readers' Choice: Best Books of 2010 list, and BookPage's editors ranked in the top 40 of our Best Books of 2010.
Have you been curious about Hoffman's second novel? Now that you have some details, does it sound like something you would like?
Four months remain before Jodi Picoult's 2011 release, Sing You Home, hits stores in March—complete with a CD of custom-written tunes inspired by the main character's career as a musical therapist—but she's already sharing news about her 2012 novel.
The book, as yet untitled, is "about wolves…but it’s also about the right to die, and what happens when two siblings have very different ideas about whether or not to keep their dad alive after he suffers a traumatic brain injury," says Picoult in her latest e-newsletter. The author spent the summer doing research on wolves in England, which included "learning how to howl and doing it so convincingly that five wolf packs in the near distance start howling back at you!"
Are you looking forward to Sing You Home? Intrigued by the topic of Picoult's next work?
Kristin Gore, daughter of Al Gore, launched her literary career with two smart chick-lit novels set in the world of Washington politics. On April 26, she'll be taking her writing in a new direction with Sweet Jiminy (Hyperion), a novel set in rural Mississippi. As she said in her 2007 interview with us, "there might be a farm involved."
The farm in question belongs to heroine Jiminy's grandmother. Though Jiminy has returned to the farm in search of sanctuary after dropping out of law school, she instead discovers an unsolved mystery that dates back to the Civil Rights era. She's determined to uncover the truth, "to the dismay of those who would prefer to let sleeping dogs lie," according to the publisher.
Will you look for Sweet Jiminy in April?
Just 28 years old, Cecelia Ahern has had a writing career that many would envy. She's published several best-selling novels—her debut, P.S. I Love You [read our review], written when she was just 21, became a successful film—she created the ABC series "Samantha Who?" which ran for two seasons, and she's the author of a one-woman play, Mrs Whippy, which was performed in Dublin.
On January 25, Ahern will publish her seventh novel, The Book of Tomorrow (Harper), in the U.S. (she's one of those authors whose U.K./U.S. publishing schedule is vastly different—Tomorrows came out in October 2009 over there!) This time, her heroine is a spoiled 16-year-old who's forced to spend the summer in an isolated Irish village. It's all boredom, all the time, until Tamara finds a book with journal entries in her handwriting—dated in the future. You can read an excerpt from the book on Ahern's site, and you can find an interview with her about There's No Place Like Here (2008) on BookPage.com.
Do you like a dose of magic with your fiction?
Jodi Picoult has been in the news lately for talking about the discrepancy between the coverage given to male and female authors in most book review outlets (not an issue for BookPage!), but as we've mentioned before, 2011 will bring something new for her fans (and who knows, maybe that long-awaited review in the NYTBR). More details about Sing You Home (Atria) have been posted on Picoult's website:
Sing You Home explores what it means to be gay in today’s world, and how reproductive science has outstripped the legal system. Are embryos people or property? What challenges do same-sex couples face when it comes to marriage and adoption? What happens when religion and sexual orientation – two issues that are supposed to be justice-blind – enter the courtroom? And most importantly, what constitutes a “traditional family” in today’s day and age?
Are you intrigued? Do you have a favorite Picoult book?
I admit, I let out a gasp when I came across the catalog listing for The Uncoupling (Riverhead) by Meg Wolitzer. Her 2008 novel The Ten-Year Nap was one of my favorites of the year [read our interview here]; that was a big year for books on the "mommy wars" debate, and Wolitzer's novel took on the issue in a much more honest and entertaining way than any nonfiction study.
Her eighth novel, The Uncoupling, is inspired by Lysistrata (need I say more?). When the Stellar Plains High School drama club chooses Aristophane's classic story for the annual school play, the women of the community begin to turn away from their partners, and both men and women "are forced to look at their partners, their shared history, and their sexual selves in a new light."
Look for the book on April 4.