Book choice for December 2016

Fellside [suggested by John Beresford]

Fellside

Fellside is a maximum security prison on the edge of the Yorkshire moors. It's not the kind of place you'd want to end up. But it's where Jess Moulson could be spending the rest of her life.

It's a place where even the walls whisper.

And one voice belongs to a little boy with a message for Jess.

Will she listen?
[product description from Amazon]

Author's Wikipedia page.
Author's website.

Mike Carey is also the author of The Girl With All The Gifts, which was nominated in October 2014.

 

Shortlisted for this month

The book selector for the month can choose up to three books for nomination. This month John's other choices -- intended to be on the theme of "authors whose work we've read before", which as it turns out isn't strictly true of the selected book! -- were:

About Grace

About Grace

Growing up in Alaska, young David Winkler is crippled by his dreams. At nine, he dreams a man is decapitated by a passing truck on the path outside his family's home. The next day, unable to prevent it, he witnesses an exact replay of his dream in real life. The premonitions keep coming, unstoppably. He sleepwalks during them, bringing catastrophe into his reach.

Then, as unstoppable as a vision, he falls in love, at the supermarket (exactly as he already dreamed) with Sandy. They flee south, landing in Ohio, where their daughter Grace is born. And then the visions of Grace’s death begin for Winkler, as their waterside home is inundated. Plagued by the same horrific images of Grace drowning, when the floods come, he cannot face his destiny and flees.

He beaches on a remote Caribbean island, where he works as a handyman, chipping away at his doubts and hopes, never knowing whether Grace survived the flood or met the doom he foretold. After two decades, he musters the strength to find out... [product description from Amazon]

The book has a separate page on the author's website.

Author's Wikipedia page.
Author's website.

Anthony Doerr is also the author of All The Light We Cannot See, which we read back in January.

 

Oryx & Crake

Oryx & Crake

Oryx & Crake was originally proposed back in March 2009. Since that entry was written however, the "dedicated website" for the book has been hijacked by a cement company (!) and Margaret Atwood has sorted herself out a decent website.

Atwood is also the author of The Handmaid's Tale, which we read in June 2011.

 

 

 

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