BOOK PREVIEW What's coming this month
PAUL AUSTER: "The Book of Illusions" (Henry Holt): A novel about a man's obsession with a silent-film star.CONNIE BRISCOE: "P.G. County" (Doubleday): The lives, loves and secrets of the powerful and beautiful African- Americans living in an exclusive enclave.TERRY BROOKS: "Morgawr" (Del Rey): The conclusion of the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara fantasy trilogy.SANDRA CISNEROS: "Caramelo" (Knopf): This multigenerational story of a Mexican-American family by the author of "The House on Mango Street" is being published simultaneously in Spanish.JEFFREY EUGENIDES: "Middlesex" (Farrar, Straus & amp; Giroux): The author of "The Virgin Suicides" returns with a novel about a gene that's passed down through three generations of a Greek-American family and flowers in the body of a teenage girl--who suspects she is not really a girl.ALAN FURST: "Blood of Victory" (Random House): A Russian journalist is recruited by the British secret service in 1940 Istanbul.JULIE GARWOOD: "Killjoy" (Ballantine): An FBI profiler finds that the disappearance of a woman hits close to home.JOANNE HARRIS: "Coastliners" (Morrow): The author of "Chocolat" writes of a woman who returns to a French island after a decade in Paris.LIAN HEARN: "Across the Nightingale Floor" (Riverhead): The first entry in The Otori Trilogy is set in an imaginary, ancient Japanese society dominated by warring clans.
A.M. HOMES: "Things You Should Know" (HarperCollins): A collection of stories by the author of "The Safety of Objects."GAO XINGJIAN: "One Man's Bible" (HarperCollins): A fictionalized account of the Nobel Prize-winning author's experience of China's brutal Cultural Revolution.MARTHA GRIMES: "The Grave Maurice" (Viking): As Scotland Yard's Richard Jury recovers from his last case, his friend Melrose Plant helps him search for a missing girl and a racehorse.JAMES GRIPPANDO: "Beyond Suspicion" (HarperCollins): The Florida thriller writer brings back the hero of "The Pardon," lawyer Jack Swyteck, who now becomes a murder suspect.CASSANDRA KING: "The Sunday Wife" (Hyperion): A minister's wife in North Florida struggles to fulfill her own dreams.STEPHEN KING: "From a Buick 8" (Scribner): An abandoned Buick hidden in a police barracks is no ordinary car.MIKE LUPICA: "Wild Pitch" (Putnam): A washed-up, one-time pitching phenom gets a second chance to make it back to the bigs.VAL MCDERMID: "The Last Temptation" (St. Martin's Minotaur): A twisted killer starts targeting psychologists across northern Europe.DANIEL MASON: "The Piano Tuner" (Knopf): A first novel about a British piano tuner who travels to the jungles of Burma in 1886.ROHINTON MISTRY: "Family Matters" (Knopf): The author of "A Small Matter" writes of a fractured family and its elderly, ill patriarch in 1990s Bombay.CAROL O'CONNELL: "Crime School" (Putnam): Wild child turned New York cop Mallory confronts her past in a case involving a dead prostitute.CHUCK PALAHNIUK: "Lullaby" (Doubleday): The author of "Fight Club" delivers an apocalyptic thriller about a verbal virus.ROBERT B. PARKER: "Shrink Rap" (Putnam): Boston P.I. Sunny Randall goes on the road to protect a best-selling author.ELIOT PATTISON: "Bone Mountain" (St. Martin's Minotaur): An ex-Beijing police inspector is on the run from the Chinese army in this thriller from the author of The Skull Mantra.NANI POWER: "The Good Remains" (Grove Press): A tribute to A Christmas Carol set in a tightly knit Southern town.LYNN PRUETT: "Ruby River" (Atlantic Monthly Press): This first novel chronicles the life of a young widowed mother raising four girls while running an Alabama truck stop.ANNA QUINDLEN: "Blessings" (Random House): A novel about a caretaker who finds an abandoned baby and decides he wants to keep her.JOHN RIDLEY: "The Drift" (Knopf): A train tramp searches for a missing girl.JOANNA SCOTT: "Tourmaline" (Little, Brown): An American family trying to make a fortune in gemstones on an Italian island becomes involved in the disappearance of a mysterious local girl.LEE SMITH: "The Last Girls" (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill): Four college friends reunite for a trip down the Mississippi River.ZADIE SMITH: "The Autograph Man" (Random House): The author of "White Teeth" returns with the tale of an autograph-seller searching for the one that matters most to him.NICHOLAS SPARKS: "Nights in Rodanthe" (Warner Books): A middle-aged woman abandoned by her husband flees to a coastal town.NICK TOSCHES: "In the Hand of Dante" (Little, Brown): A novel based on the life of Dante, a stolen masterpiece and a thief/writer named Nick Tosches.ZOE VALDES: "Dear First Love" (HarperCollins): A woman goes in search of the girl she fell in love with as a teenager.IRVINE WELSH: "Porno" (Norton): The Trainspotting crew returns 10 years later, scheming this time to make a porno film.