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BEA Picks: Popular Fiction

This week we have been highlighting the books that caught our eye at BookExpo America. Today, the spotlight is on popular fiction novels. BEA Popular Fictions PicksBestselling YA author Lauren Oliver has delivered her first adult novel Rooms, about two ghosts who inhabit the walls of an old house and steer the lives of the family who reside in it. Hannah Pittard’s new novel Reunion, is about a far-flung family reunited for one weekend by their father’s death. I loved this. It’s riddled with humor and always heartfelt. From Jason Mott, the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of The Returned, comes a spellbinding tale of love, sacrifice and the power of miracles. In The Wonder of All Things a plane crashes into a crowd of spectators at an air show, injuring dozens. When the dust clears, a thirteen-year-old girl named Ava is found huddled beneath a pocket of rubble with her best friend, who is injured and bleeding. But when Ava places her hands over him, the boy’s wounds miraculously disappear… A novel ten years in the making and destined to be a classic, We Are Not Ourselves heralds the arrival of a major new talent in contemporary fiction. In his debut, Matthew Thomas charts the story of the American Century, particularly the promise of domestic bliss and economic prosperity that captured hearts and minds after WWII, reminding us that life is more than just a tally of victories and defeats, and that we live to be loved. In the tradition of P.S. I Love You comes Before I Go; a heart-wrenching debut novel by Colleen Oakley about a woman with breast cancer who makes it her mission to find a new wife for her husband before she passes away. Station Eleven by bestselling author Emily St. John Mandel is set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse and tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the transient nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it. Twice shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time in 2007, David Mitchell has proved himself a genre-bending prose stylist. His new novel, The Bone Clocks, follows fifteen-year-old Holly Sykes as she slams the door on her old life after a scalding row with her mother. But Holly isn’t an average teenager; she is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. And as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality, and her nightmares come to life. Simon McDonald simon@thereadingroom.com