This week on the Blog Hop, hosted by Crazy-for-Books, the question is, what is your favorite new-to-you author this year?
So many choices! I thought about Gail Carriger, Suzanne Collins, Garth Nix, C.S. Harris, and Carrie Vaughn. And then I picked two others you might not have heard of.
The first is an author who is new to everyone, because this is her first book: Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson. Major Pettigrew is about a stuffy older gentleman in a small English town, who meets a Pakistani woman and they find themselves drawn to each other. Not surprisingly, the town disapproves but this also aggravates the complicated relationships these two characters have with their adult children and other family members. Romance isn’t the real story here; I found myself thinking a lot about my relationships with my parents and how we get entrenched in roles and assumptions that can be very hard to change. The way the character of Major Pettigrew evolves is wonderful to read.
My other pick is Jonathan Tropper, whose most recent book is called This is Where I Leave You, but this year I read two others: How to Talk To a Widower and The Book of Joe. Tropper writes modern fiction — Amazon compares him to Tom Perrotta, but I think he’s a little more like an American Nick Hornby. The writing is really light but packs a real emotional punch. Tropper writes like a guy anyone might know, and reading his books I feel like I understand just a little bit more how guys think. Tropper isn’t Hornby, and I don’t know if he’s the BEST writer I’ve read this year. But the two books I read were smart, funny, sad, painful, and fun to read all at the same time. I definitely recommend people give him a try.