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Barclay, Linwood. No Time for Goodbye. Bantam. Oct. 2007. 352p. ISBN 978-0-553-80555-0. $22.
High schooler Cynthia wakes up to find that the rest of her family has vanished. Years later, she starts getting scary inklings of what really happened. From a Toronto Star columnist; multiple rights sales and the book's inclusion in Bantam Dell's podcast program promise good things to come.
Barrett, Andrea. The Air We Breathe, Norton, Oct. 2007. 320p. ISBN 978-0-393-06108-6. $24.95.
The dangers of talk: During World War I, at a sanitarium in the Adirondacks, a discussion group's weekly conversations lead to tragedy and eventually anti-immigrant sentiment directed at some of the patients. With a 14-city tour; reading group guide.
Cornwell, Patricia. Book of the Dead, Putnam, Oct. 2007. 416p. ISBN 978-0-399-15393-8. $26.95. CD: Penguin Audio.
Kay Scarpetta just wants to settle down in Charleston and do her job, but suicide, ritual murder, and sabotage keep getting in the way. A BOMC, Literary Guild[R], Doubleday Book Club[R], and Mystery Guild[R] main selection.
Donaldson, Stephen R. Fatal Revenant: The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. Putnam. Oct. 2007. 640p. ISBN 978-0-399-15446-1. $27.95.
Never mind that Thomas Covenant was supposed to die in The Runes of the Earth. He's back in this sequel, though he's a changed and difficult man. With a national tour.
Follett, Ken. World Without End, Dutton. Oct. 2007. 992p. ISBN 978-0-525-95007-3. $35. CD: Penguin Audio.
Follett here follows up The Pillars of the Earth, an account of a cathedral's construction in 12th-century England and his biggest best seller. Two centuries later, the cathedral is complete, but the intrigues continue.
Gold, August & Joel Fotinos. The Prayer Chest. Doubleday. Oct. 2007. 180p. ISBN 978-0-385-52023-2. $15.95.
A widowed father who's about to lose his farm finds something we could all use: a prayer chest with three secrets that can change one's life. By Interfaith minister Gold and Fotinos, Tarcher's publisher and a New Thought minister; with a reading group guide.
Govrin, Michal. Snapshots. Riverhead: Penguin Group (USA). Oct. 2007. 288p. ISBN 978-1-59448-959-4. $25.95.
A leading Israeli intellectual is killed in a car accident, and her estranged husband must sort out the notes, drawings, and snapshots she left behind to understand who she really was. Winner of Israel's Akum Prize for Book of the Year.