Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week.
▪ Rodin’s Lover, by Heather Webb (Plume, $15) — A member of the Historical Novel Society, the author’s specialty is historical fiction (2013’s Becoming Josephine). Her latest is about Camille Claudel, who is consumed by the desire to be a sculptor in 19th-century belle époque Paris. When she is chosen for an apprenticeship by rising star Auguste Rodin (becoming his muse and more), Camille proves to be an exceptional, gifted and driven artist in a male-dominated field. Remember this: It’s a fine line between genius and madness.
▪ First Frost, by Sarah Addison Allen (St. Martin’s Press, $25.99) — The bestselling author (2014’s Lost Lake) revisits the quirky Waverley women a decade after Garden Spells ends. They’re up to their magical tricks: Claire is making her special candy and business is good, Sydney is focused on giving her husband a son, and Bay is a teenager in love. Until first frost, anything goes, including the appearance of a mysterious man with some disruptive news in Bascom, N.C. The audiobook (Brilliance Audio, $24.99) is read by veteran narrator Susan Ericksen.
▪ The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins (Riverhead, $26.95) — This buzzy new book is the author’s first novel. It’s been hailed as the next Gone Girl and has been optioned for film adaptation by DreamWorks. Main narrator Rachel Watson, whose life is a mess (she’s obsessing over her ex and she’s an alcoholic), has fashioned a fantasy world for a couple she sees on her daily commute. But when something goes wrong, poor addled Rachel is sure she has seen something that could help the investigation. She just can’t quite recall what it was.
— Celeste Williams