Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:
▪ The Courtesan by Alexandra Curry (Dutton, $26.95) — In her debut novel, the author presents a fictional account of Jinhua, a legendary woman who came of age during the end of the Qing dynasty. Orphaned at age 7, Jinhua is sold to an abusive brothel, becomes the concubine of a scholar, travels to Vienna, finds her “Great Love” and survives the Boxer Rebellion. Emily Woo Zeller reads the audiobook (HighBridge Co., $35.99).
▪ The Girl in the Spider’s Web: A Lisbeth Salander Novel by David Lagercrantz (Knopf, $27.95) — The bestselling Swedish author continues Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Series with the controversial follow-up to The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. Super-hacker Lisbeth Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist team up once again to thwart a global threat, and Lagercrantz promises Larsson’s fans will “feel at home” with this sequel.
▪ Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg (Gallery/Scout Press, $26) — The author has written a pair of bestselling memoirs, but this is his debut novel. When June’s entire family dies after her house explodes — just hours before her daughter’s wedding day, the tragedy touches lives throughout the small Connecticut community now connected by the loss. The author narrates the audiobook (Simon & Schuster Audio, $29.99).
— Celeste Williams
Meet the author
Emily St. John Mandel will give a free lecture on her bestselling book, Station Eleven — chosen as the 2015 SMU Reads selection — at 6 p.m. Wednesday at McFarlin Auditorium, 6405 Boaz Lane, on the university campus. The public is invited.