New books from Ashley Hay, Robert Morgan and Kathleen Grissom

Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:

▪ The Railwayman’s Wife by Ashley Hay (Atria, $26) — The Australian author (The Body in the Clouds) found inspiration in a decades-old family tragedy. Her grandfather, a guard on the railways, was killed on the job in the early 1950s. Hay’s poetic story of love, loss and moving on focuses on a widow (one much like her grandmother), a poet and a doctor in an Australian coastal town during the aftermath of World War II.

▪ Chasing the North Star by Robert Morgan (Algonquin Books, $25.95) — This is the story of Jonah, a South Carolina slave in 1850 who decides to leave the plantation on his 18th birthday. The free-spirited (and secretly self-educated) young man doesn’t have a map, but he does know to follow the North Star. Bounty hunters are unable to keep up, but another determined slave, Angel, sees Jonah as her guide to freedom.

▪ Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom (Simon & Schuster, $25.99) — The author has written a stand-alone follow-up to The Kitchen House, her 2010 bestseller. In it, Jamie Pyke, son of a slave and her master, escaped to freedom via the Underground Railroad and now passes as a wealthy white silversmith. Grissom’s book tour stops at the North Richland Hills Library (9015 Grand Ave.) at noon Tuesday.

David Martindale, Special to the Star-Telegram