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This just in: New fiction at Eagle Valley libraries

Each month Eagle Valley Library District libraries receive shipments of new fiction books. Here's a sampling of new titles from the latest shipment.

The dark, cold winter nights provide an excellent atmosphere to read Anne Rice's newest novel, "The Wolf Gift." A young reporter is sent to write about a magnificent family home on the coast of Northern California. His older hostess begins telling her family story with a sense of urgency. A once idyllic night is suddenly shattered by violence. The young man is attacked and bitten by an unseen beast. Soon the young man is torn between the ecstasy and horror that he experiences as part of the wolf gift.

"The Snow Child" by Eowyn Ivey is another book for a winter night where the reader is balanced between reality and fantasy. In 1920s Alaska, a homesteading couple desperately wish for a child of their own. During the season's first snowfall they playfully build a child from snow. The following morning the snow child is gone, replaced by a trail of tiny footprints.

Soon a young child, Faina, shows up on their doorstep. She seems a magical child, hunting with a red fox and somehow managing to survive alone. But they find things are not as they appear.

"Girl Reading" by Katie Ward is a book of seven short stories detailing the stories behind paintings depicting girls reading. The stories are fiction, but the paintings, photographs and artists are real.

"The Last Storyteller" is Frank Delaney's newest addition to the series of historical fiction novels set in Ireland. Delaney's novel is "brimming with fascinating Irish history, daring intrigue, and the drama of legendary love." Set in 1956 tumultuous Ireland, Ben falls in with an IRA sympathizer and becomes a reluctant gun runner.

Forcibly parted from his wife, Venetia, years ago, Ben is determined to reunite with her when she returns to Ireland with her new husband. He is following advice given by his beloved mentor - making the most important story, his own life story, a good story.

"The Bedlam Detective" by Stephen Gallagher follows Becker who investigates the mental health of wealthy eccentrics to see if they are capable of managing their own affairs. His investigation of a wealthy landowner whose family and colleagues died in the Amazon coincides with the disappearance of two local girls. Even after an innocent man is convicted, Becker continues his search for the truth. His investigation forces him to confront madmen and monsters both real and imagined.

These books filled with fantasy, mystery and imagination wait at your local library.

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