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Fall preview 2014: novels

Playwright and screenwriter Ian Weir follows his well-received debut novel, Daniel O’Thunder, with another work of brash historical fiction. Will Starling (Goose Lane Editions, $29.95 cl., Sept.) follows the eponymous hero, a surgeon’s assistant during the Napoleonic Wars, as he tries to find the truth behind a botched grave robbery, a prostitute accused of murder, and the so-called Doomsday Men. • In Beth Goobie’s retelling of the Persephone myth, the high-school-age daughter of a prophetess and a deacon is rechristened Jezebel by an 18-year-old pagan, who also introduces her to a world of trauma and demonic possession. Second Story Press will publish The First Principles of Dreaming ($19.95 pa.) in September. • The first novel by Vancouver writer Chelsea Rooney tells the story of a 25-year-old woman who embarks on a cross-Canada bike trip after her boyfriend and her thesis adviser both dump her on the same day. Pedal ($21.95 pa.) appears from Caitlin Press in October.

Blind SpotA failed actor returns to Edmonton following the sudden death of his parents, only to discover evidence that his mother may have been conducting a long-term affair. Laurence Miall’s debut novel, Blind Spot ($19.95 pa., Sept.), is the 38th title in NeWest Press’s Nunatak First Fiction series. • Noted YA author Richard Scarsbrook’s new comic novel, The Indifference League (Dundurn Press, $19.99 pa., Sept.), asks whether it is possible to have heroes in a world that has blurred the lines between good and evil, right and wrong. • Richard Rosenbaum follows his spring non-fiction release, Raise Some Shell: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, with a new work of fiction. Described as “a semi-metafictional tale,” Revenge of the Grand Narrative (Quattro Books, $18 pa., Oct.) is about a writer who has penned the world’s most anticipated debut novel.

Q&Q’s fall preview covers books published between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2014All information (titles, prices, publication dates, etc.) was supplied by publishers and may have been tentative at Q&Q’s press time