1• “The Testaments”– by Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese, 9/10 . a perfect time for a handmaid’s tale sequel. In the testaments, Atwood will returns to her vision of an American conquered by a christian tyrants. It features three narrators and this was made ready 15 years after the first novel.
2• ” The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday, 7/16). It is base-on-reality tale of one black young man’s life in a juvenile-reformatory in 1960s Tennessee and highlighted everything associated with the horrors of slave trade and it’s aftermath. (It also won the National Book Award, the Pulitzer prize, and the Carnegie medal for fiction.)
3• “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” by Ocean Vuong (penguin press, 6/4). Vuong’s debut novel comes in the form of a letter written from a son to his illiterate mother, a Vietnam War refugee in America plagued by PTSD. And now “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” was meant to discover that a bold young poet’s prose is as lyrical as his poetry.
4• “Normal People,” by Sally Rooney (Hogarth, 4/16) A former champion debater at Trinity College young, and below 30, Rooney has been hailed as the “first great millennial writer”. This follow up to her acclaimed debut; conversations with friends, promise more glittery prose, deadpan sex, and witty repartee- played out on social media, email, and text. The new book is set at Trinity, like her last one, and already picking up raves and Awards.
5• ” Murder By The Book,” by Claire Harman ( Knopf, 3/26) tales of a crime, shocking, grisly murders are stacked up on every Barnes and noble entry table in the country. But Harman, who has delivered riveting, image- shifting biographies of larger- than – life Brits like Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, has such a special touch that this particular story of an 1840 high- society murder inspired by the rise of Macabre Literature itself will surely raise the stakes for the entire genre.
6• “Ginger Bread”, by Helen Oyeyemi (Riverhead, 3/5) as always, Oyeyemi juxtaposes a quaint, story book setting with Tinder references, skype conversations, and other signifiers of modernity. Ginger Bread is her tasty latest, an audacious take on Hansel and Gretel containing deep dark family secrets and sketchy business deals, among other intrigues.
7• ” Black Leopard, Red Wolf” by Marlon James (Riverhead, 2/5) this was all about a tracker who tried to find a kidnapped boy in a mythical Africa, populated by shape shifters, mermaids, witches, and flesh- eating trolls. There ‘ll be more to come in his projected trilogy, as well as the inevitable cable series.