Real Life (Riverhead)
By Brandon Taylor
A novel of startling intimacy, violence, and mercy among friends in a
Midwestern university town, from an electric new voice.
Real Life is a novel of profound and lacerating power, a story that asks if
it’s ever really possible to overcome our private wounds, and at what
Impostures (New York University Press)
Impostures follows the roguish Abū Zayd al-Sarūjī in his adventures
around the medieval Middle East--we encounter him impersonating a
preacher, pretending to be blind, and lying to a judge. In every
escapade he shows himself to be a brilliant and persuasive
wordsmith, composing poetry, palindromes, and riddles on the spot.
Award-winning translator Michael Cooperson transforms Arabic
wordplay into English wordplay of his own, using fifty different
registers of English, from the distinctive literary styles of authors such
as Geoffrey Chaucer, Mark Twain, and Virginia Woolf, to global
varieties of English including Cockney rhyming slang, Nigerian English,
and Singaporean English.
The Vanishing Half (Riverhead)
By Brit Bennett
From The New York Times-bestselling author of The Mothers, a
stunning new novel about twin sisters, inseparable as children, who
ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one black and
Weaving together multiple strands and generations of this family,
from the Deep South to California, from the 1950s to the 1990s, Brit
Bennett produces a story that is at once a riveting, emotional family
story and a brilliant exploration of the American history of passing.
Strange Hotel (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux)
By Eimar McBride
A nameless woman enters a hotel room. She’s been here once before.
In the years since, the room hasn’t changed, but she has. Forever
caught between check-in and check-out, she will go on to occupy
other hotel rooms. From Avignon to Oslo, Auckland to Austin, each is
as anonymous as the last but bound by rules of her choosing. There,
amid the detritus of her travels, the matchbooks, cigarettes, keys and
room-service wine, she negotiates with her memories, with the men
she sometimes meets, with the clichés invented to aggravate middle-
aged women, with those she has lost or left behind--and with what it
might mean to return home.
By Kate Zambreno
Haunting and compulsively readable, Drifts is an intimate portrait of
reading, writing, and creative obsession. At work on a novel that is
overdue, spending long days walking neighborhood streets with her
restless terrier, corresponding ardently with fellow writers, the
narrator grows obsessed with the challenge of writing the present
tense, of capturing time itself.
Little Eyes (Riverhead)
By Samanta Schweblin
The characters in Samanta Schweblin's new novel, Little Eyes, reveal the
beauty of connection between far-flung souls--but yet they also expose
the ugly side of our increasingly linked world. Trusting strangers can
lead to unexpected love, playful encounters, and marvelous adventure,
but what happens when it can also pave the way for unimaginable
terror? This is a story that is already happening; it's familiar and
unsettling because it's our present and we're living it, we just don't
know it yet. In this prophecy of a story, Schweblin creates a dark and
complex world that's somehow so sensible, so recognizable, that once
it's entered, no one can ever leave.