It’s a new month! Warmer weather (hopefully) on the horizon, more time spent outdoors, the last month of school (eek) and for us bookish types, new releases to get excited about.
For those of you just showing up, I like to write a monthly post about books I am looking forward to. Almost finishing my first year working in a public library, I’ve found that it’s all about supply and demand, like most consumable items. With books, sometimes the lesser known or debut authors don’t get much shelf space, if any. I get it. But I’m also here to remind readers to request, request, request what you love or hope to read! That being said, I am a total fangirl when a favorite author returns with their latest book. I know for many readers there is anticipation this month for Kate Atkinson returning with a companion to Life After Life following younger brother Teddy titled, A God in Ruins. My feelings are still uncertain about Life After Life, since I am just reading it right now for a book group, but I know her fans are excited and multiple copies will be ordered and lining the shelves.
As usual I have the most difficult time culling the monthly list because, well, BOOKS! But I am proud to say that after starting off with 26 books, I narrowed it down to 10 which include returning authors, seven debuts and one young adult that caught my eye. (Titles will link to Goodreads for full synopsis)
Church of Marvels – Leslie Parry (May 5) 320p. This debut novel is set during the turn-of-the-century in New York where four lives intersect from different origins: the seashore, an asylum, a human circus and tenement houses. Sounds weird and wonderful!
Re Jane: A Novel – Patricia Park (May 5) 352p. I’m always on the lookout for a modern retelling or reimagining or sequel to a classic I loved. This debut is a modern retelling of Jane Eyre with a Korean American orphan as the heroine.
Boo – Neil Smith (May 12) 320p. This debut YA novel sounds appealing to all readers following a thirteen-year-old boy who is the victim of a school shooting in the afterlife. There he meets other fellow victims and possibly the shooter. Love the cover!
Girl at War: A Novel – Sara Novic (May 12) 336p. This Historical Fiction debut follows ten-year-old Ana as she flees Yugoslavia during the civil war in 1991 and then ten years later as she comes to grips with a past she has kept secret in New York. The praise also mentions “for fans of Anthony Doerr“. Those are some big shoes to fill (IMO) so we’ll see… 😉
How To Start a Fire – Lisa Lutz (May 12) 352p. I haven’t read any of Lutz’s The Spellmans mystery series but this Women’s Lit story following three unlikely friends in college who happen upon each other one fateful night, sounds like it might be a good book group pick.
The Outer Harbour – Wayde Compton (May 12) 208p. A Debut short story collection! “Moving from 2001 through to 2005, The Outer Harbour is at once a history book and a cautionary tale of the future, condensing and confounding our preconceived ideas around race, migration, gentrification, and home.”
Mislaid: A Novel – Nell Zink (May 19) 256p. “A sharply observed, mordantly funny, and startlingly original debut from an exciting, unconventional new voice, about the making and unmaking of the American family that lays bare all of our assumptions about race and racism, sexuality and desire.” So excited for this one!
Lifted by the Great Nothing – Karim Dimechkie (May 19) 304p. After emigrating from Beirut to New Jersey, Max’s father Rasheed, want to completely immerse themselves in American culture and give Max the happy childhood he dreams of. At seventeen, Max learns about his father’s lies and returns to Paris and Beirut to find out about his past. Another debut!
Our Souls at Night – Kent Haruf (May 26) 192p. After years of being alone, senior widowers Addie and Louis find each other to share their worries and triumphs during the final chapters of their lives. Haruf died last year and this was his last novel. I’ve always wanted to pick up A Tie That Binds and his Plainsong series but never have. Looking forward to starting with this one.
The Shore – Sara Taylor (May 26) 320p. “Welcome to The Shore: a collection of small islands sticking out from the coast of Virginia into the Atlantic Ocean. Where clumps of evergreens meet wild ponies, oyster-shell roads, tumble-down houses, unwanted pregnancies, murder, storm-making and dark magic in the marshes. . .” I’m hearing this debut is interconnected Short Stories, Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, an opening that wows and a novel that readers won’t soon forget. Yep, I lost restraint and requested this one.
What new releases are you looking forward to in May 2015?