This is another small list for me this month. Like last month, I kept this one short and you’ll find mostly short story collections because they have been working so well for me this year. I’m also going to BEA in a few weeks and want to keep my options open. Who knows what I’ll pick up? I’m going without a plan (except for transportation and book speed dating) and feel nervous and excited about just letting things happen. Mostly I’m excited to meet up with fellow book bloggers! Blurbs and links: Goodreads.
Eleven Hours – Pamela Erens (May 3/ 176 p./ Tin House Books) Reading about two women who meet in a hospital while one goes through childbirth might not sound like a pleasant read, but I’m wildly curious about this one. “Eleven Hours is the story of two soon-to-be mothers who, in the midst of a difficult labor, are forced to reckon with their pasts and re-create their futures.”
Allegheny Front – Matthew Neill Null (May 10/ 192 p./ Sarabande Books) “Set in the author’s homeland of West Virginia, this panoramic collection of stories traces the people and animals who live in precarious balance in the mountains of Appalachia over a span of two hundred years, in a disappearing rural world.”
The Pier Falls – Mark Haddon (May 10/ 320 p./Doubleday) I really enjoyed Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and after reading this little blurb about his collection of short stories, I had to add it to this month’s list: “Cut with lean prose and drawing inventively from history, myth, fairy tales, and, above all, the deep well of empathy that made his three novels so compelling, The Pier Falls reveals a previously unseen side of the celebrated author.”
Some Possible Solutions – Helen Phillips (May 31/ 224 p. /Henry Holt & Co.) Another author whose work I enjoyed last year, The Beautiful Bureaucrat, is coming out with short stories that I am sure will be weird and wonderful. “By turns surreal, witty, and perplexing, these marvelous stories are ultimately a reflection of our own reality and of the big questions that we all face. Who are we? Where do we fit?”
Before The Fall – Noah Hawley (May 31/ 400 p./Grand Central Publishing) It’s been a while since I’ve read a page-turning, suspense novel and this one sounds like it will do the trick. The premise: a private plane crashes with mostly privileged people and the only two survivors are a less-fortunate painter and a four-year-old boy. “Amid pulse-quickening suspense, the fragile relationship between Scott and the young boy glows at the heart of this stunning novel, raising questions of fate, human nature, and the inextricable ties that bind us together.“
What new releases are you looking forward to this month?