Ann Patchett. Harper. ISBN 978-0-06-249179-4
Patchett’s latest novel is a funny, sad, and heart-wrenching
family portrait: a collage of parents, children, stepchildren, siblings, and stepsiblings, showing how alliances and animosities
ebb and flow over time, and how a fatal accident changes the
family for good.
Steven Price. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
In 1885 London, a woman’s dismembered
body incites two men to search through
opium dens, séance halls, and foggy streets
to find an elusive master criminal.
Combining historical suspense with literary
sophistication, Price weaves a sweeping,
transporting tale of hunter and hunted.
Margaret Atwood. Hogarth.
Atwood reimagines Shakespeare’s The
Tempest by making her Prospero a prominent
theater festival director who stages a play
with prisoners. Perhaps most rewarding in
this canny remix is marveling at the ways in
which Atwood changes, updates, and parallels the original play’s magic, grief, vengeance, and
Brit Bennett. Riverhead. ISBN
Bennett’s brilliant, tumultuous novel
begins with 17-year-old Nadia Turner’s
pregnancy (the father is the local pastor’s
son) and its cover-up. Years later, living in
debt, the characters are haunted by what
might have happened if they had made different decisions.
Zadie Smith. Penguin Press. ISBN 978-1-59420-398-5
This rich, absorbing novel from the acclaimed author of White
Teeth and NW garnered a starred review. With “nuances of race
relations” that are both “subtle and explicit,”
the book tracks the friendship of two brown
girls in London who dream of being dancers,
and ranges from the metropolis to West Africa.
This Must Be the Place
Maggie O’Farrell. Knopf.
This magical love story is about the
unlikely meeting of Daniel, an American,
and Claudette, a French-English former actress, and their
struggle to hold things together in the face of a secret from
Daniel’s past. By incorporating a dizzying array of perspectives
and detail, O’Farrell has crafted a stunning exploration of how
relationships start, end, and last.
To the Bright Edge of the World
Eowyn Ivey. Little, Brown.
This riveting adventure novel follows an
1885 wilderness expedition in which Col.
Allen Forrester must map Alaska’s northern
interior, leaving his pregnant wife, Sophie,
on her own at Fort Vancouver. Perfect for