307-59417-4). In Morrison’s short, emotionally wrenching novel, her first since
2012’s Home, a mother learns about the
damage adults do to children and the
choices children make as they grow to suppress, express, or overcome their shame.
200,000-copy announced first printing.
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
(June 2, hardcover, $27.95, ISBN 978-1-
101-87504-9). Using a series of passenger
airplane crashes in New Jersey in the early
1950s as a backdrop, Blume bring readers
the lives of three generations of families,
friends, and strangers who will be profoundly affected by these events, either
directly or indirectly.
The Thing About Great White Sharks
by Rebecca Adams Wright (Feb. 10, paper,
$14.95, ISBN 978-1-4778-2107-7). These
15 literary stories range from speculative fiction and science fiction to everyday life,
examining how we react to violence and love,
and what it means to have compassion—
whether after a war, in a shark infested world,
during an alien invasion, or in a marriage.
A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson (May
5, hardcover, $28, ISBN 978-0-316-
17653-8). The follow-up to Atkinson’s
bestseller Life After Life tells the story of
Ursula Todd’s beloved younger brother,
Teddy—would-be poet, RAF bomber
pilot, husband, and father—as he navigates
the perils and progress of the 20th century.
150,000-copy announced first printing.
The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma
(Apr. 14, hardcover, $26, ISBN 978-0-
316-33837-0). Four brothers encounter a
madman whose prophecy of violence
threatens the core of their family in this
exciting debut novel. 40,000-copy
announced first printing.
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The Divine Punishment by Sergio
Ramirez, trans. by Nick Caistor (May 6,
hardcover, $30, ISBN 978-1-62054-014-5)
is based on the most celebrated criminal trial
in Nicaraguan history following the murders in 1933 of three high society women by
a Casanova named Oliverio Castaneda. Carlos Fuentes said of the novel, first published
25 years ago and just available in English,
“Between the fullness of comedy and the
imminence of tragedy, Sergio Ramirez has
written the great novel of Central America.”
Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese
(Apr. 14, hardcover, $24, ISBN 978-1-
57131-115-3). When Franklin Starlight is
called to visit his father, their complicated
past evokes mixed emotions. On arriving,
he finds Eldon on the edge of death, decimated from years of drinking. The two
undertake a difficult journey into the
mountainous backcountry, in search of a
place for Eldon to die.
Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geron-
imo Johnson (Feb. 17, hardcover, $25.99,
ISBN 978-0-06-230212-0). From the
PEN/Faulkner finalist and critically
acclaimed author of Hold It ’Til It Hurts
comes a dark and socially provocative
Southern-fried comedy about four liberal
UC Berkeley students who stage a mock
lynching during a Civil War re-enactment.
100,000-copy announced first printing.
The Musical Brain by Cesar Aira, trans.
by Chris Andrews (Mar. 3, hardcover,
$29.95, ISBN 978-0-8112-2029-3). A
delirious collection of short stories from the
Latin American master of microfiction,
presents an exhilarating collection of characters, places, and ideas.
Love Hotel by Jane Unrue (Feb. 10,
paperback, $15.95, ISBN 978-0-8112-
2270-9). Working on behalf of a cunning
and mysterious couple, a woman embarks
on a haunting search for a stranger (a child?
somebody’s lover? a ghost?) and undertakes
a perplexing, dangerous, deeply layered,
and apparently timeless journey originating
on a secluded country estate and leading
deep into the erotic center of a transient
location in the city.
The Queen’s Caprice by Jean Echenoz,
trans. by Linda Coverdale (Apr. 7, hardcover, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-62097-065-2).
The title story of this collection explores a
tiny corner of the French countryside;
“Nelson” offers a brilliant miniaturist portrait of the hero of the Battle of Trafalgar;
other stories visit the forests of England;
the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris; Tampa
Bay, Fla.; and the interior of a submarine.
NEW YORK REVIEW BOOKS
A Family Lexicon by Natalia Ginzburg,
trans. by Jenny McPhee, intro. by Peg Boyers (June 9, paper, $14.95, ISBN 978-1-
59017-838-6). One of the most famous
European postwar novels, A Family Lexicon
is a mesmerizing hybrid of memoir and
novel and the author’s most lauded work.
The Prank: The Best of Young Chek-
hov by Anton Chekhov, trans. by Maria
Bloshteyn (May 19, paper, $14.95, ISBN
978-1-59017-836-2). In 1880, Anton
Chekhov set out to edit and publish what
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Discovering Life’s Second Course
in Ireland with Multiple Sclerosis
Trevis L. Gleason