This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is about books we are looking forward to in the second half of 2017. This was a fun post for me investigating all the books that are about to come out and getting excited for them! Which of these appeals to you? What is on your list?
- We Shall Not Sleep by Estep Nagy – “The entangled pasts of two ruling class New England families come to light over three summer days on an island in Maine in this extraordinary debut novel.” – Goodreads. Expected publication date: July 4, 2017.
Why? It is interesting sounding debut novel about two WASPish families sharing an island and interconnected history off the coast of Maine.
2. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward – “In Jesmyn Ward’s first novel since her National Book Award winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first-century America. Drawing on Morrison and Faulkner, The Odyssey and the Old Testament, Ward gives us an epochal story, a journey through Mississippi’s past and present that is both an intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle. Ward is a major American writer, multiply awarded and universally lauded, and in Sing, Unburied, Sing she is at the height of her powers.” – Goodreads. Expected publication date: September 5, 2017.
Why? I’ve not read anything by this author before, however, she has won the National Book Award in the past, and this is being touted as her best work yet.
3. Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang – “Centered on a community of immigrants who have traded their endangered lives as artists in China and Taiwan for the constant struggle of life at the poverty line in 1990s New York City, Zhang’s exhilarating collection examines the many ways that family and history can weigh us down and also lift us up.” – Goodreads. Expected publication date: August 1, 2017.
Why? This is a collection of short stories about adolescent girls from China and Taiwan living in NYC. It sounds fascinating.
4. A Catalog of Birds by Laura Harrington – “Lyrical and affecting, Laura Harrington has written an artful family drama about innocence lost and wounds that may never be healed. This is a tale of forgiveness: of ourselves, of those we love best. Illuminated by grief and desire, the novel is full of spirit, wonder and the possibilities of the future.” – Goodreads. Expected publication date: July 11, 2017
Why? A novel set in the 1970’s, a family drama that sounds uplifting by an award winning author… yes please!
5. High Heel by Summer Brennan – “Fetishized, demonized, celebrated and outlawed, the high heel is central to the iconography of modern womanhood. But are high heels good? Are they feminist? What does it mean for a woman (or, for that matter, a man) to choose to wear them? Meditating on the labyrinthine nature of sexual identity and the performance of gender, High Heel moves from film to fairytale, from foot binding to feminism, and from the golden ratio to glam rock. It considers this most provocative of fashion accessories as a nexus of desire and struggle, sex and society, setting out to understand what it means to be a woman by walking a few hundred years in her shoes.” – Goodreads. Expected publication date: September 7, 2017.
Why? This is the only non-fiction book on this list. It is an essay about high heels and is part of an essay series published in partnership with The Atlantic. I am curious to see what conclusions the author draws on this subject.
6. The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld – “Three years ago, Madison Culver disappeared when her family was choosing a Christmas tree in Oregon’s Skookum National Forest. She would be eight years old now—if she has survived. Desperate to find their beloved daughter, certain someone took her, the Culvers turn to Naomi, a private investigator with an uncanny talent for locating the lost and missing. Known to the police and a select group of parents as “the Child Finder,” Naomi is their last hope.” – Goodreads. Expected publication date: September 5, 2017.
Why? Rene Denfeld’s The Enchanted is one of my favorite books. I’m very excited to read this new novel of hers.
7. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – “When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.” – Goodreads. Expected publication date: September 12, 2017
Why? Having really enjoyed Everything I Never Told You I’m really looking forward to this new novel of hers.
8. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan – “Manhattan Beach opens in Brooklyn during the Great Depression. Anna Kerrigan, nearly twelve years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Anna observes the uniformed servants, the lavishing of toys on the children, and some secret pact between her father and Dexter Styles.” – Goodreads. Expected publication date: October 3, 2017
Why? I never read Jennifer Egan’s The Goon Squad, but had heard such great things about it. I’m really looking forward to reading this next novel of hers.
9. The Resurrection of Joan Ashby by Cherise Wolas -“Epic, propulsive, incredibly ambitious, and dazzlingly written, The Resurrection of Joan Ashby is a story about sacrifice and motherhood, the burdens of expectation and genius. Cherise Wolas’s gorgeous debut introduces an indelible heroine candid about her struggles and unapologetic in her ambition.” – Goodreads. Expected publication date: August 29, 2017.
Why? The description alone is thoroughly enticing to me. Also, the reviews I’ve seen thus far have been glowing. This is the author’s first novel.
10. Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss – “One of America’s most important novelists” (New York Times), the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The History of Love, conjures an achingly beautiful and breathtakingly original novel about personal transformation that interweaves the stories of two disparate individuals—an older lawyer and a young novelist—whose transcendental search leads them to the same Israeli desert.” – Goodreads. Expected publication date: September 12, 2017.
Why? Having loved The History of Love, I’m very much looking forward to this new novel by the same author!