New fiction roundup – August 2017

The dog days of summer are here – check out a book hot off the presses to round out your summer reading.

8/1: Pieces of Happiness by Anne Ostby – A novel of five lifelong friends who, in their sixties, decide to live together on a cocoa farm in Fiji, where they start a chocolate business, strengthen their friendships and rediscover themselves.

8/1: Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta – Struggling to adjust to her empty nest when her only son goes off to college, middle-aged divorcee Eve discovers sex in the online age in this novel about sex, love, and identity on the frontlines of America’s culture wars.

8/1: The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson – An ancient group of clockwork automaton robots who can pass for human have lived among humans for millennia, determined to keep their existence a secret – until they’re discovered by anthropologist June Stefanov.

8/1: Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang – This debut short story collection conjures the experiences of adolescence through the eyes of Chinese American girls growing up in New York City. The first title from Lena Dunham’s Lenny publishing imprint at Random House, designed to highlight emerging voices.

8/15: Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie – In this modern-day Antigone, Isma has a chance to pursue a dream deferred for years after raising her siblings, but finds herself worrying about the influence of a powerful politician’s son and the way he drives the family to choose between love and loyalty. Recently longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2017.

8/15: The Mountain by Paul Yoon – This collection of six tender short stories features characters displaced by the after effects of war and physical and emotional turmoil, with locales ranging from the Hudson Valley to the Russian Far East following World War II.

8/22: Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo – Secure in the love of her husband despite cultural pressures for him to have a polygamous marriage, Yejide is overwhelmed when her initial inability to become pregnant compels her husband to take a second wife, a situation that leads to her own desperate and fateful quest to conceive a child.

8/22: The History of Bees by Maja Lunde – Three interwoven tales from 1851, 2007, and 2098 tell the story of our dependency on bees. A bestseller in Lunde’s native Norway.

8/22: Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore – Milo has been reincarnated more than any other human, enjoying his lives and growing wise without ever achieving the ultimate goal of perfection. He’s in love with Death, also called Suzi. Unfortunately, he’s about to learn there are a limit on how many chances you can get at perfection.

8/29: The Burning Girl by Claire Messud – Julia and Cassie were once inseparable until faced with the pressures of middle school. Messud captures the anguish of the early teen years in this story of an extremely close friendship and its tragic unraveling.

~ posted by Andrea G.

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