New fiction roundup, April 2019

Now back to our regularly scheduled programming, and the books actually coming out this April. In the fiction realm, you have several options for revisiting high school and its lasting impacts; stories of immigrants trying to forge their lives in the United States; and much more. Happy Reading!

4/2: The Affairs of the Falcóns by Melissa Rivero – Ana Falcón fled the political strife of Peru in the 1990s with her husband and their two young children. Undocumented, in debt to a loan shark, and soon to be evicted, what lengths will Ana go to in order to a build a new life?

4/9: The Book of Dreams by Nina George – After rescuing a girl from a river, Henri is hit by a car. Comatose in the hospital, he dreams, remember fairy tales and secrets from his past. Grouped around his bed are his teenage son, and former love, and another patient, each there hoping to wake Henri up and also to find their own purpose.

4/2: The Editor by Steven Rowley – James sells a highly autobiographical novel and lands Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis as his editor. When the forthcoming publication threatens to unravel his family relationships, Jackie encourages him to go home, set things right, and write an authentic ending to his novel.

Book cover image of Lights All Night Long by Lydia Fitzpatrick4/2: Lights All Night Long by Lydia Fitzpatrick – In the United States as an exchange student, Ilya can’t stop thinking of his brother, home in their small Russian town and arrested for murder just as Ilya left.

4/2: Lost and Wanted by Nell Freudenberger – Physicist Helen rejects all possibility of the supernatural in favor of rational thought; and then she gets a phone call from her best friend from college Charlotte, who has recently died.

4/2: Women Talking by Miriam Toews – in the wake of a series of rapes perpetrated by their neighbors and family members, the women of a contemporary Bolivian Mennonite community gather to secretly discuss what they will do: stay and fight, or leave. A Peak Pick!

4/2: A Wonderful Stroke of Luck by Ann Beattie – Years after falling under the tutelage of a charismatic teacher, Ben’s carefully maintained equilibrium is upset when the teacher reappears in his life.

4/2: Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine – In this debut short story collection, Latinas of Indigenous descent living in the American West navigate the land and the complexities of their lives.

4/9: Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly – 1914 and the world is on the brink of war. As the Russian Revolution kicks off, the lives of Eliza, Sofya, and Varinka will intersect in profound ways, from the streets of St. Petersburg to the avenues of Paris and across the Atlantic to Long Island.

4/9: Trust Exercise by Susan Choi – Attending a competitive performing arts high school in the 1980s, David and Sarah fall in love, oblivious to family dynamics and economic status. When the outside world intrudes, it triggers a spiral with impacts deep into their adult lives. A Peak Pick!

4/16: The Department of Sensitive Crimes by Alexander McCall Smith – In Sweden, the Sensitive Crimes Division handles the strange, small cases other detectives can’t be bothered to work, from a missing imaginary boyfriend to a man stabbed in the back of the knee. A Peak Pick!

4/16: Feast Your Eyes by Myla Goldberg – Told as a series of catalogue notes from a photography exhibit, we hear the story of photographer Lillian Preston as she grappled with ambition and motherhood.

4/16: Miracle Creek by Angie Kim – When an experimental medical treatment device explodes and kills two people, the couple who run the device are charged with murder, with secrets revealed during the trial upending a rural Virginia community.

4/16: Normal People by Sally Rooney – Two teenagers, one popular and the other on the fringes, are secret friends. When their popularity roles are reversed at college, their friendship is tested but they find themselves irresistibly drawn back together. A Peak Pick!

4/23: Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan – In 1980s London, Charlie spends inheritance buying Adam, one of just 24 new robotic humans. As Charlies tries to court Miranda, his upstairs neighbor, only to have it become a love triangle involving Adam and a moral dilemma at its heart.  A Peak Pick!

Book cover image of Spring by Ali Smith4/30: The Invited by Jennifer McMahon – Helen and Nate move to the country to build their dream house. When former history teacher Helen learns of the property’s violent past, she becomes obsessed with the women who mysteriously died there and with the ghosts that might remain.

4/30: Spring by Ali Smith – Book three in Smith’s Seasonal Quartet looks at spring as a great connector and reflects on the changing nature of storytelling in an era of changing environments, shifting political landscapes, and more.

4/30: Walking on the Ceiling by Aysegul Savas – A young Turkish woman moves from Istanbul to Paris where she happens to meet her favorite author. Thus begins an unusual friendship of correspondence and long walks in the city as she grapples with her past.

~ posted by Andrea G.

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