I know I’m a little late, but like any book-lover, I’m a sucker for a good book. As you might have seen from Goodreads and other fantastic websites, 2016 looks to be a promising year for literature. Here’s a shortlisted pick of my six most anticipated novels from January until June 2016 — and if you think I missed out on a great piece of literature, let me know in the comments.
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Girl Through Glass by Sari Wilson
In the roiling summer of 1977, eleven-year-old Mira is an aspring ballerina in the romantic, highly competitive world of New York City ballet. Enduring the mess of her parent’s divorce, she finds escape in dance — the rigorous hours of practice, the exquisite beauty, the precision of movement, the obsessive perfectionism. Ballet offers her control, power, and the promise of glory. It also introduces her to forty-seven-year-old Maurice DuPont, a reclusive, charismatic balletomane who becomes her mentor.
On sale: January 26, 2016
Also anticipated for January: The Stargazer’s Sister by Carrie Brown, Unspeakable Things by Kathleen Spivak, What Belongs to You by Garth Greenwell, The Unfinished World by Amber Sparks, and And Again by Jessica Ciarella.
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The Lost Time Accidents by John Wray
Haunted by a failed love affair and the darkest of family secrets, Waldemar ‘Waldy’ Tolliver wakes one morning to discover that he has been exiled from the flow of time. The world continues to turn, and Waldy is desperate to find his way back-a journey that forces him to reckon not only with the betrayal at the heart of his doomed romance but also the legacy of his great-grandfather’s fatal pursuit of the hidden nature of time itself.
On sale: February 9, 2016
Also anticipated for February: Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee, Wreck and Order by Hannah Tennant-Moore, She Weeps Each Time You’re Born by Quan Barry, and Black Deutschland by Darryl Pinckney.
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The Jazz Palace by Mary Morris
One night he is asked to sit in with a group. His playing is first-rate. The trumpeter, a black man named Napoleon, becomes Benny’s friend and musical collaborator. A saloon owner, Pearl Chimbrova, hires the duo to play at her saloon, which Napoleon christens The Jazz Palace. But Napoleon’s main gig is at a mob establishment, which doesn’t take kindly to their musicians freelancing . . . As Benny, Napoleon, and Pearl navigate the highs and the lows of the Jazz Age, a bond is forged among them that is as memorable as it is lasting.
(from Knopf Doubleday)
On sale: March 8, 2016
Also anticipated for March: The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, Hold Still by Lynn Steger Strong, and Margaret the First by Danielle Dutton.
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Hystopia by David Means
At the bitter end of the 1960s, after surviving multiple assassination attempts, President John F. Kennedy has created a vast federal agency, the Psych Corps, dedicated to maintaining the nation’s mental hygiene by any means necessary. Soldiers returning from Vietnam have their battlefield traumas “enfolded”–wiped from their memories through drugs and therapy–while veterans too damaged to be enfolded roam at will in Michigan, evading the Psych Corps and reenacting atrocities on civilians.
On sale: April 19, 2016
Also anticipated for April: Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel, Now and Again by Charlotte Rogan, and Letters to Kevin by Stephen Dixon.
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Dear Fang, With Love by Rufi Thorpe
Lucas and Katya were boarding school seniors when, blindingly in love, they decided to have a baby. Seventeen years later, after years of absence, Lucas is a weekend dad, newly involved in his daughter Vera’s life. But after Vera suffers a terrifying psychotic break at a high school party, Lucas takes her to Lithuania, his grandmother’s homeland, for the summer. Here, in the city of Vilnius, Lucas hopes to save Vera from the sorrow of her diagnosis. As he uncovers a secret about his grandmother, a Home Army rebel who escaped Stutthof, Vera searches for answers of her own. Why did Lucas abandon her as a baby? What really happened the night of her breakdown? And who can she trust with the truth? Skillfully weaving family mythology and Lithuanian history with a story of mental illness, inheritance, young love, and adventure, Rufi Thorpe has written a wildly accomplished, stunningly emotional book.
(from Penguin Random House)
On sale: May 24, 2016)
Also anticipated for May: The Fox was Ever the Hunter by Herta Müller, Modern Lovers by Emma Straub, and Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett.
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The Girls by Emma Cline
Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence, and to that moment in a girl’s life when everything can go horribly wrong.
(from Penguin Random House)
Also anticipated for June: Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter, Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler, and They May Not Mean To, But They Do by Cathleen Schine.