Thanks to the Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Reading Challenge, I’ve discovered a stack of amazing reads coming out this year. In order of publication date, a roundup of titles I can’t wait to get my hands on the second they hit bookstore shelves…
Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm
Hits shelves January 22
I have been counting down the days until this one lands on bookshelves next week. Set in Paris, Rebecca Scherm’s highly-anticipated debut novel involves a daring art heist, a cat-and-mouse waiting game, and a small-town girl’s incredible transformation.
Kimberly McCreight, author of Reconstructing Amelia raves: “Artfully constructed and beautifully nuanced, Unbecoming is an elegant, page-turning mystery of theft, betrayal, and young love, which brilliantly reveals that the very worst lies are the ones we tell ourselves.”
It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War by Lynsey Addario
Hits shelves February 5
Lynsey Addario’s work has appeared in National Geographic, Time Magazine and The New York Times (her photo of a Syrian child bride who left an abusive marriage has never left my mind). She has covered conflicts from Afghanistan to the Congo. In her memoir, the award-winning photojournalist conveys the role of gender, how she set out to prove herself in a male-dominated profession and how motherhood has helped her on the job.
Booklist says: “Addario has written a page-turner of a memoir describing her war coverage and why and how she fell into—and stayed in—such a dangerous job.”
My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh
Hits shelves February 10
In this much-talked-about debut, the story unfolds in a Baton Rouge neighbourhood famous for cookouts on hot summer afternoons. But in the summer of 1989, everything changes. When fifteen-year-old Lindy Simpson experiences a horrible crime late one evening near her home, it becomes clear that this idyllic stretch of Southern suburbia has a dark side, too.
Kathryn Stockett, author of The Help describes it as: “The story of how the events of our youth profoundly affect us as adults. The last page is as satisfying as the first. A mystery you cannot wait to solve.”
A Brief Stop On the Road From Auschwitz by Goran Rosenberg
Hits shelves February 24
I also discovered this gem of a memoir on The Other Press. Translated from the Swedish, this memoir of survival follows Goran Rosenberg as he returns to his small hometown in Sweden. He tells the story of his father’s attempt to start a new life after having endured the death camp at Auschwitz.
“It is also the story of the chasm between the world of the child, permeated by the optimism, progress, and collective oblivion of postwar Sweden, and the world of the father, darkened by the long shadows of the past.”
Where All Light Tends to Go by David Joy
Hits shelves March 3
In this debut novel, David Joy takes us to Cashiers, North Carolina where we meet Jacob McNeely. High-school dropout Jacob has no choice but to work for his father who runs an organized meth ring. But when a fatal mistake changes everything and he reunites with his first love, Maggie, Jacob is faced with a difficult choice: stick around and appease his father or run away with the girl he loves.
Publishers Weekly had this to say: “Gripping . . . Engaging characters, a well-realized setting, and poetic prose establish Joy as a novelist worth watching.”
Read Bottom Up by Neel Shah & Skye Chatham
Hits shelves April 7
Set in New York, the authors follow the story of Madeline and Elliot who meet at a food event and engage in online flirtation. The relationship unfolds through a series of thrilling, confounding, and funny exchanges with each other and with their best friends.
Celia Ahern, author of PS I Love You says: “Read Bottom Up is an honest look at dating in the iPhone age, and a charming story of the various ways that love finds us. You’ll laugh, and you may even recognize your inbox.”
Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight
Hits shelves April 14
I’ve been raving to everyone about Reconstructing Amelia which I devoured back in December. So I was over the moon when I found out that McCreight had a brand new novel due out this year. This time around, she transports us to the affluent town of Ridgedale, New Jersey where a dead newborn baby is found in the woods near the town’s prestigious university campus. A gripping story of intersecting lives, the power of buried secrets and the past coming to light.
The Silver Swan by Elena Delbanco
Hits shelves May 19
I discovered this one while browsing upcoming releases on Other Press. Alan Cheuse, a book commentator for NPR sums it up perfectly: “It’s a tortured and passionate love story about a father and daughter and the musical heritage they share, centered on a treasured object, a Stradivarius cello that gives the novel its’ title–and it’s a family story with an astonishing secret at its center.” Sounds like a book that will keep me up way past bedtime.
Which books are you most excited about this year?