Hey guys! It’s been a while since I’ve shared with you some of the EXCITING READS that I have on the horizon. Ummm, shame on me, obviously! I’ve received some GORGEOUS ARCs in the mail recently and on Netgalley, so let’s take a dive in and see what’s coming up next – on my August list of reads, which, I’m warning you, will DEFINITELY bleed into September! See any on this list that you’re just DYING to read or hear about? Let me know, and they may move up my TBR! In the next #OnTheHorizon I’ll show and tell my pretty September books for TBR! 🙂
Hardcover, 339 pagesPublished July 10th 2018 by Henry Holt and Co.
In this debut set in near future NYC—where lives last 300 years and the pursuit of immortality is all-consuming—Lea must choose between her estranged father and her chance to live forever.
Lea Kirino is a “Lifer,” which means that a roll of the genetic dice has given her the potential to live forever—if she does everything right. And Lea is an overachiever. She’s a successful trader on the New York exchange—where instead of stocks, human organs are now bought and sold—she has a beautiful apartment, and a fiancé who rivals her in genetic perfection. And with the right balance of HealthTech™, rigorous juicing, and low-impact exercise, she might never die.
But Lea’s perfect life is turned upside down when she spots her estranged father on a crowded sidewalk. His return marks the beginning of her downfall as she is drawn into his mysterious world of the Suicide Club, a network of powerful individuals and rebels who reject society’s pursuit of immortality, and instead chose to live—and die—on their own terms. In this future world, death is not only taboo; it’s also highly illegal. Soon Lea is forced to choose between a sanitized immortal existence and a short, bittersweet time with a man she has never really known, but who is the only family she has left in the world.***I’m currently HALFWAY through #SuicideClub by Rachel Heng! So far, it’s not grabbing me the way I’d hoped, especially for me being right at the halfway mark. The writing is quite fluffy, like words on a page that read well but go nowhere. The plot isn’t moving as quickly as I’d like for it to, though the imagery of NYC re-imagined in the near future is BEAUTIFUL. Immortality is on the horizon and self-driving cars are relics of the past. Lifers can heal their wounds immediately as if they were the Terminator, and you can replace your own organs – even your skin – with nearly in-damageable upgrades! But even as character driven fiction set in a Sci-Fi or near-dystopian world, the characters thus far aren’t interesting enough to make me care about their lives. Wish me luck as I finish this one! Maybe it’ll get better, right?
Hardcover, 256 pagesPublished July 24th 2018 by Ballantine Books
From a magnetic new voice, a debut story collection set in Jamaica and America for readers of Zadie Smith, Helen Oyeyemi, and Imbolo Mbue.
“There is a way to be cruel that seems Jamaican to me.”
Tenderness and cruelty, loyalty and betrayal, ambition and regret–Alexia Arthurs navigates these tensions to extraordinary effect in her debut collection about Jamaican immigrants and their families back home. Sweeping from close-knit island communities to the streets of New York City and midwestern university towns, these eleven stories form a portrait of a nation, a people, and a way of life.
In “Light Skinned Girls and Kelly Rowlands,” an NYU student befriends a fellow Jamaican whose privileged West Coast upbringing has blinded her to the hard realities of race. In “Mash Up Love,” a twin’s chance sighting of his estranged brother–the prodigal son of the family–stirs up unresolved feelings of resentment. In “Bad Behavior,” a mother and father leave their wild teenage daughter with her grandmother in Jamaica, hoping the old ways will straighten her out. In “Mermaid River,” a Jamaican teenage boy is reunited with his mother in New York after eight years apart. In “The Ghost of Jia Yi,” a recently murdered international student haunts a despairing Jamaican athlete recruited to an Iowa college. And in “Shirley from a Small Place,” a world-famous pop star retreats to her mother’s big new house in Jamaica, which still holds the power to restore something vital.
The winner of The Paris Review‘s Plimpton Prize for “Bad Behavior,” Alexia Arthurs emerges in this vibrant, lyrical, intimate collection as one of fiction’s most dynamic and essential young authors.***
I can’t WAIT to dive in to this one! I’ve been reading up on Alexia Arthurs and her stories sound like they’d really grab me! I, too, started writing short stories in college, so I’d love to read a collection from a fellow black female writer of short stories! I wonder if she’d let me interview her… 🙂
Hardcover, 496 pagesExpected publication: August 21st 2018 by Simon Schuster
The debut of a major talent; a lyrical and emotional novel set in an archetypal small town in northeastern Ohio—a region ravaged by the Great Recession, an opioid crisis, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—depicting one feverish, fateful summer night in 2013 when four former classmates converge on their hometown, each with a mission, all haunted by the ghosts of their shared histories.
Since the turn of the century, a generation has come of age knowing only war, recession, political gridlock, racial hostility, and a simmering fear of environmental calamity. In the country’s forgotten pockets, where industry long ago fled, where foreclosures, Walmarts, and opiates riddle the land, death rates for rural whites have skyrocketed, fueled by suicide, addiction and a rampant sense of marginalization and disillusionment. This is the world the characters in Stephen Markley’s brilliant debut novel, Ohio, inherit. This is New Canaan.
On one fateful summer night in 2013, four former classmates converge on the rust belt town where they grew up, each of them with a mission, all of them haunted by regrets, secrets, lost loves. There’s Bill Ashcraft, an alcoholic, drug-abusing activist, whose fruitless ambitions have taken him from Cambodia to Zuccotti Park to New Orleans, and now back to “The Cane” with a mysterious package strapped to the underside of his truck; Stacey Moore, a doctoral candidate reluctantly confronting the mother of her former lover; Dan Eaton, a shy veteran of three tours in Iraq, home for a dinner date with the high school sweetheart he’s tried to forget; and the beautiful, fragile Tina Ross, whose rendezvous with the captain of the football team triggers the novel’s shocking climax.
At once a murder mystery and a social critique, Ohio ingeniously captures the fractured zeitgeist of a nation through the viewfinder of an embattled Midwestern town and offers a prescient vision for America at the dawn of a turbulent new age.
I’ve heard a lot about how DARK, and MOVING and RAW this book is! For those of your who follow my reviews, you’ll know that those are 3 words that will ALWAYS grab me! I picked up Suicide Club with the intention of enjoying a lighter, shorter read before jumping into this much longer, heavier book, so hopefully that plan works out for the better! Have you heard anything about this book or read it already for yourself? If so, what did you think?
Hardcover, 336 pagesExpected publication: August 21st 2018 by Berkley
Set in an America where half the population has been silenced, VOX is the harrowing, unforgettable story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter.
On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial–this can’t happen here. Not in America. Not to her.
This is just the beginning.
Soon women can no longer hold jobs. Girls are no longer taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words a day, but now women only have one hundred to make themselves heard.
But this is not the end.
For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.***I’m OBSESSED with The Handmaid’s Tale, so I’m really intrigued by the premise of this novel. Berkley, on of my publishing partners, was awesome enough to reach out to me with an advance-read copy of this book so I’m all the more excited about this novel!