Aimee Bender, Zadie Smith, Laura van den Berg, and two lauded, international debut writers light up the week.
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Set in São Paulo, this stunning debut centers on two women — one an American dealing with her recent transplanting to Brazil, the other a Brazilian maid reckoning with cultural views on race — who find themselves thrust together when one leaves her husband in search of something more.
Celebrated First Nations author Cherie Dimaline makes her U.S. debut this week with Empire of Wild, in which a woman searching for her missing husband finds a man who looks just like him, working as a traveling, revivalist preacher.
With authorities assuming they've run away from home, Savannah and Jenny have only their own wits to rely on. Kidnapped by the same man, the two teens must work together in order to survive in this new thriller from the author of The Girl I Used to Be.
Drew has secrets he wants to keep, and plenty of people would be willing to let him, in exchange for his extravagant wealth. His new bride Poppy isn't one of those people, however. She'll let Drew keep his secrets, but only because she has a few of her own.
White Teeth author Zadie Smith returns this week with a slim, new volume of essays. Intimations contains Smith's reflections on the year so far, and those keen observations from quarantine make this the perfect book to kickstart the second half of your reading year.
In 1985, when Natasha Trethewey was 19, her ex-stepfather murdered her mother in her home. Exploring the deep and tragic loss, as well as its impact on the Pulitzer Prize-winning author's work, Memorial Drive is one of the year's biggest must-reads.
Laura van den Berg's first short-fiction collection in seven years, I Hold a Wolf by the Ears contains 11 unsettling tales of surreality, set in cities around the globe. With an eye toward our most intimate relationships, this collection will resonate with readers of all stripes.
Nominated for the Orange Prize, Sophie van Llewyn's Bottled Goods lands on U.S. shelves this week. Set in Romania in the 1970s, this novel-in-microstories follows a couple who wind up on a government watchlist after one's sibling defects to a capitalist nation.