Ghost Lights by Lydia Millet
I love Lydia Millet. Her short story collection Love in Infant Monkeys was my most-gifted book the year it came out. (And, of course, Oh Pure and Radiant Heart is an immensely satisfying genre-bender about the men who created the atom bomb.) Ghost Lights is about a bureaucrat who suspects his wife is cheating on him—sounds dull, but Millet's prose is incapable of being boring. Release date: October
The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
The newest from the author of Election and Little Children—Perrota's prose is reliably funny and closely observed. The Leftovers is a departure from his more realistic previous efforts: It's about a suburban family who is "left behind" after millions of Americans were Raptured away. Release date: September
The Luminist by David Rocklin
Recent reading experiences suggest that Hawthorne Books publishes nothing but quality. Their next release is historical fiction about a British woman living in colonial India. Release Date: October
Irma Voth by Miriam Toews
If you haven't read Toews' A Complicated Kindness, please do so at once—it's a pretty darn brilliant coming-of-age novel about growing up Mennonite in Canada. I also quite enjoyed her charming family road-trip novel The Flying Troutmans. Her newest is set once again in a Mennonite community, this time in Mexico. Release date: September.
Habibi by Craig Thompson
The creator of Blankets has been working on Habibi for years—it's a massive, ambitious-sounding attempt to bridge the divide between Christianity and Islam, through the stories of two refugee slave children. Release date: September
I'm also looking forward to Hilary Mantel's The MIrror and the Light, the sequel to her excellent historical fiction Wolf Hall, though I can't find any word on how progress on that is coming.
Anybody else got exciting titles on the horizon?
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