I can’t remember if I mentioned that I recently subscribed to World Literature magazine. While I’m loving it so far, of course it is adding a crazy amount of books to my wishlist. As if I didn’t have enough already with all the books you guys talk about and publisher newsletters that I read. Ha. So this post is about some of the books that have recently gone on my wishlist. Most of these should be new or upcoming book releases.
The Ornatrix by Kate Howard. Cursed from birth by the bird-shaped blemish across her face, Flavia spends much of her life hidden from the outside world. Lonely and alienated even from her family, she sabotages her sister’s wedding in a fit of jealous rage and is exiled to serve in the convent of Santa Giuliana.Talk about lots of family drama. Sounds like a juicy read.
The Private Life of Mrs. Sharma by Ratika Kapur. Renuka Sharma is a dutiful wife, mother, and daughter-in-law holding the fort in a modest rental in Delhi while her husband tries to rack up savings in Dubai. Life is going as planned until the day she strikes up a conversation with an uncommonly self-possessed stranger at a Metro station. Who does she meet and how will Mrs. Sharma change?
Chronicle of the Murdered House by Lucio Cardoso. Set in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais, the novel relates the dissolution of a once proud patriarchal family that blames its ruin on the youngest son Valdo’s marriage to Nina—a vibrant, unpredictable, and incendiary young woman whose very existence seems to depend on the destruction of the household. Long considered one of the most important works of twentieth-century Brazilian literature it is finally available in English.
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund. Fourteen-year-old Linda lives with her parents in the beautiful, austere woods of northern Minnesota, where their nearly abandoned commune stands as a last vestige of a lost counter-culture world. Isolated at home and an outlander at school, Linda is drawn to the enigmatic, attractive Lily and new history teacher Mr. Grierson.
The Borrowed by Chan Ho-Kei. Kwan Chun-dok, is a Hong Kong detective whose career spans fifty years of the territory’s history. Divided into six sections told in reverse chronological order—each of which covers an important case in Kwan’s career and takes place at a pivotal moment in Hong Kong history from the 1960s to the present day. Doesn’t this sound great?
Have you heard of some of these or already read them? I hope you guys have a wonderful weekend. I have a dear friend coming to town for a visit so I can’t wait to catch up with her!