Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Spring TBR

I’m loving this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic in secret hopes that it will help me sort out which of these books I want to read first. It probably won’t, because they all sound incredible and I’ll be left to randomly reaching and choosing. 

Ruby by Cynthia Bond – April 29th
“The epic, unforgettable story of a man determined to protect the woman he loves from the town desperate to destroy her—this beautiful and devastating debut heralds the arrival of a major new voice in fiction.” Ruby takes place over several decades in the South (do you hear my bells ringing?) and Emily Gatlin called it “wonderfully weird” in BookRiot’s Inbox/Outbox last week. 

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 by Francine Prose – April 22nd
“Paris in the 1920s. It is a city of intoxicating ambition, passion, art, and discontent, where louche jazz venues like the Chameleon Club draw expats, artists, libertines, and parvenus looking to indulge their true selves.” I was already sold, but Kelly from Read Lately has been reading and loving this to boot. 

No Book But the World by Leah Hager Cohen – April 3rd
“At the edge of a woods, on the grounds of a defunct “free school,” Ava and her brother, Fred, shared a dreamy and seemingly idyllic childhood—a world defined largely by their imaginations and each other’s presence. Everyone is aware of Fred’s oddness or vague impairment, but his parents’ fierce disapproval of labels keeps him free of evaluation or intervention, and constantly at Ava’s side.” Books that float around the fringes of society have been good to me lately. 

An Untamed State by Roxane Gay – May 6th
“Mireille Duval Jameson is living a fairy tale. The strong-willed youngest daughter of one of Haiti’s richest sons, she has an adoring husband, a precocious infant son, by all appearances a perfect life. The fairy tale ends one day when Mireille is kidnapped in broad daylight by a gang of heavily armed men, in front of her father’s Port au Prince estate. Held captive by a man who calls himself The Commander, Mireille waits for her father to pay her ransom.” It’s Roxane Gay. I want to gobble everything she writes.

Sedition by Catherine Grant – April 1st
“While it might be a truth universally acknowledged that a man in possession of a title and no money must be in want of a fortune, what does a sexually awakened young woman want? In her wickedly alluring romp through the late-Georgian London, Italian piano making, and tightly-fitted Polonaise gowns, Katharine Grant has written a startling and provocative debut.” Check out the blurb on this galley. It’s either going to be horrifically bad or perfectly cheeky. 

Chop Chop by Simon Wroe – April 17th
“Fresh out of the university with big dreams, our narrator is determined to escape his past and lead the literary life in London. But soon he is two months behind on rent for his depressing Camden Town bed-sit and forced to take a job doing grunt work in the kitchen of The Swan, a formerly grand restaurant that has lost its luster.” I feel like this one is flying under the radar, but I love the premise.

The Quick by Lauren Owen – June 17th
“London, 1892: James Norbury, a shy would-be poet newly down from Oxford, finds lodging with a charming young aristocrat. Through this new friendship, he is introduced to the drawing-rooms of high society, and finds love in an unexpected quarter. Then, suddenly, he vanishes without a trace. Unnerved, his sister, Charlotte, sets out from their crumbling country estate determined to find him. In the sinister, labyrinthine city that greets her, she uncovers a secret world at the margins populated by unforgettable characters.” I’ve been looking forward to this book for so long. Can’t wait to get to it.

To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris – May 13th
“Paul O’Rourke is a man made of contradictions: he loves the world, but doesn’t know how to live in it. He’s a Luddite addicted to his iPhone, a dentist with a nicotine habit, a rabid Red Sox fan devastated by their victories, and an atheist not quite willing to let go of God. Then someone begins to impersonate Paul online, and he watches in horror as a website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account are created in his name. What begins as an outrageous violation of his privacy soon becomes something more soul-frightening: the possibility that the online “Paul” might be a better version of the real thing.” I can’t help but gravitate to strange quirk.

The Year She Left Us by Kathryn Ma – May 13th
“A disastrous trip to visit her “home” orphanage in China has plunged eighteen-year-old Ari into a self-destructive spiral. Her adoptive mother, Charlie, a lawyer with a great heart, is desperate to keep her daughter safe. Meanwhile, Charlie must endure the prickly scrutiny of her beautiful, Bryn Mawr educated mother, Gran–who, as the daughter of a cultured Chinese doctor, came to America to survive Mao’s Revolution–and her sister, Les, a brilliant judge with a penchant to rule over everyone’s lives.” Three cheers for mutli-generational stories, I can’t resist ’em.

A Replacement Life by Boris Fishman – June 3rd
“A singularly talented writer makes his literary debut with this provocative, soulful, and sometimes hilarious story of a failed journalist asked to do the unthinkable: Forge Holocaust-restitution claims for old Russian Jews in Brooklyn, New York.” This already sounds like it could be a serious book club contender!

What Spring books are you looking forward to?


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