For this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, the ladies of The Broke and the Bookish want to know our Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For the Rest of 2015. Just ten?? Let’s see if we can do this. There are a few books so highly anticipated that I imagine they’ll be on many of these lists…so I’ll intentionally leave them off mine, including many follow-up novels and Garth Risk Hallberg’s City on Fire. Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about you Anthony Marra (and Patrick de Witt and Margaret Atwood and Lily Tuck). SO MUCH CHEATING, I’m sorry.
“These nine globe-trotting, unforgettable stories from Mia Alvar, a remarkable new literary talent, vividly give voice to the women and men of the Filipino diaspora. Here are exiles, emigrants, and wanderers uprooting their families from the Philippines to begin new lives in the Middle East, the United States, and elsewhere—and, sometimes, turning back again.”
“When NASA, newly formed, offers Harrison the chance to man space before the Russians, he turns it down and becomes a father to Florence, his baby girl. Yet his life—as a father and a pilot—grinds to a halt when she becomes ill and dies at the age of two. Devastated, Harrison loses himself in his work (and, sometimes, in distressing thoughts of Florence) and this time, when he gets his ticket to the moon, he takes it—without consulting Grace. If he fails, he will lose the one thing he has left: his ability to fly.”
“Edith is a widowed landlady who rents apartments in her Brooklyn brownstone to an unlikely collection of humans, all deeply in need of shelter. Crippled in various ways—in spirit, in mind, in body, in heart—the renters struggle to navigate daily existence, and soon come to realize that Edith’s deteriorating mind, and the menacing presence of her estranged, unscrupulous son, Owen, is the greatest challenge they must confront together.”
“Ari Berman charts both the transformation of American democracy under the Voting Rights Act and the counterrevolution that has sought to limit voting rights, from 1965 to the present day. The act enfranchised millions of Americans and is widely regarded as the crowning achievement of the civil rights movement. And yet fifty years later we are still fighting heated battles over race, representation, and political power, with lawmakers devising new strategies to keep minorities out of the voting booth and with the Supreme Court declaring a key part of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional.”
“Amidst this turmoil [of her parent’s divorce], Lizet begins college, but the privileged world of the campus feels utterly foreign to her, as does her new awareness of herself as a minority. Struggling both socially and academically, she returns home for a Thanksgiving visit, only to be overshadowed by the arrival of Ariel Hernandez, a young boy whose mother died fleeing with him from Cuba on a raft. The ensuing immigration battle puts Miami in a glaring spotlight, captivating the nation and entangling Lizet’s entire family.”
“From a multiple prize–winning master of the short form: a stunning collection of brand-new, linked stories that perfectly capture the zeitgeist through the voices of vivid and engaging women from adolescence to old age.
‘We build worlds for ourselves wherever we go,’ writes Ann Beattie. The State We’re In, her magnificent new collection of linked stories, is about how we live in the places we have chosen—or been chosen by. It’s about the stories we tell our families, our friends, and ourselves, the truths we may or may not see, how our affinities unite or repel us, and where we look for love.”
“For as long as she can remember, Ella has longed to feel at home. Orphaned as a child after her parents’ murder, and afflicted with hallucinations at dusk, she’s always felt more at ease in nature than with people. She traveled from Bangladesh to Brooklyn to live with the Saleems: her uncle Anwar, aunt Hashi, and their beautiful daughter, Charu, her complete opposite. One summer, when Ella returns home from college, she discovers Charu’s friend Maya—an Islamic cleric’s runaway daughter—asleep in her bedroom.”
“At once incendiary and icy, mischievous, and provocative, celebratory and elegiac, a deeply felt meditation on race, sex, and American culture through the prism of the author’s rarefied upbringing and education among a black elite concerned with distancing itself from whites and the black generality, while tirelessly measuring itself against both.”
“Sensitive, big-hearted, and achingly self-conscious, forty-year-old Aaron Englund long ago escaped the confines of his Midwestern hometown, but he still feels like an outcast. After twenty years under the Pygmalion-like direction of his older partner Walter, Aaron at last decides it is time to stop letting life happen to him and to take control of his own fate. But soon after establishing himself in San Francisco Aaron sees that real freedom will not come until he has made peace with his memories of Morton, Minnesota: a cramped town whose four hundred souls form a constellation of Aaron’s childhood heartbreaks and hopes.”
“Told through the author’s own evolving understanding of the subject over the course of his life, this a bold, personal, and beautifully written investigation into America’s racial history and its contemporary echoes from one of the country’s leading public intellectuals and “the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” (New York Observer). In the tradition of slender and intimate but thematically ambitious books like The Souls of Black Folks and The Fire Next Time, this work powerfully redefines our understanding of race and the roots of American identity.”
Which 2015 titles are you looking forward to?