The Fire This Time

Follow-Up With Your Favorite Authors: Late 2016

For most of us, news of a new book from a favorite author is worth celebrating. From that perspective, the rest of 2016 is looking pretty rosy! Not only do we have new titles from Maria Semple, Amor Towles, George Saunders, Emma Donoghue, Ann Patchett, and Colson Whitehead to look forward to, these are on the horizon, too.

 

To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey – August 2, 2016

Previous Work: The Snow Child

This Book: “In the winter of 1885, decorated war hero Colonel Allen Forrester leads a small band of men on an expedition that has been deemed impossible: to venture up the Wolverine River and pierce the vast, untamed Alaska Territory. Leaving behind Sophie, his newly pregnant wife, Colonel Forrester records his extraordinary experiences in hopes that his journal will reach her if he doesn’t return–once he passes beyond the edge of the known world, there’s no telling what awaits him.”

 

The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward – August 2, 2016

Previous Work: Men We Reaped

This Book: “Award-winning author Jesmyn Ward knows that Baldwin’s words ring as true as ever today. In response, she has gathered short essays, memoir, and a few essential poems to engage the question of race in the United States. And she has turned to some of her generation’s most original thinkers and writers to give voice to their concerns. The Fire This Time is divided into three parts that shine a light on the darkest corners of our history, wrestle with our current predicament, and envision a better future.”

 

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson – August 9, 2016

Previous Work: Brown Girl Dreaming

This Book: “Running into a long ago friend, sets memory in motion for August, a woman who once lived in a Brooklyn where friendship was everything—until it wasn’t anymore. For August and her girls, Brooklyn was a place where they believed as they walked the streets and confided in each other, that they were beautiful, talented, brilliant—a part of a future that belonged to them. But beneath the veneer, there was another Brooklyn, a dangerous place where men reached for them in dark hallways, where ghosts haunted their nights and mothers disappeared. A world where madness was just a sunset away and fathers found hope in religion.”

 

Dear Mr. M by Herman Koch – September 6, 2016

Previous Work: Summer House With Swimming Pool

This Book: “Once a celebrated writer, M had his greatest success with a suspense novel based on a real-life disappearance. It told the story of a history teacher who went missing one winter after his brief affair with a stunning pupil. Upon publication, M’s novel was a bestseller, one that marked his international breakthrough. That was years ago, and now M’s career is fading. But not when it comes to his bizarre, seemingly timid neighbor who keeps a close eye on him. Why?”

 

The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride – September 20, 2016

Previous Work: A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing

This Book: “Upon her arrival in London, an 18-year-old Irish girl begins anew as a drama student, with all the hopes of any young actress searching for the fame she’s always dreamed of. She struggles to fit in—she’s young and unexotic, a naive new girl—but soon she forges friendships and finds a place for herself in the big city. Then she meets an attractive older man. He’s an established actor, 20 years older, and the inevitable clamorous relationship that ensues is one that will change her forever.”

 

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood (October 11, 2016)

Previous Work: The Heart Goes Last

This Book: “Margaret Atwood conjures the ultimate revenge tale in one betrayed man’s plot for vengeance—a scheme as innovative as it is deadly—in her darkly imaginative, fantastical retelling of The Tempest. When Felix is deposed as artistic director of the Makeshiweg Theatre Festival by his devious assistant and longtime enemy, his production of The Tempest is canceled and he is heartbroken. Reduced to a life of exile in rural southern Ontario—accompanied only by his fantasy daughter, Miranda, who died twelve years ago—Felix devises a plan for retribution.”

 

The Hidden Keys by André Alexis – October 11, 2016

Previous Work: Fifteen Dogs

This Book: “Although the Green Dolphin is a bar of ill repute, it is there that Tancred Palmieri, a thief with elegant and erudite tastes, meets Willow Azarian, an aging heroin addict. She reveals to Tancred that her very wealthy father has recently passed away, leaving each of his five children a mysterious object that provides one clue to the whereabouts of a large inheritance. Willow enlists Tancred to steal these objects from her siblings and solve the puzzle. A Japanese screen, a painting that plays music, an aquavit bottle, a framed poem, and a model of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater: Tancred is lured in to this beguiling quest, and even though Willow dies before he can begin, he presses on.”

 

Absolutely on Music: Conversations by Haruki Murakami, Seiji Ozawa, Jay Rubin – November 15, 2016

Previous Work: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage 

This Book: “Haruki Murakami’s passion for music runs deep. Before turning his hand to writing, he ran a jazz club in Tokyo, and from The Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood” to Franz Liszt’s “Years of Pilgrimage,” the aesthetic and emotional power of music permeates every one of his much-loved books. Now, in Absolutely on Music, Murakami fulfills a personal dream, sitting down with his friend, acclaimed conductor Seiji Ozawa, to talk, over a period of two years, about their shared interest. Transcribed from lengthy conversations about the nature of music and writing, here they discuss everything from Brahms to Beethoven, from Leonard Bernstein to Glenn Gould, from record collecting to pop-up orchestras, and much more. Ultimately this book gives readers an unprecedented glimpse into the minds of the two maestros.”

 

Moonglow by Michael Chabon – November 22, 2016

Previous Work: Telegraph Avenue

This Book: “In 1989, fresh from the publication of his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Michael Chabon traveled to his mother’s home in Oakland, California to visit his terminally ill grandfather. Tongue loosened by powerful painkillers, memory stirred by the imminence of death, Chabon’s grandfather shared recollections and told stories the younger man had never heard before, uncovering bits and pieces of a history long buried and forgotten. That dreamlike week of revelations forms the basis for the novel Moonglow, the latest feat of legerdemain in the ongoing magic act that is the art of Michael Chabon.”

 

The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg – December 6, 2016

Previous Work: The Encyclopedia of Early Earth

This Book: “In the Empire of Migdal Bavel, Cherry is married to Jerome, a wicked man who makes a diabolical wager with his friend Manfred: if Manfred can seduce Cherry in one hundred nights, he can have his castle–and Cherry. But what Jerome doesn’t know is that Cherry is in love with her maid Hero. The two women hatch a plan: Hero, a member of the League of Secret Story Tellers, will distract Manfred by regaling him with a mesmerizing tale each night for 100 nights, keeping him at bay. Those tales are beautifully depicted here, touching on themes of love and betrayal and loyalty and madness.”

Which new books do you have your eye on?

  • How did I miss a new Woodson? I really loved Brown Girl Dreaming, so am off to go request her latest. Luckily I only have one other book to read for review consideration in August, so plenty of room to try and squeeze this one in. Although I do go back to work in August, so…..

    I’m definitely looking forward to the Eimear McBride, and obviously the Maria Semple as well. You’ve also reminded me I really need to read Fifteen Dogs one of these days… how do you think it would be on audio? I know you don’t audiobook, but is the story somewhat straight forward? It’s narrated by the author, so if you think it might translate well to audio I may check it out much sooner rather than later. :)

    • Fifteen Dogs is pretty straightforward as far as the narrative goes, so I think it would be good for an audio!

  • I heard about the Murakami book awhile ago and started counting down the days. I love anything he writes and can’t wait for this one to come out. I’m looking forward to the Koch novel, too. I also have the new Zadie Smith on my TBR list as well. So many great books coming out this Fall :)

  • Kailana

    Oh, yay. I hadn’t heard that some of these were coming out! Eowyn Ivey is one I did the audio with, so I am going to put this on my audio list for August! Hopefully it is the same narrator!

  • The Hidden Keys and Hag-Seed are high on my list, along with Commonwealth and The Wonder!

  • Herman Koch and Margaret Atwood!!!

    Oh, and I guess the Murakami sounds okay… ;)
    hahahahahahahahahahaha

  • Heather

    I’m really looking forward to the Atwood one – I want to get all of the Hogarth series of the Shakespeare retellings, they all sound so excellent.
    I don’t know if I’m really captured by the blurb of ‘To The Bright Edge of the World’, but I would love to have this book just for the cover – it’s so beautiful!

  • I”m also excited for Eowyn Ivey’s new book! Another book I’m excited for is The Good People by Hannah Kent. I think I would look forward to whatever she might write, but I’m especially pumped that her new story is set in Ireland.

  • I’m so looking forward to Dear Mr. M…and The Lesser Bohemians has been on my radar as well!

  • Ooo, I didn’t realize the new Margaret Atwood book was going to be a retelling of The Tempest. That’s hard to resist. I haven’t loved any of her books since The Handmaid’s Tale, but I have always been convinced that I will love another of her books one day. IT WILL HAPPEN.

  • Ack! How dare you! So many that are new to me! There goes more time researching those than blogging or reading! :) Thanks for this listing! Can’t help it! I’m so looking forward to Outfoxed by David Carpenter this month! :) Love his Andy Carpenter series!

  • Thanks for the list. The upcoming books by Eowyn Ivey and Andre Alexis seem alluring to me. Hooray!

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