I know you're probably busy finishing up your year, finding gifts for family & friends, and making the rounds this holiday season—so I'll just leave this here until you get a minute to read it. Publishers Weekly came out with their top picks for Spring 2017. I thought you might like to know.
Mohsin Hamid. Riverhead, Mar. 7
Fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed meet in a country teetering on the brink of civil war. They embark on a furtive love affair, and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city.
The Hearts of Men
Nickolas Butler. Ecco, Mar. 7
Friendships and families intersect across generations in the Northwoods of Wisconsin at a popular Boy Scout summer camp.
House of Names
Colm Tóibín. Scribner, May 9
In Tóibín’s retelling of Clytemnestra’s tale, Clytemnestra rules Mycenae now, along with her new lover Aegisthus, and together they plot the bloody murder of Agamemnon on the day of his return after nine years at war.
Lincoln in the Bardo
George Saunders. Random House, Feb. 14
On Feb. 22, 1862, two days after his death, Willie Lincoln was laid to rest in a marble crypt in a Georgetown cemetery. That very night, shattered by grief, Abraham Lincoln arrives at the cemetery alone and visits the crypt to spend time with his son’s body.
Men Without Women
Haruki Murakami, trans. by Philip Gabriel and Ted Goossen. Knopf, May 9
Murakami focuses on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. These seven stories feature vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball, and the Beatles.
Our Little Racket
Angelica Baker. Ecco, June 20
A debut about wealth, envy, and secrets: the story of five women whose lives are dramatically changed by the downfall of a financial titan.
Viet Thanh Nguyen. Grove, Feb. 7
Pulitzer-winner Nguyen’s story collection features a young Vietnamese refugee who suffers profound culture shock when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisco, and a woman whose husband is suffering from dementia and starts to confuse her for a former lover.
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley
Hannah Tinti. Dial, Mar. 28
A young girl moves back to the New England fishing village where her father, Hawley, finds work on the docks. But lurking over this family are mysteries, including the mother who died and the ghosts of Hawley’s past.
John Darnielle. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Feb. 7
When mysterious footage begins appearing on VHS cassettes at the local Video Hut, life in the small town of Nevada, Iowa, takes a dark turn.
Hari Kunzru. Knopf, Mar. 14
Two ambitious young musicians are drawn into the dark underworld of blues record collecting. A murder mystery, a meditation on race, and a love letter to all the forgotten geniuses of American music.