‘All night lovers,’ by Mieko Kawakami. Translated by Sam Bett and David Boyd. (Europe, May 3)
Kawakami, already celebrated in Japan, won a following among English readers for her early novels about women’s lives, ‘Breasts and Eggs’ and ‘Heaven’. Here, she focuses on a shy proofreader who is brought out of her loneliness by a physics teacher – and confronts troubling episodes from her past.
This biography of the longtime Vogue chief is based on hundreds of interviews, tracing Anna Wintour’s journey from 1960s London to the most powerful position in fashion journalism.
‘side piece,’ by Ali Smith (Pantheon, May 3)
Smith, whose recent Seasonal Quartet novels have tackled real-life events like Brexit, the election of Donald Trump and the Australian wildfires, has now written a pandemic-era story. A woman receives an unexpected call from a former classmate asking for help deciphering a confusing interaction, and from there, Smith tells a larger story about loneliness, refuge, and freedom.
‘Whether or,’ by Elif Batuman (Penguin Press, May 24)
“The Idiot”, Batuman’s debut novel, introduced Selin, a freshman at Harvard, daughter of Turkish immigrants and avatar of Batuman herself. In this follow-up, Selin – now a sophomore and trying to decipher her relationship with an older maths student – elaborates on her ideas about sex, self-fiction (André Breton features prominently here) and what it means to live a life aesthetic.
Two Washington Post reporters, drawing on a series of articles, offer a fuller story of Floyd’s life, undertaking to “pull back the curtain on the life of effort that had come before and understand the heartbeat of the movement history for civil rights”. who followed.”
‘I kissed Shara Wheeler,’ by Casey McQuiston (Wednesday Books, May 3)
McQuiston’s early novels, “Red, White & Royal Blue” and “One Last Stop,” were celebrated for their focus on queer love stories. Now, in a YA romance, McQuiston explores high school life in Alabama, starting with Chloe, who is about to become valedictorian and is unnerved by an unexpected kiss — and the romantic entanglements it sets in. light.
There are a few key things to know about the world of this first novel: The US government has been replaced by business, and a climate crisis is ravaging the Earth. Into this mix comes Athena, the daughter of King Rao, a tech CEO In an effort to help reverse the damage done to the planet, she tells her story, from growing up in the 1950s on a coconut farm of southern India to his political and professional rise.
‘The Latecomer,’ by Jean Hanff Korelitz (Céladon, May 31)
The Oppenheimers are comfortable in their Brooklyn home, but they’re not happy: Salo, haunted by a car accident during his college years, is restless about art, and not much else ; his wife, Johanna, wants nothing more than a united family. When their triplets prepare to leave home, she decides to have a fourth child, bringing long-held secrets to the fore.
‘Love marriage,’ by Monica Ali (Scribner, May 3)
Save the date: Yasmin, a daughter of Indian parents who is studying to be a doctor, and Joe, a white man whose mother is a well-known feminist, are getting married. As their families reunite before marriage, new relationships are formed and bonds are broken.
In 1892, Robert Lewis, a black man, was lynched in New York after being accused of assaulting a white woman. It forced the North to consider its own rampant racism – lynching was not just present in Southern states – and caught the attention of journalist Ida B. Wells. Dray, a historian, draws parallels between then and America today, including the Black Lives Matter movement, police brutality, the Capitol Riot and more.
As a baby, Blair was known as a naughty baby, thanks to a scowl and a critical, scrutinizing face. In this autobiography, Blair – known for her roles in ‘Cruel Intentions’, ‘Legally Blonde’ and others – traces the arc of her life and career, including her relationship with her mother, her ‘first great love’; his drug addiction; and his diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.
Following a coal mine avalanche in Wales that killed dozens in 1966, a psychiatrist named John Barker, convinced that supernatural signs preceded the disaster, began soliciting stories personal premonitions. Expand on an article in The New Yorkerwhere he’s a writer, Knight delves into Barker’s life — and whether those disturbing feelings are real.
In the 1850s, two Britons embarked on the greatest expedition of their time: the race to map the Nile. John Speke and Richard Burton should have been a great team, but they became sworn enemies as they faced challenges ranging from illness to grueling treks. Millard shows how an East African member of their party, Sidi Mubarak Bombay, was crucial to their mission.
‘Trust,’ by Hernan Diaz (Riverhead, May 3)
Any brief summary of this ingenious new novel is bound to be unsatisfactory, but here’s the premise: a wealthy couple, the Rasks, are the object of fascination in 1920s New York. Benjamin is a successful financier and Helen is the daughter of aristocrats. There is a novel written about the couple, which is part of “Trust”; subsequent sections of the book advance their story from other angles, each with the potential to change everything you thought you knew.