Riffle Editor's Choice: Essential Fiction Books for August 2015
Here are just a couple of this month's releases that I'm looking forward to! This August has several new books coming from debut and seasoned authors alike, and notably has a lot of titles coming from female voices. Almost all my picks for this month tell stories about a woman's perspective. I can't wait to dig into some of these new novels! So without further ado, here are my choices for the month:
- The Daughters by Adrienne Celt -- August 3rd
- Let Me Tell You: New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings by Shirley Jackson -- August 4th
- Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capo Crucet -- August 4th
- The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman -- August 4th
- The State We're In: Maine Stories by Ann Beattie -- August 11th
This new collection of essays, short stories, and other writings by Shirley Jackson, one of America's best-loved fiction writers, releases this month and is a clear choice for a most anticipated title. Fans of Jackson's will enjoy getting to read some never-before-released material. The book includes some eerie and haunting short stories, as well as some essays and lectures about writing and family.
1 / 5
As a lover of folklore and mythology, Adrienne Celt's debut novel THE DAUGHTERS looks very intriguing. After the famous soprano Lulu gives birth to her daughter, she finds herself unable to utter a single note, fearful of a supposed family curse that travels from mother to daughter. Inspired by the story of Rusalka of Polish folklore, the novel is about the relationship between mothers and daughters, and the mysterious legacies that pass between them.
2 / 5
Jennine Capó Crucet
MAKE YOUR HOME AMONG STRANGERS is the debut novel from Jennine Capo Crucet and tells the story of Lizet, a daughter of Cuban immigrants struggling to find her space in America. After being accepted to a prestigious university, Lizet struggles with leaving home, entering the privileged world of Rawlings College, and the repercussions of her parents's divorce. On a visit home for Thanksgiving, everything about her and her family's lives is disrupted when they take in a young boy whose mother died while fleeing Cuba. As the nation debates the ethics of immigration and her town and her family is thrown into the spotlight, Lizet is pulled between cultural, generational, and political differences.
3 / 5
Much more than just the story of the woman who would give birth to famous Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro, THE MARRIAGE OF OPPOSITES is a story about forbidden love, the different relationships between women, and a woman's journey toward seizing her own destiny. Following her other acclaimed novels, Alice Hoffman's latest looks like it will be a stunner.
4 / 5
Ann Beattie's newest collection of short stories, THE STATE WE'RE IN: MAINE STORIES gathers stories linked by shared female characters and their locality; the state of Maine. Ranging from topics that are at once everyday and poignant, Beattie's newest story collection explores both the women who live in its pages, but also a shared reflection of the space they live in. This one looks very intriguing.
5 / 5