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A stabby retelling of a childhood classic, told by Captain Hook - when he was still one of Peter's beloved lost boys.
A kid-friendly Lord of the Flies, and nobody ends up like poor Piggy. Well paced and plotted, and all the storylines get satisfyingly wrapped up.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a la mystery/ thriller. When memories are rewritten or deleted, a psycho killer finds a way to benefit.
A fictionalized version of the events surrounding Richard III's reign - with magic, a spy network, and adorable children thrown in. A really fun read!
A favorite read of 2018, Sakey reimagines the afterlife with no heaven or hell. But there ARE some rewards, and also reasons to be fearful. This book was so inventive that it took me completely by surprise.
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Iweala’s second novel starts close to home, with the Harvard-bound son of privileged Nigerians, but soon it veers into the dark unknown. After young Niru, growing up tony D.C., is inadvertently outed to his profoundly homophobic parents by his white friend Meredith, his life becomes a journey of confusion, torment and, eventually, violence. (March 6)
Before taking over the New York Review of Books, the Dutch-born writer finished this memoir about a lesser-known corner of Japan’s history as well as his own. In 1975 he moved to Tokyo and fell in with the outer fringes of the art world — a scene of fluid sexuality, campy burlesque, avant-garde theater, and hard-core porn. (March 6)
After calamity separates Poornima from Savitha, their only road to reunion runs through the human-trafficking trade; suffice it to say that misogyny is, for the subcontinent’s worst off, not a debated concept but a simple fact of life. Rao’s writing propels the story forward to an ambiguous ending that could fuel as much debate as the suffering that comes before. (March 6)
Gender-fluid revisionist fairy tales aren’t a brand-new phenomenon (see Helen Oyeyemi’s Boy, Snow, Bird and Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties). Ortberg’s tales arrive fashionably late to the party, but beautifully turned out. Ortberg heads straight for the big game, mainly Grimms’ disturbing menagerie. (March 13)
More expansive and arguably even better than Hollinghurst’s Booker Prize–winning The Line of Beauty, his sixth novel turns the exquisite writer’s chief concerns, queer history and postwar Britain, into an ingeniously told family saga. (March 20)