As winter slowly leaves, readers begin to think of warmer days and upcoming spring titles. What’s coming? There are a number of entertaining and thought-provoking novels.
Do you need a laugh? Pick up Elizabeth McCracken’s Bowlaway. Around the 1900s, Bertha Truitt is found unconscious in a New England cemetery clutching a bowling ball, a candlepin, and 15 pounds of gold. Her past is murky, but she stays, marries, and opens a bowling alley. Thus begins a three-generation bowling dynasty. If you enjoyed Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson, you might enjoy Rajeev Balasubramanyam’s Professor Chandra Follows his Bliss publishing later this month. Dr. Chandra, economist and professor, is facing a crisis. Estranged from his family, he’s also a victim of a hit-and-run accident, and is generally stressed out. Chandra’s physician tells him to “follow his bliss.” The pompous professor begins an introspective journey at a California spiritual retreat. This book is reportedly humorous, wry, and poignant.
In April, Ann Beattie, best known for her short stories, publishes a novel called A Wonderful Stroke of Luck. It’s about the coming-of-age of teenager Ben, as he travels through college and make his first forays into love and adulthood. Beattie always offers insightful psychological insights. Booker prize and National Book Critics Circle award winner Ian McEwan returns with an unusual speculative fiction book called Machines Like Me. Set in 1980s London, it’s about Charlie and Miranda who enter into a romance with a synthetic human called Adam. Charlie purchased him and together they designed his personality to their liking. They create an almost-perfect human. As you can imagine, problems ensue in their little triangle.
In June, Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love, releases a novel called City of Girls. It’s about a group of Broadway showgirls in 1940s New York. Gilbert reportedly has told People magazine that it is the most humorous book she’s ever written, and the lightest. Also arriving in late spring is Deborah Shapiro’s The Summer Demands. It’s about a woman named Emily who inherits an abandoned summer camp she attended as a child. She arrives there to live, with her husband in tow, only to find a 22-year-old squatter named Stella in one of the cabins. Stella becomes very important in Emily’s life.
They sound intriguing…place those holds now!