5 NOVELS TO BUY IN MAY
At your local indie bookstore, duh.
- •A God in Ruins, by Kate AtkinsonNot a sequel but a "companion volume" to "Life After Life," this book centers on Ursula's brother Teddy. It abandons the earlier book's conceit of alternate lives, and takes you deep into one life that feels singular and inevitable.
- •The Making of Zombie Wars, by Aleksander HemonA raucous and sexy comedy about a pathetic aspiring screenwriter, with the Iraq war looming threateningly in the background.
- •Burning Down George Orwell's House, by Andrew ErvinA soul-weary copywriter decides to recharge his batteries by renting the remote Scottish cottage where Orwell wrote "1984," only to become entangled in local suspicions and rivalries. There's plenty of whisky, of course, and possibly a werewolf.
- •Mislaid, by Nell ZinkThe chaotic, farcical story of a mismatched marriage — she likes women, he likes men — that results in a couple of kids before finally foundering, at which point the wife takes their toddler daughter and goes into hiding at an African-American commune (though both are white). So: the usual.
- •The Rocks, by Peter NicholsSet in Mallorca, the story of a passionate but tragic marriage and its consequences over six decades, told in reverse chronological order.
- •The Water Knife by Paolo BacigalupiSorry, @gcowles I know this makes six. Stunning, gritty speculative fiction set in the post apocalyptic South West. POC protagonists, intricate plotting, genre-bending. @Tim_OConnellSuggested by @maddiecalls