By Ashly Moore Sheldon • June 26, 2020
We're always pretty psyched about upcoming new releases, but there's something about summer reading that really gets us going. The list of new books coming out in the next few months is packed with must-reads. Here are twelve titles on our radar. Plus what you can (and should!) pick up while you wait.
This gorgeous debut from Gabriella Burnham follows three women living in São Paulo: Linda, an anxious, restless American; Marta, her skilled and steady maid; and Celia, an intoxicating artist. A lush depiction of privilege and power, sex and stability.
Another debut, this razor sharp, darkly comic novel by Raven Leilani portrays a young black woman trying to make her sense of her life in tumultuous times. Edie is working to become an artist, while clocking in and out of her admin job and getting involved in someone else's open marriage.
In a near-future world where most bird species have gone extinct, quirky ornithologist Franny Stone embarks on a madcap expedition following the last flock of Arctic terns on their migration south. Author Charlotte McConaghy methodically reveals Franny's unconventional story.
Elise Hooper explores the gripping, real-life history of three little-known American women who raced in the Nazi-sponsored 1936 Berlin Olympics. Each woman must overcome her own personal roadblocks in order to appear on the Olympic track in defiance of those who think women (and people of color) should not compete.
Perhaps best known for Room, her heart-rending tale about a mother and son held captive in a small room for nearly a decade, Emma Donoghue's latest feels particularly prescient. Set in 1918 Dublin, this novel centers on a maternity ward nurse over the course of three harrowing days as the Spanish Flu ravages the city.
Kristin Harmel offers up a heady mix of tenacity and valor with the story of Eva, a skilled forger who risks her life to help hundreds of Jewish children escape Nazi-occupied France. Intent on somehow preserving the children's original identities, she creates a coded system to secretly record their names.
Good news! This riveting literary thriller by Ivy Pochoda is available right now. In a kaleidoscope of female empowerment and social change, the lives of five marginalized L.A. women become linked in a way they don't yet understand. When murders begin rocking their neighborhood, they rise to the challenge.
In Silvia Moreno-Garcia's twisty new horror novel, her glamorous heroine Noemi Taboada decides to visit her cousin Catalina, who has been sending alarming letters from the isolated mansion where she lives with her mysterious new husband. Set in 1950s Mexico, the story is a suspensful reimagining of the classic gothic novel.
Seamlessly blending classic horror and a dramatic narrative with sharp social commentary, the latest novel from Stephen Graham Jones follows four American Indian men after a disturbing event from their youth puts them in a desperate struggle for their lives.
Andrew Martin has drawn comparisons to Irish author Sally Rooney for his mixture of cerebral characters, revelatory moments, and acerbic honesty. This collection of short stories explores the dark zone between artistic ambition and achievement with characters who yearn for transcendence through art.
This collection from Laura van den Berg draws readers into a world of wholly original, sideways ghost stories that linger in the mouth and mind like rotten, fragrant fruit. Both timeless and urgent, these eleven stories confront misogyny, violence, and privilege with spiky humor and surreal scenarios.
Two-time O. Henry-prize winner Shruti Swamy's debut collection balances dream with reality, modernity with antiquity, and myth with true identity. With a knife blade's precision, these tales travel from India to America and back again, revealing small moments of beauty, pain, and power.
These are just a handful of the books that are crowding our summer reading lists. Let us know which titles you're looking forward to tossing in your beach bag.