Welcome back to Sneak Peek Sunday! Expect to find these books on our shelves Tuesday, August 15.
Shanghai, the French countryside, the Hudson Valley, and the far reaches of Russia—Paul Yoon’s stories sprawl across the globe, but maintain thematic coherence. The characters of The Mountain: Stories are wanderers looking to leave the traumas of their pasts behind. Library Journal compares Yoon’s prodigious short story craftsmanship to Junot Diaz, Alice Munro, and Jhumpa Lahiri. Delicate yet powerful, these six stories will impact you in unexpected ways.
The New York Times calls Home Fire “a bold retelling of Sophocles’ Antigone.” Home Fire is the story of three siblings on three distinct yet intertwined paths. After virtually raising her younger twin siblings, Isma moves to Massachusetts in pursuit of a future of her own. Aneeka, one of the twins, falls in love with an influential politician, and Parvaiz, the other twin, is wracked by his terrorist father’s legacy. Author Kamila Shamsie is better known in Europe than the United States; Home Fire was longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize. This month, it’s an Indie Next Pick—you’ll find booksellers around the country singing its praises.
Kate Hamer’s debut, The Girl in the Red Coat, made its way across the Atlantic in 2016. Now, Hamer invites readers to The Doll Funeral, where 13-year-old Ruby has just learned her parents aren’t actually her parents and it’s up to her to find them. With only the company of her imaginary friend, Ruby sets off on a fairy-tale-tinged journey into the forest that will shape her destiny. Like The Girl in the Red Coat, The Doll Funeral is told in alternating voices, including Ruby, her mother, and her imaginary friend. The Guardian compared Hamer’s storytelling—a blend of compelling literary fiction and psychological drama—to Jeanette Winterson and Ian McEwan.
Other August 15 releases, alphabetized by author’s last name:
- The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin (sci-fi)
- Who Are You, Really? The Surprising Puzzle of Personality by Brian R. Little (psychology)
- Secret Marvels of the World: 360 Extraordinary Places You Never Knew Existed and Where to Find Them by Lonely Planet (travel)
- Best Intentions by Erika Raskin (thriller)
- A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton (historical fiction)
- Strong for a Moment Like This: The Daily Devotions of Hillary Rodham Clinton by Rev. Dr. Bill Shilliday and Hillary Rodham Clinton
Finding My Badass Self: A Year of Truths and Dares by Sherry Stanfa-Stanley (humor/self-help)