Afterlifes, by Abdulrazak Gurnah (Riverhead, Aug. 23)
Gurnah, who obtained the Nobel Prize in Literature final yr, usually offers with themes of exile and migration in his writing. His newest novel, set in East Africa below German rule within the 1900s, follows three characters: Ilyas, who joins the German military; his sister, Afiya, who was raised by his finest good friend after he left; and Hamza, one other ex-soldier who returns from the battle and falls in love with Afiya.
Considered one of Edie Sedgwick’s sisters delves into the star’s life and profession on this deeply private historical past. I am looking for out precisely what occurred when Edie met Andy [Warhol],” he writes. I need to perceive what he supposed, as a result of now it appears to me that when the 2 of them met, one thing was completed that made us all alive now.
Reminiscences of the Finish: Tales, by Banana Yoshimoto. Translated by Asa Yoneda. (Counterpoint, Aug. 9)
First revealed in Japan in 2003, and lately out there right here, this assortment options lots of Yoshimoto’s signature themes: lonely girls, betrayal, complicated relationships — and charm, too.
Diary of a Void, written by Emi Yagi. Translated by David Boyd and Lucy North. (Viking, Aug. 9)
On this first novel, a single lady in her workplace in Tokyo will get pregnant to keep away from disagreeable duties at work. As she sinks right into a lie (to cover a rising stomach, following the progress of her “child”), the story takes on a totally illogical place – it’s higher to look at discrimination and double requirements.
Throughout her lifetime, Kiki de Montparnasse was a star within the bohemian scene of Paris: a Surrealist movie star, a well-known artist and a star of incandescent nightclubs. However now, he’s usually overshadowed by his relationship with Man Ray. This autobiography reminds readers of his private inventive achievements – it could have been Man Ray’s muse, but it surely’s not the one one – and delves into their relationship.
The Final White Man, by Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead, Aug. 2)
On this newest e-book by the writer of “Exit West,” Anders, a white man, wakes as much as notice his pores and skin colour has turned “a deep and plain brown.” When many individuals in society start to expertise the identical adjustments, they start to consider energy and justice.
In Forties Los Angeles, Maria works as a producer for a brand new movie studio after fleeing Italy years in the past. His boss, Artie, is down on his luck: He is operating out of cash, he is falling out together with his enterprise companions – and that is it. first he was known as to testify earlier than Congress. When World Warfare II broke out, the studio turned a refuge for all types of exiles – actors, writers, émigrés.
What occurs when the parent-child relationship breaks down? Tillman, a novelist and critic, watched over his mom as she neared demise, and on this e-book she describes her altering emotions and duties intimately.
Mount Chicago, by Adam Levin (Doubleday, Aug. 9)
On this e-book, a Chicago comic faces an unimaginable tragedy: A sinkhole opens up below the Artwork Institute, killing nearly his whole household. Within the midst of her grief, she meets a long-time follower who works within the mayor’s workplace. There’s a whole lot of heartbreak, city politics and humor – in addition to transferring verses from the standpoint of a brainy parrot. ”
On this debut novel, a younger black man leaves the snug lifetime of his household in Indianapolis and heads to New York within the Nineteen Eighties, which provides an thrilling, typically infuriating, political and social life for of his outdated age.
Macy’s 2018 e-book, “Dopesick,” tracked Purdue Pharma’s function within the opioid disaster. Right here he focuses on the individuals who battle an excessive amount of on the entrance strains – nurses, employees – who refuse to trivialize dependancy.
Yoga, Emmanuel Carrère. Translated by John Lambert. (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Aug. 2)
Carrère had hoped to put in writing “a refined little e-book about yoga,” he says on this semi-autobiographical new e-book. However the story is about a lot extra: the top of his romantic relationship; melancholy and different private disappointment; and eventually, how meditation and writing inform one another.