Apparently I’m into reading books about loners who either run away or return home and have to deal with consequences. Or at least that is what one might assume from my list of Spring picks this year. I guess it’s not such a far off assumption. The return of sun and warmer weather always makes me want to head for the hills. So if your itching for an adventure, be it a trip down memory lane or up a new mountain, check these out:
Shotgun Lovesongs, by Nickolas Butler (March 11)
A saga that explores the age-old question of whether or not you can ever truly come home again–and the kind of steely faith and love returning requires.
Off Course, by Michelle Huneven (April 1)
It’s the early 1980s: Reagan is in the White House and his trickle-down theory is gaining traction in the national psyche. Cressida Hartley, twenty-eight, a PhD candidate in economics, has moved to her parents’ shabby A-frame in the Sierras, hoping to finish her dissertation about art in the marketplace. Though she came seeking solitude, she finds herself increasingly drawn into the life of the small mountain community.
I read an advanced reading copy* of this book last fall and loved it. Beautifully spare and weird. A novel about an outsider haunted by an inescapable past: a story of loneliness and survival, guilt and loss, and the power of forgiveness.
The Painter, by Peter Heller (May 6)
I loved Tom Rachman’s debut, The Imperfectionists, so I’m excited to see what he does for his sophomore effort. Enduring life in an isolated bookstore on the Welsh countryside, young American woman Tooly reflects on her bizarre childhood under the care of bandits before a long-lost boyfriend offers clues to help her with unanswered questions.
*Thank you to Edelweiss for my ARC of All the Birds Singing!