Patricia’s Highly Anticipated Reads 2016

I have been counting down to 2016 for three long years.  In April I will finally graduate from grad school and be free to read more often and more widely (FYI, I’ve been showing great reading restraint these past three years.)  Here are the books I’m most looking forward to by some of my favourite authors:

Horror

firemanThe Fireman by Joe Hill (April 2016)

I do love a well done fictional pandemic.  In Hill’s version the new plague causes people to spontaneously combust.  When a pregnant nurse becomes infected she becomes determined to live long enough to see her baby born.

Little Heaven by Nick Cutter (release TBA)

I first discovered Cutter (aka successful litfic author Craig Davidson) this month with The Deep, and fell for his old school horror vibe.  He describes his upcoming work as “the story of three mercenaries—gunfighters, almost—who take a job rescuing a boy from a backwoods religious settlement in the woods of New Mexico”

 Retellings

eligibleEligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (April 2016) &  Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler (June 2016)

Literary heavyweights take on the classics:  Sittenfeld tackles perennial fav Pride and Prejudice, while Tyler takes on Shakespeare with her telling of Taming of the Shrew.

Russia

romanovsThe Romanovs by Simon Sebag Montefiore (May 2016)

There can simply never be enough books about the Romanovs.  Now preeminent Russian historian Montefiore gives us an examination of the over 300 years the Romanovs ruled Russia.

backtomoscowBack to Moscow by Guillermo Erades (May 2016)

A Russian literature major from America comes of age in 2000s Moscow.  For fans of “the whiskey sour satire of Bret Easton Ellis” and “the neurotic openness of Ben Lerner.”

Debut Fiction

translationThe Translation of Love by Lynne Kutsukake (April 2016)

I remember reading Obasan in high school and being shocked that internment camps were part of Canadian history.  Aya Shimamura lost her mother in the camps before being repatriated to Japan with her mourning father.  Her classmate Fumi wants Aya to use her English language skills to help find her missing sister.

Books By Writers Who Excite Me Whatever The Topic

The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel (February 2016)portugal

The Life of Pi remains one of my favourite books of all time.  While there are no tigers in this novel, which intertwines three narratives, I can promise you a chimpanzee… and a lot of heart.

forgivenEveryone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave (May 2016)

The story of a love triangle in WWII London

End of Watch by Stephen King (June 2016)

The concluding volume in the Mr. Mercedes detective trilogy

mandiblesThe Mandibles by Lionel Shriver (June 2016)

An ultra rich American family struggles with newfound poverty in 2029.

What 2016 releases are you most looking forward to? Sound off in the comments below. Happy Holidays!

-Patricia

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