Released This Month: March 2016
When We Were Alive by C.J Fisher • March 1st 2016, Legend Press
Bobby is a shy twelve year old magician who is in love with his best friend. William is consumed with self hatred and drinks to escape memories of his father's sadness and his mother's death. Myles is writing letters to a mother he has never met. Three different people, from different times, search for beauty in sadness, explore the dark side of relationships and try to cope with the burden of living in a world they are powerless to fix.
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro • March 1st 2016, Katherine Tegen Books
Jamie Watson, the great-great-grandson of the John Watson finds himself at the same school as Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective's great-great-granddaughter. From the moment they meet, a tense energy between them becomes apparent and they seem destined to be rivals, not friends. But then a student dies under suspicious circumstances and Jamie and Charlotte soon find themselves the prime suspects. Convinced they're being framed the two must work together to solve the mystery and clear their names.
What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi • March 8th 2016, Riverhead Books
Playful and ambitious, these stories are all constructed around the idea of keys, both metaphorical and literal. The key to a house, the key to a heart, the key to a secret. One key opens a library and another keeps a diary locked, for very good reasons.
The Passenger by Lisa Lutz • March 1st 2016, Simon & Schuster
48 hours after leaving the body of her husband at the bottom of the stairs Tanya cashes in her credit cards, changes her hair, demands a new name from a shadowy voice on the phone and flees town. This isn't the first time this has happened. Tanya, now Amelia, meets Blue who offers her a place to stay and the two form an uneasy alliance. Chased by a dark secret, can she outrun her past?
Hold Still by Lynn Steger Strong • March 21st 2016, Liveright. April 19th 2016, W W Norton.
Maya Taylor sends her daughter, with the very best intentions, to Florida to look after a friend's child. It's a chance for Ellie to rebuild her life, but she soon makes a mistake she can't take back. In two separate timelines, one before and one after the incident, Maya and Ellie must rebuild their damaged relationship and find a way to work through their differences but also their troubling similarities.
The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan • March 22nd 2016, Viking
When brothers Tushar and Nakul are picking up the family television set from a repair shop with their friend Mansoor one day in 1996, disaster strikes unexpectedly. A bomb detonates in the Delhi market, instantly claiming the lives of the two brothers. Mansoor survives bearing both physical and psychological effects of the bomb. After a brief stint in America, Mansoor returns to Delhi and his life becomes entangled with that of Ayub, a charismatic and fearless young activist. Three narratives are woven together, exploring the effects of terrorism on victims and perpetrators.
The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu • March 8th 2016, Head of Zeus
A mesmerising collection of short stories that is billed as a must-have for all fans of science fiction and fantasy.
For a Little While by Rick Bass • March 1st 2016, Little Brown / 28th April 2016 UK, Little Brown
A collection of short stories that reveal men and women living with passion and tenderness at the outer limits of the senses, each attempting to triumph over fate. The intricate stories that are brimming with magic and wonder, filled with hard-won empathy, with vivid imagery scattered throughout have the power to uplift and to devastate.
Quicksand by Steve Toltz • March 10th 2016, Sceptre (paperback)
Liam is a struggling writer and a failing police officer. Aldo, his best friend, is a haplessly criminal entrepreneur with a knack for attracting disasters. As Aldo's luck seems to worsen, Liam is inspired to base his next work on his misfortunes and hopeless attempts to win back his ex-wife. What begins as an attempt to understand Aldo's mishaps quickly spirals into a profound story of faith and of friendship.
A Slanting of the Sun by Donal Ryan • March 10th 2016, Black Swan Ireland (paperback)
A collection of short stories dealing with dramas set in motion by loneliness and displacement. At the heart, these stories are about how people are drawn to each other and cling to love, where it can be found. In haunting prose emotional bonds are forged through traumatic events; between a young man and the mother of a girl whose death he caused and between a lonely shopkeeper and her assistant.
Eleanor by Jason Gurley • March 10th 2016, HarperVoyager
1985. The death of Eleanor's twin sister tears her family apart as they crumble under the weight of their shared grief. 1993. Eleanor is 14 years old when it happens for the first time, when she walks through an ordinary door and ends up in an extraordinary world. It happens again and again, but it's only a curiosity until she dives into the sea and there's someone waiting for her on the other side.
Relief Map by Rosalie Knecht • March 28th 2016, Tin House
Livy is sixteen and spending a stifling summer babysitting, hanging out with her best friend Nelson and waiting for a bigger life to begin. These simple routines are disrupted when the electricity is cut off and bridges are closed by the FBI. A fugitive is on the run, has taken refuge in nearby hills and nobody is able to leave or enter until he is caught. Hours turn into days and the town begins to buckle under the strain. Each hostage seems to be harbouring a captive of their own. Even Livy's parents have something to hide and Livy must discover that the source of danger is not always what it appears to be.
This House is Not for Sale by E.C Osondu • March 3rd 2016, Granta
The house lies in a town seemingly lost in time, full of larger than life characters. From the decades long rivalry between two convenience store owners, to the man who convinces his neighbours to give up their possessions in preparation for the end of the world, Osondu's work captures a place beyond the reach of the outside world, full of superstitions and myths that sustain its people.
Dog Run Moon by Callan Wink • March 3rd 2016, Granta
A construction worker is on the run from a shady local businessman whose dog he has stolen and a middle-aged janitor is in a scary dispute over land and cattle with her former stepson. In these short stories, Callan's characters are often confronted with predicaments few of us can even begin to imagine but the humour and empathy of a talented writer allows the reader to be transported directly into each character's world.
The Lonely City by Olivia Laing • March 3rd 2016, Canongate
What does it mean to be lonely? How do we live? Is technology drawing us closer together or trapping us behind screens? When Olivia Laing moved to New York, she found herself inhabiting loneliness on a daily basis. Fascinated by this shameful experience, she began to explore the city by way of art. Moving fluidly through works and lives, from Edward Hopper's Nighthawks to Andy Warhol's Time Capsules, Laing conducts an electric investigation into what it means to be alone.
Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett • March 1st 2016, Graywolf Press
Furo Wariboko, born and bred in Lagos, wakes up on the morning of his job interview to find he has turned into a white man. Still reeling from his new found condition, he finds that the dead ends of his life open out before him. As a white man in Nigeria, the world is seemingly his oyster except for one thing - despite his radical transformation, his ass remains robustly black. A modern satire with a sting in its tail.
Innocents and Others by Dana Spiotta • March 8th 2016, Scribner
Meadow and Carrie are best friends. They grew up in the 80s in LA and are both filmmakers. They have everything in common, except their views on sex, power, film making and morality. Their lives collide with Jelly, an older, mysterious, erotic, loner, whose most intimate experience is on the phone. She cold calls powerful men and seduces them, not through sex but through listening. She invites them to reveal themselves to her, and they do.
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