‘Black cake,’ by Charmaine Wilkerson (Ballantine, February 1)
In this debut, an estranged brother and sister reunite after the death of their mother. Her last wish for them? “I want you to sit together and share the cake when the time is right. You will know when. Before the novel ends, they will revise almost everything they know about the family.
‘Dark clouds rise,’ by David Wright Faladé (Atlantic Monthly Publishing, February 22)
During the Civil War, thousands of former slaves joined the fight against Confederate forces. This novel imagines the life of one of those soldiers, Richard Etheridge, the son of a black woman enslaved by his father.
‘Book of Jacob,’ by Olga Tokarczuk. Translation by Jennifer Croft. (Riverhead, February 1st)
Originally published in Polish in 2014, the novel is inspired by the true story of Jacob Frank, an 18th-century Jewish mystic. Over 900 pages, Tokarczuk, who awarded the Nobel Prize in 2019chronicles the life and times of Frank and his followers as he crosses across Europe, where he is greeted as a messiah in some places and derided as a quack in others.
‘Chilean poet,’ by Alejandro Zambra. Translation by Megan McDowell. (The Vikings, February 15)
Zambra draws on Chile’s long literary tradition – Pablo Neruda, Roberto Bolaño and others – in this story of Gonzalo, his stepdaughter Vicente, and the many ways poetry affects their lives.
‘Mercy Street,’ by Jennifer Haigh (Ecco, Feb. 1)
Four lives converge at a women’s health clinic in Boston as anti-abortion rhetoric emerges. For Claudia, a longtime employee, the presence of protesters outside the office is nothing new, but as their protests take a turn for the worse, and her personal life even worse. To make matters worse, she eased her anxiety with marijuana. The novel moves from her perspective to that of her agent and his two other clients: a gentle, lonely man seeking community at a local church and online. , and a completely misguided anti-abortion activist.
The second in James’ fantasy epic trilogy, this book focuses on Sogolon the Moon Witch, one of the main characters in “Black Panther, Red Wolf. She tells her version of what happened in the first volume of the series as the book delves into her own origin story.
‘The nineties,’ by Chuck Klosterman (Penguin Press, February 8)
Klosterman, a journalist and cultural critic who has made popular culture and generations change its pulse, writes: “Decades are about cultural awareness, and culture is unreadable. clock. In this book, he sets out to explain a decade that feels further away from reality, in relation to the fall of the Berlin Wall and the anxiety of Y2K.
‘Pure color,’ by Sheila Heti (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, February 15)
Part allegory, part creation story, this novel by the author of “Motherhood” and “How Should One Be?” is a philosophical meditation on love and the lingering echoes of grief. Heti arranges individuals into three groups, according to their main focus in life: aesthetic beauty, social well-being or devoted love to those around them.
‘Recitatif,’ by Toni Morrison (Knopf, February 1)
First published in 1983, this story follows the tangled decades-long friendship between Twyla and Roberta, who met as children at the same home. Readers knew one woman was Black and the other white, but Morrison hid it. She later called it “an experiment in removing all race codes from a narrative about two characters of different races for whom racial identity is crucial.”
‘Swimmers‘by Julie Otsuka (Knopf, February 22)
In Otsuka’s third novel, a local favorite pool closes suddenly after a crack appears in the bottom. One of the regular swimmers, Alice – who has relied on her swimming routine to help prevent dementia – is awakened by memories as her adult daughter tries to connect again.
‘Watergate: New History‘ by Garrett M. Graff (Avid Reader Press, February 15)
Graff, a journalist and historian, offers a new perspective on the scandal that brought down Richard Nixon, focusing on the former president’s supporters and criminals in his outer orbit, as well as whistleblowers and investigators who helped bring the crime to light.
‘Vladimir‘ by Julia May Jonas (Avid Reader Press, February 1)
A professor’s life is brought to light after former students accuse her husband – who also teaches at the school – of deviant behavior. As the investigation into his behavior deepens, the professor struggles with his own infatuation with a younger colleague.
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