Books to Look Forward to in June

As I sat down to write this, I saw a forecast for some hot summer weather for the northern hemisphere (like 100 F hot). At the moment I’m freezing and thinking of putting a second jumper (sweater) on! At least the cold weather is an opportunity to legitimately sit down and read!

I’ve been looking forward to June releases for a few months because there are a lot of exciting titles coming out! These books are scheduled for release this month in Australia to the best of my knowledge. They’re my personal picks (nobody is telling me what to include!)

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani (Hachette)

From the website:

1930s America, southern high society: Part love story, part coming-of-age novel, this is the moving, raw and exquisitely vivid story of an uncommon girl navigating a treacherous road to womanhood.

Thea Atwell is fifteen years old in 1930, when, following a scandal for which she has been held responsible, she is ‘exiled’ from her wealthy and isolated Florida family to a debutante boarding school in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. As Thea grapples with the truth about her role in the tragic events of 1929, she finds herself enmeshed in the world of the Yonahlossee Riding Camp, with its complex social strata ordered by money, beauty and equestrienne prowess.

At the camp, young women are indoctrinated in the importance of ‘female education’ yet expected to be married by twenty-one. It’s a world so rarefied as to be rendered immune (at least on the surface) to the Depression looming at the periphery, all overseen by a young headmaster who has paid a high price for abandoning his own privileged roots…

Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns by Lauren Weisberger (Harper Collins)

From the website:

Everything′s in place for the season′s hottest launch:

Tall latte (with two raw sugars)? Check.

Gucci trench (draped over desk)? Check.

Outrageous, unreasonable demands? Check.

Andy has just turned thirty and is an incredibly successful magazine editor, working closely with her best friend Emily, another Runway survivor. She′s about to get married – life′s on track and she′s been careful to stay clear of Miranda Priestly, her dreadful first boss. But Andy′s luck is running out. Miranda Priestly isn′t the kind of woman who hides in the background.

She′s back… and more devilish than ever.

Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld (Random House)

From the website:

For identical twins, Kate and Violet are about as unlike as two peas from the same pod can be. Except in one respect – they share a hidden gift they call ‘the Senses’, a special kind of intuition that can allow them to see things that are yet to come. After Kate inadvertently reveals their secret when they are thirteen years old, they are set on diverging paths into their adult lives.

Twenty years later Kate is a suburban housewife who suppresses her premonitions in the hope of leading a normal family life, while Violet lives alone and works as a psychic medium. Then one day Violet ignites a media storm by predicting a major earthquake in the St Louis area where they live.

As the day Violet has announced for the earthquake draws nearer, the sisters must grapple with the legacy of the past, the confusion of the present, and the unsettling glimpses they both have of the future.

And When She Was Good by Laura Lippman (Allen and Unwin)

From the website:

In the comfortable suburb where she lives, Heloise is just a mom, the youngish widow with a forgettable job who somehow never misses her son’s soccer games or school plays.
But in discrete hotel rooms throughout the area, she’s the woman of your dreams -if you can afford her hourly fee. For more than a decade, Heloise has believed her unorthodox life to be a safe one; rigidly compartmentalized, maintaining no real friendships and trusting very few people. But now this secret life is under siege. Her once oblivious accountant is asking loaded questions about her business. Her longtime protector is hinting at new, mysterious dangers. Her employees can no longer be trusted. Her ex, the one who doesn’t know he’s the father of her son, is appealing his life sentence. And, one county over, another so-called ‘suburban madam’ has been found dead in her car, an apparent suicide…
Can Heloise stay alive long enough to remake her life again, and save her son? Can she really expect to leave everything else behind?

Constance by Patrick McGrath (Bloomsbury)

From the website:

The aloof and enigmatic Constance Schuyler lives alone in Manhattan. At a literary party she meets Sidney Klein, a professor of poetry twenty years her senior. Intoxicated by her chilly beauty, Sidney pursues the young woman with restless determination and soon proposes marriage. Constance accepts, and with some misgivings moves into his dark, book-filled apartment.

But Constance is a haunted woman. When her father, a doctor, makes a devastating revelation, she is forced to revisit the childhood she spent with her dissipated sister Iris in a broken-down house on the Hudson River. Meanwhile Iris’s lover, Eddie, who plays piano in a cocktail lounge, threatens Constance’s already shaky marriage, and before long her world begins to fall apart. Her only consolation is the friendship of Sidney’s boy Howard, a strange, delicate child, not unlike Constance herself…

A compelling story of a troubled marriage and a damaged family, Constance is also a tale of resilience and loyalty, and of the sudden unexpected glimpse of moral inspiration in the midst of crisis that can lead even the most lost of souls back to the light.

Have you read any of these? Which (if any) interest you?

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  1. I’m currently reading ‘sisterland’ having got it from netgalley. I have a worryingly large number of books to read in the next few months!

  2. The only one I’ve read was And When She Was Good which I enjoyed. I listened to the audio. Sisterland in my too-big pile of ARCs to read this summer.

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