May is always a good month for books for me – as Australia celebrates Mother’s Day this month, there’s always lots of fantastic new releases (including cookbooks!). Here’s my picks for books I’m lusting over this month (influenced only by bookshop visits, bookshop and publisher websites – no influence from anyone but me).
(Please note that these books are all released in Australia this month, publishing date may differ in other countries).
The Truth About the Harry Querbert Affair by Joël Dicker
From the publisher (Pan Macmillan):
August 30, 1975. The day of the disappearance. The day a small New Hampshire town lost its innocence. That summer Harry Quebert fell in love with fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan. Thirty-three years later, her body is dug up from his yard along with a manuscript copy of his career-defining novel. Quebert is the only suspect. Marcus Goldman – Quebert’s most gifted protégé – throws off his writer’s block to save his mentor from the electric chair. Solving the case and penning a new bestseller soon blur together. As his book begins to take on a life of its own, the nation is gripped by the mystery of ‘The Girl Who Touched the Heart of America’. But with Nola, in death as in life, nothing is ever as it seems. Joël Dicker’s phenomenal European bestseller is a brilliantly intricate murder mystery, a hymn to the boundless reaches of the imagination, and a love story like no other. Nothing you’ve read or even felt before can prepare you for The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair.
My thoughts: This book is really buzzing at the moment – I’m seeing a lot of positive reviews on social media from people whose opinions I trust. Translated by Sam Taylor, this book looks like it will be a great read for a long winter night.
Delicious! by Ruth Reichl
From the publisher (Allen & Unwin):
Billie Breslin has just landed her dream at Delicious!, the most iconic food magazine in New York. In an unfortunate turn of events Billie’s career barely gets started before the magazine is shut down and what looks like an interim job to tidy up as the doors close turns out to be an amazing journey to a magical, life-changing discovery. In a hidden room in the magazine’s library, Billie finds the letters of Lulu Swan, a plucky twelve-year-old who corresponded with the legendary chef James Beard during World War II. Lulu’s letters inspire Billie to come to terms with her own truths – about her self, her adored big sister and her ability to open her heart to love.
Delicious! is the first novel from New York Times best selling author Ruth Reichl a big generous novel full of food and romance and ultimately the vast array of life’s possibilities.
My thoughts: Delicious is a name of a popular Australian food magazine, so I love that it’s the same name as the one Billie works on. I love books binding the past and present, as well as ones set in the magazine world, so I’m really looking forward to this.
Fallout by Sadie Jones
From the publisher (Random House):
Luke is a young playwright: intense, magnetic and hungry for experience. Fleeing a disastrous upbringing in the North East he arrives in London and shares a flat with Paul, an aspiring producer, and beautiful, fiery Leigh.
The three of them set up a radical theatre company, their friendship forged in rehearsal rooms above pubs, candlelit power cuts, and smoky late-night parties, part of a thrilling new generation of writers, directors and rising voices.
When Nina, a fragile actress, strays towards their group, Luke recognises a damaged soul and the balance between the friends is threatened. Luke is torn between loyalty, desire and his own painful past, until everything he values, even the promise of the future, is in danger. Suddenly the Fallout threatens to be immense.
My thoughts: Although I still haven’t gotten around to reading Small Wars or The Outcast, there’s something about this book that hooks me. Perhaps it’s the 1970s London setting or the great cover. Perhaps it’s the promise of youth and all its tangles. Whatever it is, I need to get reading!
Saree by Su Dharmapala
From the publisher (Simon & Schuster):
Nila wasn’t born beautiful and is destined to go through life unnoticed… until she becomes a saree maker. As she works, Nila weaves into the silk a pattern of love, hope and devotion, which will prove to be invaluable to more lives than her own. From the lush beauty of Sri Lanka, ravaged by bloody civil war, to India and its eventual resting place in Australia, this is the story of a precious saree and the lives it changes forever. Nila must find peace, Mahinda yearns for his true calling, Pilar is haunted by a terrible choice, Sarojini doubts her ability to love, Madhav is a holy fraud and Marion’s understanding of the very meaning of love is challenged and transformed. Each teeters between joy and pain, and each is touched by the power and beauty of the saree. A breathtaking story of beauty, oppression and freedom… and of an enduring love that can never be broken.
My thoughts: I love a saga, especially one that crosses countries and culture. This books not only sounds interesting, but something that will improve my knowledge of Sri Lanka and India’s history.
Do any of these tickle your fancy?