See April’s new books if you missed ’em last month. In addition to our monthly featured selections on this blog, you can discover great new books through LibraryReads, the Indie Next List, bestseller lists from your print publication of choice, or look at our Book Recommendations page. Or…ask a librarian at the reference desk! (It may come as a surprise, but we love to talk about books.)
Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
This is a Library Reads favorite this month. A youth soccer team seeks a mentor in the unlikely figure of a 63-year-old neat freak, who reluctantly finds herself drawn into her new community after leaving a 40-year marriage. Backman is also the author of A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry.
The Atomic Weight of Love by Elizabeth Church
“In her sweeping debut novel, Elizabeth J. Church takes us from the World War II years in Chicago to the vast sun-parched canyons of New Mexico in the 1970s as we follow the journey of a driven, spirited young woman, Meridian Wallace, whose scientific ambitions are subverted by the expectations of her era.” -publisher’s summary
Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
The author of Gold and Little Bee turns his hand to historical fiction with striking results. Everyone Brave is Forgiven is the story of Mary, Tom, and Alistair, from the outbreak of World War II through the first couple years. Cleave renders the London Blitz and the siege of Malta with piercing immediacy, and his story is almost as merciless as the war itself. Read an interview with the author in BookPage.
Zero K by Don DeLillo
The “Convergence project” freezes and preserves the dead in anticipation of the day when both mind and body can be restored. Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times calls DeLillo’s latest “haunting,” “persuasive,” and “somber and coolly futuristic.”
Heat and Light by Jennifer Haigh
Called “excellent” by Publishers Weekly and “a must-read” by Booklist, Haigh’s sixth novel is “told through a cast of characters whose lives are increasingly bound by the opposing interests that underpin the national debate, this novel depicts a community blessed and cursed by its natural resources” (from publisher’s summary).
Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett
Imagine Me Gone is a “soaring, heartrending” (Booklist) novel about a family, told through each of their perspectives in turn: parents Margaret and John, and children Michael, Celia, and Alec. Haslett “tenderly and luminously deals with mental illness and with the life of the mind…hypnotic and haunting” (Publishers Weekly).
The Fireman by Joe Hill
Another Library Reads pick, The Fireman is a dystopia: a mysterious fungus people call dragonscale causes its victims to spontaneously combust. Hill’s hero is a New England school nurse who finds herself infected but wants to live long enough to give birth to the baby she is carrying.
Everybody’s Fool by Richard Russo
Russo returns to the town and characters of Nobody’s Fool ten years down the road. “Loneliness and missed connections loom large in Russo’s work, but he tempers tear-inducing sentiment with laugh-out-loud moments” (Library Journal).