New releases: August 2016 – fiction

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Since I started writing these post about new book releases, I’ve noticed that most books are released early in the month. I wonder if there is a specific reason for that? Anyway, as in any other month, there are a lot of interesting new books coming out in August 2016. Here is the top 5 of fiction releases:

  1. Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
    Publication date: August 9th 2016
    Running into a long-ago friend sets memories from the 1970s in motion for August, transporting her to a time and a place where friendship was everything—until it wasn’t. For August and her girls, sharing confidences as they ambled through neighbourhood streets, Brooklyn was a place where they believed that they were beautiful, talented, brilliant—a part of a future that belonged to them. But beneath the hopeful veneer, there was another Brooklyn, a dangerous place where grown men reached for innocent girls in dark hallways, where ghosts haunted the night, where mothers disappeared. A world where madness was just a sunset away and fathers found hope in religion.
  2. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
    Publication date: August 9th 2016
    As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible “adult” around. She finds peace in the starry Midwestern night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything changes when she witnesses one of her father’s thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold, wreck his motorcycle. What follows is a powerful and shocking love story between two unlikely people that asks tough questions, reminding us of all the ugly and wonderful things that life has to offer.
  3. Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
    Publication date: August 23rd 2016
    A compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream—the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy. Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty—and Jende is eager to please. Clark’s wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses’ summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future. However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers’ façades.
  4. Bright, Precious Days by Jay McInerney
    Publication date: August 2nd 2016
    Russell and Corrine Calloway seem to be living the New York dream: book parties one night and high-society charity events the next; jobs they care about (and actually enjoy); twin children, a boy and a girl whose birth was truly miraculous; a loft in TriBeCa and summers in the Hamptons. But all of this comes at a high cost. Russell, an independent publisher, has cultural clout but minimal cash. Meanwhile, Corrine is devoted to feeding the city’s hungry poor. Then Corrine’s world is turned upside down when the man with whom she’d had an ill-fated affair in the wake of 9/11 suddenly reappears. As the novel unfolds across a period of stupendous change–including Obama’s historic election and the global economic collapse he inherited — the Calloways will find themselves and their marriage tested more severely than they ever could have anticipated.
  5. The Book That Matters Most by Ann Hood
    Publication date: August 9th 2016
    An enthralling novel about love, loss, secrets, friendship, and the healing power of literature, by the bestselling author of The Knitting Circle.  Ava’s 25-year marriage has fallen apart, and her two grown children are pursuing their own lives. Ava joins a book group, not only for her love of reading but also out for companionship. Alternating with Ava’s story is that of her troubled daughter Maggie, who, living in Paris, descends into a destructive relationship. Ava’s mission to find a mysterious book from her childhood and its enigmatic author takes her on a quest that unravels the secrets of her past and offers her and Maggie the chance to remake their lives.

Which ones will end up on my to-read list? None, actually. It’s the first time that none of the top 5 new releases really encourage me to read them. If I had to choose my favourite, it would probably be Greenwood’s novel. How about you guys?

Other new releases of August 2016 can be found by genre right here on Goodreads.

Happy reading,

Loes M.

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