New year, new books! I like to say that books don’t get stale. That means there’s no reason not to read an older book (an old favorite like Hilary Mantel’s A Place of Greater Safety or one I didn’t get to, such as Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous ). But there is going to be a whole new crop of great reads. I’ve gotten to read advance copies of some, while others I’ve merely heard about.
Remembrance by Rita Wood (January). A stunning debut historical novel that mixes magical realism, faith, and quantum mechanics with a story about the Underground Railroad. (January)
Tyll by Daniel Kehlmann (February) This imagining of a real life for the trickster character Tyll Ulenspiegal takes us through the bloody faith wars of 17th Century Northern Europe on a tightrope.
The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi. (March) A woman on her own in 1950s Jaipur juggles secrets to survive.
The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel (March). In which Mantel brings her truly wonderful Cromwell trilogy to a close. Sigh… I cannot wait, and yet…
And, of course, An Incantation of Cats (out Jan. 14). I had to include my second “Witch Cats of Cambridge” cozy! This book was a labor of love, and I so enjoyed letting my characters – feline and human both – grow and learn. I hope you do too!
What books are you looking forward to?