New in Fiction: 5 Must-Reads
#WeekendReads.These five family sagas and multi-generational tales top our to-read list this month.
THE EXCELLENT LOMBARDS (Grand Central Publishing) by Jane Hamilton
THE NEST (Harper Avenue) by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
THE TRANSLATION OF LOVE (Knopf Canada) by Lynne Kutsukake
This debut novel from 64-year-old Toronto writer and librarian Lynne Kutsukake tells the story of a young girl who was in a Canadian internment camp during the Second World War before being repatriated to Japan, where she uses her knowledge of English and North American culture to help a classmate find her sister. Despite calling herself “a late, late, late bloomer”, Katsukake has recently been named the New Face of Fiction for Knopf Canada.
AS CLOSE TO US AS BREATHING (Hachette) by Elizabeth Poliner
This multi-generational family saga begins in 1948 along a small stretch of Connecticut shoreline known affectionately as “Bagel Beach.” A long-time summer destination for Jewish families, the shore is an idyllic retreat from real life until the summer when tragedy strikes, leaving long-lasting reverberations.
CONVERSATIONS FOR TWO (The Jam Press) by Jacqueline Markowitz
This exploration of suicide and grief becomes a dialogue between siblings, as a middle aged woman tries to make sense of her brother’s suicide twenty-five years before. After discovering a box of his journals, she gains insight into the passions and love that defined him. Billed as a novel that is based partially on real life experiences – the author actually did have a brother who committed suicide and was a poet – the story weaves both Markowitz’s prose and her brother’s poetry into the narrative.