50 Books We Are Looking Forward to in the Second Half of 2016 – Part 2

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  1. Last time we looked at Bryan Talbot’s website, over 125 pages of the latest instalment of Grandville, entitled Grandville Force Majeure, have been inked which means that we could be on for a December release, as we’ve seen in recent years, for a new adventure featuring Detective-Inspector LeBrock of Scotland Yard.
  2. “A fierce and audaciously funny novel of” – yes, that’s right, you’ve guessed it, “families―both the ones we’re born into and the ones we create―a story of obsession, idealism, and ownership, centered around a young woman who inherits her bohemian late father’s childhood home.” Nicotine is the first new Nell Zink since the world went all kinds of crazy for her.
  3. We’re big fans of the mighty Donald Ray Pollock and his latest, The Heavenly Table, concerns “Cane, Cob and Chimney Jewett… young Georgia sharecroppers held under the thumb of their domineering, God-struck father Pearl. When he dies unexpectedly, they set out on horseback to rob and loot their way to wealth and infamy, inspired by a lurid dime novel that only one of them can read…” Looking forward to this one A LOT…
  4. Absolutely on Music Conversations with Seiji Ozawa by Haruki Murakami who says, “My only purpose in this book was for me, as a music lover, to have a discussion of music with the musician Seiji Ozawa that was as open and honest as possible. I simply wanted to bring out the ways that each of us (though on vastly different levels) is dedicated to music.”
  5. “Over the last five years, often when David Mitchell has been on holiday, the comedian Stewart Lee has been attempting to understand modern Britain, and his own place in it, in a series of irregular newspaper columns.” Content Provider is a collection of all of those columns. We hope (a) Lee retains the footnoting we saw in his last couple of books and (b) we get a glimpse of the kind of invective we see in the comments section below each of those articles (a la Adam Buxton…).
  6. Regular readers of Bookmunch will know that a new TC Boyle is always a tremendous pleasure when it lands in Bookmunch towers. The Terranauts concerns a group of individuals taking part in “the world’s most ambitious ecological experiment” and we hope that this is at least as good as The Harder They Come, A Death in Kitchawank and When the Killing’s Done
  7. Strange Weather in Tokyo was one of those books that seemed to come from the proverbial nowhere last year and it’s also the book we’ve bought the most copies of for other people in 2016 so the latest book from Hiromi Kawakami, The Nakano Thrift Shop, a story of “treasure hoarders, bargain hunters and would-be lovers” is one that we are giddy to get our hands on…
  8. Commonwealth, the new novel by the Orange Prize-winning author of Bel Canto and State of Wonder Ann Patchett, is “a powerful and tender tale of family, betrayal and the far-reaching bonds of love and responsibility”. Patchett fans will be lapping it up like a bowl of milk…
  9. Jay McInerney’s latest, Bright Precious Days, returns us to New York (of course) and the world of Russell and Corrinne Calloway who McInerney fans will recall have appeared previously in Brightness Falls and The Good Life.
  10. Two more Bookmunch favourites, Sarah Hall & Peter Hobbs, have got together in Sex and Death to preside over a “provocative, haunting and sexy collection of short stories” featuring contributions from the likes of Kevin Barry, Yiyun Li, Damon Galgut, Ali Smith, Alan Warner, Claire Vaye Watkins, Jon McGregor, Ben Marcus and Clare Wigfall, among a great many others…

 

Coming up in Part 3 of our “50 Books We Are Looking Forward to in the Second Half of 2016” we have poetry from Ben Lerner, short stories from Penelope Lively and Petina Gappah, nonfiction from Daniel Rachel and new novels from the likes of Cynan Jones and Benjamin Myers…

 


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