Looking for a great read? This week, we are here with more exciting new releases by bestselling writers to start off your weekend right.
A Passage North, Anuk Arudpragasam (Hogarth Press, July 13)
Anuk Arudpragasam's latest work, A Passage North, has been shortlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize. Set in the aftermath of Sri Lanka's civil war, the book follows a young Tamil man as he journeys into the war-torn north for a dutiful visit. A Passage North is profoundly philosophic and politically charged, exploring the enduring scars of war.
Read an excerpt here: Last Rites
A Farewell to Gabo and Mercedes, Rodrigo García (HarperCollins, July 27)
A Farewell to Gabo and Mercedes is one son's honest and moving tribute to his parents. Narrated by Rodrigo Garcia, the eldest son of one of the most celebrated writers of our time—Gabriel García Márquez—it's both a recount of the final days with his father and mother, and what it was like to share his father with the world.
Fans of Gabriel García Márquez wouldn't want to miss this. Read an excerpt here: A Great Storyteller Loses His Memory
How I Became a Tree, Sumana Roy (Yale University Press, August 31)
In How I Became a Tree, Sumana Roy, an Indian author and poet, strikingly portrays what it means to be human in nature, inspiring readers to think about themselves and the natural world of which they are an intrinsic part, in a fresh way.
Read an excerpt of the book, published in The Paris Review: Tree Time
Beautiful World, Where Are You, Sally Rooney (FSG, September 7)
Beautiful World, Where Are You is a new novel by Sally Rooney, the bestselling author of Normal People and Conversations with Friends. The book follows two women in their twenties—Alice and Eileen. Alice, a novelist, who meets a warehouse worker named Felix and promptly invites him to come to Rome with her. Back in Dublin, Alice's best friend Eileen is trying to get over a breakup by flirting with Simon, a guy she has known since childhood. Life quickly catches up to them as they get to know each other, break each other's hearts, and search for the illusive "beautiful world".
Read an excerpt from the book, here: Unread Messages
A Time Outside This Time by Amitava Kumar (Knopf)
Amitava Kumar’s brand new novel, A Time Outside This Time is a journalist’s literary response to an era of fake news. While attending a prestigious writer's retreat, Satya is suddenly very disturbed by the political climate of both of the countries he calls home—led by leaders who stir up discord and abuse social media and information—and gets inspiration for a new book, “Enemies of the People”. The protagonist being a journalist and writer himself, he sets out to do what a true journalist would do: He puts himself in several real life situations and looks for the truth. The New Yorker has called A Time Outside This Time a “nonfiction novel”.
Scroll published an excerpt from the book you can read online, here: What have fake news and lies got to do with Amitava Kumar’s new novel? Everything
Kabir, Kabir by Purushottam Agarwal (Westland)
Kabir, Kabir: The Life of India's Greatest Poet-Mystic offers refreshing insights into India’s pre-colonial times through the life and works of Kabir, a fifteenth-century poet and philosopher of love, longing, and self-awareness. His works continue to captivate people from all over the world because of their relevance. In this book, Purushottam Agarwal who spent most of his life studying and researching Kabir, revisits them but in a more nuanced milieu of today's social and cultural context. Over six chapters, Agarwal goes beyond literary aesthetics or philosophy, he immerses himself in Kabir's imagination and creativity, and gives his readers an extensive look at how Kabir might have wanted to be understood.
Read an excerpt on Scroll, here: How Kabir’s search for solitude is like modern humans’ search for privacy in totalitarian times