Books we're Looking Forward to in 2017
Universal Harvester – John Darnielle
New fiction from the mastermind behind The Mountain Goats is set in a video store and If it’s anything like his masterful Black Sabbath-themed fiction, first novel proper or his music, it promises to be pitch black and deftly perceptive.
Anything is Possible – Elizabeth Stroud
The Pulitizer Prize winner’s My Name is Lucy Barton was one of the critical hits of last year, a meditation on family ties, pain reverberating through generations and the impossibility of ever escaping the past. This new novel (not, we’re informed, inspired by Kevin Garnett’s famous exclamation) explores similar themes in a small town setting.
Roots, Radicals and Rockers - Billy Bragg
A long overdue history of skiffle, a DIY musical movement which saw a surge in the popularity of guitars stateside. Anyone who has seen one of Bragg’s shows, which lean heavily on his funny, chatty, outraged persona, will be hoping he brings that same approach to his writing.
Men Without Women – Haruki Murakami
A collection of seven short stories based around the familiar Murakami theme of loneliness. Expect weirdness.
South and West (from a notebook) - Joan Didion
Plucked from her archives, this new release from the incomparable essayist is drawn from a 1970s road trip with her then-husband and her work for Rolling Stone covering the Patty Hearst trial.
Exit West - Mohsin Hamid
From the author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, comes a new work billed as a “timely love story that brilliantly imagines the forces that transform ordinary people into refugees”. One of the most perceptive observers of the here and now, Hamid also has a flair for combining innovation with genuinely moving narratives.
The Passenger – Cormac McCarthy
There’s only one Cormac McCarthy and he can (and does) release books as infrequently as he likes. This is his first novel since the indelible, grey skies beauty of The Road, which was released a decade ago. Little is known, other than it’s science fiction.
Hunger – Roxane Gay
Following up on the popular essay collection Bad Feminist, the prominent commentator, writer (and competitive scrabble player) will bring her punchy but nuanced approach to body image and eating, issues she covered in a memorable appearance on This American Life.