Every month, we’re profiling new-ish releases that are getting critical and commercial buzz. For February, we’re looking at an acclaimed new literary novel about contemporary urban Native American life, a zany Nigerian horror-comedy about siblings and serial murder, and a heartwarming memoir of friendship and the culture of cows in India.
Tommy Orange’s There, There (2018)
Tommy Orange’s debut novel has generated a lot of buzz for its vivid depiction of urban Native American life. Drawing on his own experiences growing up in Oakland, the Cheyenne-Arapaho author, Orange, presents a rich tapestry of characters, all with very different motivations for gathering together at the city’s first powwow. The result is a lyrical, thought-provoking, and devastating glimpse at contemporary Native American life and issues.
Recommended for those who enjoy Louise Erdrich’s work.
Oyinkan Braithwaite’s My Sister, The Serial Killer (2018)
Another debut generating buzz–but as far apart from There, There in subject matter and tone as can be–is this book. Set in the author’s native Nigeria, My Sister, The Serial Killer is about Korede, a practical nurse who is tired of living in her baby sister’s shadow and cleaning up her sibling’s messes, literally. Her charismatic younger sister Ayoola has a disturbing tendency to kill her boyfriends, and though Korede enables her, she begins to rethink this arrangement when Ayoola starts to express interest in the handsome doctor Korede has long pined for. Complications ensue.
Recommended for those who enjoy darkly funny stories.
Shoba Narayan’s Milk Lady of Bangalore: An Unexpected Adventure (2018)
A charmingly unique memoir, The Milk Lady of Bangalore pulls together a wide range of topics and disparate threads, ranging from modern India to cows to friendship. Author Shoba Narayan moved with her family to her native India after many years of living in the United States. She quickly befriended a neighbor, who sells milk. The inciting incident for the adventure named in the title is Shoba agreeing to help her friend find a new cow. What unfolds is a sweet story and an ample amount of information about all things cow.
Recommended for those who enjoy unique and quirky memoirs and nonfiction in equal parts.
What’s your favorite new-ish books? What books are you buzzing about these days? Have you read any of these books? Tell us in the comments! As always, please follow this link to our online library catalog for more information about any of these items.