Friday, December 30, 2011

What I'll be Reading in 2012- And What You Should Read, Too!

The first half of 2012 is going to be filled with amazing new books. Here are some of my picks for what to look out for.

The first new book I'm going to start in 2012 is Simonetta Angello Hornby's The Nun, out now from Europa Editions. From the publisher:
August 15, 1839. Messina, Italy. In the home of Marshall don Peppino Padellani di Opiri, preparations for the feast of the Ascension are underway. This may be the last happy day in the life of Agata, the Marshall's daughter. She and the wealthy Giacomo Lepre have fallen in love. Agata however must forsake her beloved Giacomo for the good of her family. Unfortunately the extended families of these illicit lovers cannot come to an agreement in their efforts to put the tawdry matter of their offspring's affair to rest and when Marshall don Peppino dies, Agata's mother decides to ferry her daughter far from Messina, to Naples, where she hopes to garner a stipend from the King. The only boat leaving Messina that day is captained by the young Englishman, James Garson.
Adam Johnson's The Orphan Master's Son is a dense, long and engrossing thriller set in North Korea. It's Random House's big winter book and it's one with which to curl up next to the fireplace. I've been reading it slowly for a while now and I think it's a great book for some serious winter hibernation! Out in January.

Also in January:
  • The Little Russian, by Susan Sherman (Counterpoint),
  • The Last Nude, by Ellis Avery (Riverhead),
  • What They Do in the Dark, by Amanda Coe (W.W. Norton).
The Flight of Gemma Hardy is out February, and it's Margot Livesey's retelling of Jane Eyre set in Scotland of the 1960s. I read this already and I liked it- I think Eyre fans will want to read it and I think it will make a splash among womens' fiction readers. HarperCollins.

Also out in February from Grove Press is Me and You, by Niccolo Ammaniti. From the publisher:
From internationally best-selling author Niccolò Ammaniti, comes a funny, tragic, gut-punch of a novel, charting how an unlikely alliance between two outsiders blows open one family’s secrets.
Lorenzo Cumi is a fourteen-year-old misfit. To quell the anxiety of his concerned, socially conscious parents, he tells them he’s been invited on an exclusive ski vacation with the popular kids. On the morning of the trip, Lorenzo demands that his mother drop him off before they arrive at the train station, insisting that his status will be compromised if he shows up accompanied by his mother. Reluctantly, she agrees, and as soon as she is safely out of the vicinity, he turns around and makes his way back to his neighborhood, to put his real plan in motion: for one blessed week, Lorenzo will retreat to a forgotten cellar in his family’s apartment building, where he will live in perfect isolation, keeping the adult world at bay. But when his estranged half-sister, Olivia, shows up in the cellar unexpectedly, his idyll is shattered, and the two become locked in a battle of wills—forced to confront the very demons they are each struggling to escape.
Also in February:
  • Three Weeks in December, by Audrey Schulman (Europa Editions), and
  • All That I Am, by Anna Funder (HarperCollins).
Literary fiction readers take note- April brings a new one from William Boyd, Waiting for Sunrise, coming from HarperCollins. 

But May is going to be month when I blow my hardcover allowance! Coming up in May we have
  • The Twelve, by Justin Cronin, his long-awaited sequel to The Passage,
  • The Chemistry of Tears, the latest by Booker Prize winner Peter Carey,  and
  • Bringing Up the Bodies, Hilary Mantel's sequel to her Booker Prize winner Wolf Hall.
What are you looking forward to in 2012? Do you have some galleys in your pile right now? What have you already dipped into? I'm always looking for more ideas!