As usual, I’m back with a few new releases that are striking, interesting or just plain need to be on everyone’s shelves. Starting with :
Savage Blue – Vikram Balagopal
From the author of the award-winning graphic novel Simian, comes an electrifying new fantasy adventure
Akila Raina, the principal’s precocious daughter, was only ten when she disappeared. Shyam, who was with her that fateful night, is daily haunted by a dream of it – a dream more grisly than reality could possibly be. Until Akila mysteriously reappears twenty years later, grown-up and gorgeous.
She tells him of surreal worlds, her travels between them, her encounters with strange creatures, their own connection across the realms and the malevolent power that lies at the heart of it all. And then she shows him…
Now, I haven’t read Simian but this cover looks like it’ll be the kind of artwork I’d LOVE. And is anyone else getting creepy but really strong Murakami vibes from this synopsis? Adding both to TBR.
Savage Blue, releasing October 12th 2016 from Harper Collins India. Preorder Now
The Good Immigrant
We’re told that we live in a multicultural melting pot – that we’re post-racial. Yet, studies show that throughout the UK, people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups are much more likely to live in poverty than white British people (Institute of Race Relations). It’s a hard time to be an immigrant or the child of one or even the grandchild of one.
The Good Immigrant brings together twenty emerging British BAME writers, poets, journalists and artists to confront this issue. In these essays about race and immigration, they paint a picture of what it means to be ‘other’ in a country that wants you, doesn’t want you, doesn’t accept you, needs you for its equality monitoring forms and would prefer you if you won a major reality show competition.
Compiled by award-winning writer Nikesh Shukla – who has long championed the issue of diversity in publishing and literary life in the UK – this book will explore why immigrants come to the UK, why they stay, what it means for their identity if they’re mixed race, where their place is in the world if they’re unwelcome in the UK and what effects this has on the education system.
Diversity is a rather important topic right now and while I read a lot of Indian authors growing up and didn’t have an issue with feeling represented, people abroad did. So I’d really like us ALL to get out hands on this one and read it.
The Good Immigrant is also releasing on the 12th of October from Random House. Preorder Now
It is 1798 and Richard Dawson, an English painter, has arrived on the southern coast of India, looking for employment. Finding his fellow countrymen unhelpful, he boldly travels to the kingdom of Tipu Sultan to catch history in the making. Though reputedly cruel to the British, Tipu allows Richard to stay at his fort in Srirangapatna, much to the resentment of his courtiers. As Richard and his apprentice, a runaway Brahmin boy called Mukunda, experiment with Indian and Western styles of painting, they find themselves drawn into a high-stakes political intrigue. Devised by the women of the former royal family of Mysore, the Wodeyars, and catalysed by the striking Suhasini, this plan to oust Tipu must involve active support from Richard and Mukunda. Both painters fall under the spell of the elusive Suhasini, even as their paintings become the unexpected crux of the last Anglo-Mysore War.
I adore historical fiction and I do paint a bit, this seems like an absolutely delicious read.
The Untitled is coming out 15th September from Fourth Estate (Harper Collins) Preorder Now
A Manual For Cleaning Women
The stories in A Manual for Cleaning Women make for one of the most remarkable unsung collections in twentieth-century American fiction.
With extraordinary honesty and magnetism, Lucia Berlin invites us into her rich, itinerant life: the drink and the mess and the pain and the beauty and the moments of surprise and of grace. Her voice is uniquely witty, anarchic and compassionate. Celebrated for many years by those in the know, she is about to become – a decade after her death – the writer everyone is talking about. The collection will be introduced by Lydia Davis.
I know this has already released internationally but it’s only releasing here now and I’m really thrilled about it. Can’t wait to get my hands on this collection. Also, would you LOOK at that cover.
A Manual for Cleaning Women has already released from PanMac India.
That’s all folks. Are you planning on picking up any of these?