It's a hectic week coming up, so I thought I'd better talk about May's forthcoming books before the blog gets too busy with author visits and book chats. April is a busy month.
Miranda Beverly-Whittemore's novel, Bittersweet, is the story of a young woman, a scholarship student at a prestigious college who is welcomed into the home of her college roommate, a world of wealth, friendship, and a place where she feels she belongs. But, when she becomes an insider, she makes a terrible discovery that leads to shocking violence and dark secrets. (Release date is May 13.)
Invisible City is Julia Dahl's debut novel, the story of an up-and-coming journalist Rebekah Roberts. Just months after Rebekah was born, her mother, a Hasidic Jew from Brooklyn, abandoned her baby and Christian boyfriend to return to her religion. Now, Rebekah finds herself drawn into her estranged mother's world when she's assigned to cover the murder of a Hasidic Jewish woman in Brooklyn. (Release date is May 6.)
Peter Heller, bestselling author of The Dog Stars, returns with The Painter, a story of an artist trying to outrun his past. Jim Stegner, a well-known expressionist painter shot a man in a bar years earlier. After serving his time, Jim lives a quiet life, trying to control his dark impulses. But, when he sees a man beating a horse, his rage returns, and he kills the man. Now, he must escape the police, Dell's gang, and try to make sense of his own actions. (Release date is May 6.)
Kendel Lynn brings back Elliott Lisbon in the mystery Whack Job. Elli is the director of the Ballantyne Foundation, blending that job with her PI-in-training status by planning parties and performing discreet inquiries for charitable patrons. But the annual Wonderland Tea Party turns everyone mad as a hatter, and Elli is pulled into a shooting, a swindle, and the hunt for a Faberge egg. (Release date is May 13.)
I don't know about the book itself, but the cover of Ruth Reichl's debut novel really is Delicious! When an iconic food magazine shuts down, Billie Breslin finds the magazine's library, where a hidden room holds the letters of Lulu Swan a twelve-year-old who corresponded with legendary chef James Bead during World War II. Those letters provide Billie with a deeper understanding of history - and the history of food. And, Lulu's courage in the face of loss inspires Billie to come to terms with her own life. (Release date is May 6.)
Travel to Victorian London in Will Thomas' Fatal Enquiry. Thomas Llewellyn finally learns everything about private enquiry agent Cyrus Barker. The two detectives have to evade the law in London while the pierce together a plot devised by a man who betrayed Barker once before, almost costing him his life on the battlefield during the Boxer Rebellion. (Release date is May 13.)
And, the final treasure of May is a memoir, Delancey by Molly Wizenberg. When Molly Wizenberg married Brandon Pettit, he was a trained composer with a variety of off-beat interests. When he decided to open a pizza restaurant, she was supportive, thinking it would never happen. They ended up building the restaurant, Delancey, together. When it became a success, Molly was forced to admit she hadn't been honest with herself or Brandon. (Release date is May 6.)
I hope you find this collection of books as fascinating as I do. Is there anything that excites you on this list of books?