Italian novelist Nanni Balestrini brings us We Want Everything. In the autumn of 1969, Italy exploded as workers went on strike for better pay and working conditions. In the author's fictionalized account of the uprising a young worker from Italy's impoverished south is caught up in the movement that leads to months of continuous strikes. (Release date is June 21)
David Bell's Since She Went Away is a novel of guilt and regret. Jenna Springer was supposed to meet her best friend, Celia, but Celia never showed up, and hasn't been seen since. For the past three months, Jenna has blamed herself for her friend's disappearance. When her son's new girlfriend also disappears, Jenna begins to unwind the tangled truth behind Celia's tragedy. (Release date is June 21)
Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry is a psychological thriller and an exploration of the fire love between sisters, and the terrifying power of the past. Berry's debut finds Nora arriving to visit her sister, only to find her sister has been the victim of a brutal murder. With no faith in the police, Nora's fear turns to obsession, and she becomes as unrecognizable as the sister her investigation uncovers. (Release date is June 14)
Ted Chiang's story collection, Stories of Your Life, has been published before. One quote calls it, "Beautifully crafted speculative fiction that is full of truth." The title story, "Story of Your Life" is soon to be a major motion picture starring Amy Adams, Forest Whitaker, and Jeremy Renner. (Release date is June 14)
Some of the books jump out at me with plots that are appealing. What doesn't jump out at me? The covers of most of these books. No bright colors, nothing that says "June". I will say that despite the appeal of the book subjects themselves, the covers are just dull in most cases.
Which of the books are you looking forward to reading?