Are you enchanted by the aroma of freshly printed books, just like me? Well, as a kindred spirit in the realm of book lovers (and hoarders!), I can sense that beholden smile. To elevate the substance of your bookshelves, we bring you a meticulously curated list of recently released books. These eight literary fiction gems, hot off the press, are weaving a spell of words and imagination around you. Dive into the enchantment by exploring the list—
Old Babes in the Wood by Margaret Atwood
In this collection of 15 remarkable stories, Margaret Atwood explores the richness of human experience, offering insights into our contemporary era with her characteristic wit, intellect, and keen observations. At the core of the collection are seven exceptional stories that trace the journey of a married couple through the decades, capturing the significant and subtle moments that compose a lifetime of extraordinary love — and what follows. Marking her return to short fiction for the first time since the 2014 collection Stone Mattress, Atwood demonstrates both her imaginative prowess and profound humanity in these remarkable tales.
Roman Stories by Jhumpa Lahiri
Drawing inspiration from the city that has been her home for the last few years, Jhumpa Lahiri’s latest fictional endeavour shifts its focus to the inhabitants of Rome. Skillfully intertwining each character’s narrative with the daily encounters they have with a specific set of steps, Lahiri explores the perpetual evolution and transformation of the city. In a masterful display, she illuminates the joys and sorrows embedded in the fabric of daily life. Whether it’s a man grappling with the loss of his former self, a couple navigating through the complexities of grief, or a family striving to establish roots in a new city, Lahiri’s richly crafted characters linger in the reader’s mind long after the final page is turned.
Victory City by Salman Rushdie
In the sweeping saga crafted by Booker Prize-winning, internationally bestselling author Salman Rushdie, we delve into the extraordinary narrative of a woman who breathes life into a fantastical empire, only to find herself gradually consumed by its complexities over the passing centuries. In the aftermath of an inconspicuous battle between two long-forgotten kingdoms in 14th-century southern India, a divine encounter befalls a nine-year-old girl, altering the course of history. Grieving the loss of her mother, Pampa Kampana becomes a conduit for a goddess who speaks through her. Bestowing upon her incomprehensible powers, the goddess reveals Pampa Kampana’s pivotal role in the rise of a magnificent city named Bisnaga—”victory city”—destined to be a marvel in the world. This epic tale unfolds from the transcendent realms of Rushdie’s imagination.
A Small Sacrifice for an Enormous Happiness by Jai Chakrabarti
In this collection of 15 masterful stories, Jai Chakrabarti delves into the complexities of family dynamics in our contemporary world, spanning continents and cultures. The characters grapple with their most intimate desires, making pivotal choices that redefine their lives while navigating the challenges of borders, religions, and race. A Small Sacrifice for an Enormous Happiness captures the essence of men and women wrestling with transformation and familial connections. Across diverse landscapes and cultural intersections, the stories illuminate the profound meaning of love amidst uncertainty, showcasing the storyteller’s impressive vision and skill in portraying the intricacies of the human experience.
The Making of Another Major Motion Picture Masterpiece by Tom Hanks
From the iconic actor and bestselling author comes a novel chronicling the creation of a star-studded, multimillion-dollar superhero action film, intertwined with the humble comic books that served as its inspiration. This engaging narrative, balancing humour, sentiment, and profound reflections, also offers a lens into the evolving landscape of America and its culture since World War II.
Sakina’s Kiss by Vivek Shabhag
Late one evening, a knock on the door throws Venkat’s life out of sync and into the world of street gangs and murky journalism. Set over four sleepless days, Venkat finds himself losing grasp of the narrative even as his wife and daughter grow distant. Shabhag’s Sakina’s Kiss is a delicate and precise meditation on the enduring presence of age-old biases and shaken masculinity in India’s evolving social and political landscape. Vivek Shanbhag’s ingenious craftsmanship navigates the delicate space between truth and perception, creating an unforgettable
Age of Vice by Deepti Kapoor
Navigating seamlessly through time and perspectives in present-day India, “Age of Vice” unfolds as an epic, action-packed narrative driven by the alluring wealth, jolting corruption, and ruthless violence emanating from the Wadia family. Revered by some, despised by others, and feared by all, the Wadia family operates in an era defined by vice. In this age, money, pleasure, and power reign supreme, and the familial bonds that connect can also become lethal.
Hello Beautiful by Ann Napolitano
Written by the bestselling author of Dear Edward, this family narrative poses a poignant question: Can love mend a fractured soul? Described as “powerfully affecting” by People, Hello Beautiful serves as an exquisite tribute to Louisa May Alcott’s enduring classic, Little Women. The novel presents a deeply touching depiction of the transformative potential inherent in choosing to love someone not despite their flaws, but precisely because of them.
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About the Author:
29-year-old Apoorva Khare works as an editor with a leading publishing house based in New Delhi. She has recently published her debut novel Beneath the Gulmohar Tree which is available globally on Amazon. | Apoorva’s Instagram