Anyone who is worried about bearing all in a bikini will appreciate Dietland by Sarai Walker, which according to Amazon is a part coming-of-age story, part revenge fantasy. It’s a bold, original, and funny debut novel that takes on the beauty industry, gender inequality, and our weight loss obsession — from the inside out, and with fists flying.
The Rocks by Peter Nichols also looks intriguing! From Amazon: “What was the mysterious, catastrophic event that drove two honeymooners apart so suddenly and absolutely in 1948 that they never spoke again despite living on the same island for sixty more years? And how did their history shape the Romeo and Juliet-like romance of their (unrelated) children decades later?”
From Amazon Among Ten Thousand Things looks good and is written by Julia Pierpont: “Jack Shanley is a well-known New York artist, charming and vain, who doesn’t mean to plunge his family into crisis. His wife, Deb, gladly left behind a difficult career as a dancer to raise the two children she adores. In the ensuing years, she has mostly avoided coming face-to-face with the weaknesses of the man she married. But then an anonymously sent package arrives in the mail: a cardboard box containing sheaves of printed emails chronicling Jack’s secret life. The package is addressed to Deb, but it’s delivered into the wrong hands: her children’s.”
Yaa Gyasi’s debut is stunning. Homecoming is a sweeping, multigenerational story that begins with two separated half-sisters in Ghana who are unknown to each other. Each leads entirely different lives—one ends up as royalty, the other imprisoned as a slave. The novel traces their descendants through hundreds of years and across continents, chronicling their histories and hardships before ending up in 20th-century Harlem. It’s not an easy book—but it just may be one of the richest, most rewarding reads of 2016.