One of our New Year resolutions (it's not too late!) is to read more. Nothing fuels creativity like a good book! That said, here are eight releases—all rich and rife with culture, mystery, tears, and laughs—set to come out in the next 12 months. We can't wait to fill our shelves up.
Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
This critically-acclaimed author's new short story collection jumps from narrative to narrative, but each tale has one thing in common: they all belong to women. There's a wife who pretends not to notice when her husband and his twin brother switch places, two sisters abducted as children, and a black engineer navigating her white male-dominated field.
Boyhood: A Long Lyric by Charlie Samuya Veric
Set in "an unnamed town bordered by mountains and sea." this tome of poetry is an experiment in memory, telling tales of forgotten places in lyric fragments. Charlie takes the act of remembering a vanished time and turns it into verse—as he so poignantly asks, "If memory were a book, what would it look like?"
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
A saga set in 1930s Korea and Japan, Pachinko details the struggles of one family's poverty, discrimination, and shame in the wake of a daughter's pregnancy and subsequent abandonment by her lover. Already garnering praise from the likes of Junot Díaz and David Mitchell, this is a bestseller in the making.
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Si Betchay At Ang Sacred Circle by Rogelio Braga
The first of a series set in Silay, Negros Occidental, Rogelio's latest offering follows the adventures of the Sacred Circle barkada in unveiling secrets behind Bacolod's famous Masskara Festival. This is going to be a good one, we just know it: Rogelio's book of plays, Sa Pagdating Ng Mga Barbaro, was shortlisted for the Madrigal-Gonzales Best First Book Award.
The Lucky Ones by Julianne Pachico
This debut novel interweaves the lives of wealthy teenagers, their maids and teachers, and the guerrillas and paramilitaries of the tumultuous Colombian civil war. Different as they individually seem, their fates are undeniably intertwined.
Notes of a Crocodile by Qiu Miaojin
Qui is one of China's most prominent gay writers, and his latest release follows the friendship, artistic development, and love of a group of "queer misfits" at a university in 1990s Taipei. Crafted via an interesting mix of notes, diary entries, short scenes, and satire, it's an early cult classic.
Sonora by Hannah Lillith Assadi
An Arizona teenager of mixed Palestinian and Israeli heritage comes of age amidst sex and drug experiments with companion Laura, later on dealing with a series of mysterious deaths claiming their classmates one by one—the very premise has us on the edge of our seats.
The Windfall by Diksha Basu
Another debut, Diksha's follows the story of a family "discovering what it means to be nouveau riche in modern India," and is by all accounts hilarious. Set in New Delhi, it's already been dubbed "the funniest novel to come out of India in years" by comedic novelist Gary Shteyngart.