A few more summer reading recommendations
While travel may be limited this year, that doesn’t mean your summer reading list needs to be.
Many people may already have a reading list going that they have been plowing through during lockdown. For those who need some fresh ideas, check out these new authors who have launched their debut novels in 2020.
Who knows? You might find a new favorite among them.
Abi Daré’s book The Girl with the Louding Voice was born from her thesis for a creative writing MA at Birkbeck, University of London. In it, she seeks to shed light on how young girls are treated (often with cruelty) as informal housemaids in Lagos, Nigeria, where she was born.
Another must-read debut author is Deepa Anappara. She’s always loved writing. She worked as a journalist for 12 years in India. During that time she wrote about many children who disappeared but no one ever looked for them because their families had no money or clout. She wondered what it would be like to be a child that witnessed their friends disappearing. That thought led to the exploration of the subject through a 9-year-old boy’s eyes in Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line.
Chana Porter’s debut novel, The Seep, explores the impact of everyone getting what they want, thanks to an alien invasion. No more fighting, sharing, people working in whatever profession they choose — even astounding body modifications like wings or fins! But is it really paradise?
Looking for a bit of tragedy with a generous helping of comedy? Irishwoman Elaine Feeney’s As You Were debut novel is set in a hospital ward. There are no private rooms so everyone can hear everything. What happens when you get a group of unlikely folks together in the same room? Read the book to find out.
What if your whole life were a lie? In These Ghosts Are Family, Maisy Card explores the story of Abel Paisley. The man faked his death and took on the new identity of Stanford Solomon. The book unfolds what happened to the family Paisley left behind and the consequences of his actions.
Looking for a good scare? Check out what happens in Rachel Harrison’s The Return. Four college besties plan a weekend trip to celebrate the return of one of them who had disappeared for two years and came back with no memory of what had happened. It quickly became a trip they very much regretted.
Everyone knows the world is full of unrealistic beauty standards. Frances Cha’s If I Had Your Face relates the struggles of four friends in modern-day Seoul. The book is real and raw and provides an eye-opening look into the harsh reality of life for many Korean women.
Make the most of your summer reading
Narrowing down a slew of excellent new authors into just a few isn’t easy — we know there’s more great debut authors out there. Start with these and keep going. A fresh perspective, a new idea, renewed hope, a thrill — you never know what you will find among the pages of a book.