Happy April! Here’s hoping this is the last time I write one of these posts with my fingers crossed in the hopes that the cold weather is finally gone. J.K. Rowling has a new book out this month, it’s non-fiction, it’s been pre-ordered, and nothing else matters. Goodnight and good luck. Okay and yeah, some other things are coming out, too!
The Folded Clock: A Diary by Heidi Julavits: Like many young girls, Heidi Julavits wrote in her diary every day. Years later, she found her old diaries, hoping to find proof that she was always destined to be a writer. The entries are daily chronicles of anxieties about grades, looks, boys, and popularity. “I want to good-naturedly laugh at this person. I want to but I can’t. What she wanted then is scarcely different from what I want today.” Thus was born a desire to try again, to chronicle her daily life as a forty-something woman, wife, mother, and writer. (April 7)
Inside the O’Brien’s by Lisa Genova: Joe O’Brien is a forty-four-year-old police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted husband, proud father of four children in their twenties, and respected officer, Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements. He initially attributes these episodes to the stress of his job, but as these symptoms worsen, he agrees to see a neurologist and is handed a diagnosis that will change his and his family’s lives forever: Huntington’s Disease. (April 7)
The Children’s Crusade by Ann Packer: Bill Blair and Penny Greenway marry and have a family of four. Yet Penny is a mercurial housewife, at a time when women chafed at the conventions imposed on them. She finds salvation in art, but the cost is high. Thirty years later, the three oldest Blair children, adults now and still living near the family home, are disrupted by the return of the youngest, whose sudden presence and all-too-familiar troubles force a reckoning with who they are, separately and together, and set off a struggle over the family’s future. (April 7)
God Help the Child by Toni Morrison. At the center: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love. There is Booker, the man Bride loves, and loses to anger. Rain, the mysterious white child with whom she crosses paths. And finally, Bride’s mother herself, Sweetness, who takes a lifetime to come to understand that “what you do to children matters. And they might never forget. (April 21)
Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling: Drawing from stories of her own post-graduate years, the world famous author addresses some of life’s most important questions with acuity and emotional force. (April 21)
What are you excited for this month? NEW J.K ROWLING? Something else?