I like perusing Oprah’s book picks. I don’t always agree with her choices, but usually I find one or two that spark my curiosity. Oprah has picked twenty hot summer books to tempt readers. These are the ones which have made it onto my wish list:
Kings of the Earth by Jon Clinch will be released in July through Random House. The novel revolves around the death of one of three elderly, illiterate brothers living together on an upstate New York farm. Rather than being a straight forward death, evidence of asphyxiation are brought forward. The story is told from multiple points of view to reveal family dynamics and secrets against the backdrop of a mystery. This book was inspired by the true story of the Ward brothers (of the 1992 documentary My Brother’s Keeper). Clinch’s writing has been compared to that of William Faulkner, Toni Morrison, Cormac McCarthy and Edward P. Jones. Read an excerpt from the book.
John Clinch is perhaps best known for his best selling debut novel Finn which centered around the fictional father of Huckleberry Finn. Read more about Clinch and his work by visiting the author’s website.
The Madonnas of Echo Park by Brando Skyhorse was released this month, and is available now through Simon & Schuster. The novel explores a variety of characters, both Mexican and American, and the intersection of cultures in Los Angeles. Author Dan Chaon writes about the book: “Brando Skyhorse writes with great compassion and wit (and a touch of magic) about the lives of people who are often treated as if they are invisible. The stories that make up this novel weave together to create a complex and vivid portrait of a Los Angeles we seldom see in literature or film.”
Brando Skyhorse was Born and raised in Echo Park, CA, and is a graduate of Stanford University and the MFA Writers’ Workshop program at UC Irvine. For the past ten years he has worked in New York publishing. The Madonnas of Echo Park is his debut novel. Read more about Skyhorse and his work by visiting the author’s website.
What is Left the Daughter by Howard Norman is scheduled to be released in July through Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Set on the Atlantic coast of Canada during WWII, the novel is a tale of love during wartime. Wyatt Hillyer, recently orphaned when both his parents commit suicide on the same day, becomes his uncle’s apprentice in a sled and toboggan business. He soon falls in love with his adopted cousin, Tilda which is complicated when Tilda brings home a German university student.
Howard Norman was born in Ohio, later moved to Toronto Canada and then returned to the United States where he received his Master of Arts degree from the Folklore Institute of Indiana University linguistics and folklore. He currently teaches creative writing in the Masters of Fine Arts program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Norman is an award winning author with numerous published works. Most of his short stories and novels are set in Canada.
Father of the Rain by Lily King is due for publication in July through Atlantic Monthly Press. This novel is narrated by the 11 year old daughter of an alcoholic father. Daley’s love for her father and desire for connection with him, can’t hide the slow deterioration of a father who is socially irresponsible. Despite this toxic relationship, Daley goes on to build a loving, stable relationship with an African-American man, but eventually returns to her father’s side after he is no longer capable of living alone. Read an excerpt.
Lily King is an award winning author. Her short work has appeared in literary journals including Ploughshares and Glimmer Train. Father of the Rain is Lily King’s third novel.
Have YOU perused Oprah’s summer reading list? Anything there that interests you?