2013 promises to be a good year for fiction. New novels are awaited from JM Coetzee, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Helen Fielding, Kate Atkinson and Javier Marias, among many others. There should be something for everybody (see links to 2013 book lists at the end of the post).
I begin the year with high expectations, seeing as four of my favourite writers are bringing out new novels. Probably not the most uplifting of years, with war and apocalypse on the menu, but it should provide plenty of food for thought.
In February Nadeem Aslam’s new novel the Blind Man’s Garden will be published. I loved all his previous novels, particularly Maps for Lost Lovers and The Wasted Vigil. It seems that his latest work will continue the exploration of the war in Afghanistan, which he begun in The Wasted Vigil. Blind Man’s Garden tells the story of two Pakistani brothers who go to Afghanistan with the intention to help care for wounded citizen’s, and the family that is left behind. Aslam has a talent for interweaving poetry and tenderness with stories of horrible cruelty and suffering. I expect a difficult but rewarding read.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s latest novel Americanah will be published in April. Her previous novel Half of a Yellow Sun is one of my favourites and I greatly enjoyed her collection of short stories The Thing Around Your Neck. I would probably have loved Purple Hibiscus if it was not for the fact that a personal tragedy interrupted my reading. Americanah tells the story of Ifemelu and Obinze who are in love but have to flee Nigeria. They end up living very different lives, Ifemelu in America and Obinze in London. Will they have the courage to meet again after their lives have taken such different paths?
And the Mountains Echoed is the upcoming novel by Khaled Hosseini, the author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, to be published in May. If his previous work is anything to go by the novel will be heart-wrenching. This latest book tells the story of a family throughout several generations, focusing on the relationship between brothers and sisters. Better buy a pack of tissues to prepare for this one!
In August the final book in Margaret Atwood’s apocalyptic trilogy MaddAddam, will be published. I absolutely loved Oryx and Crake, and Year of the Flood was pretty great too, although I found Jimmy/Snowman’s story in the former book the most compelling. In her trilogy Atwood has created a fascinating and dark future which I very much look forward to delving into again.
I hope you also find some good books in 2013. Here are some resources to help you out:
Pages with lists of the upcoming books in 2013:
The Guardian: 2013: the year ahead in books
Flavorwire: Flavorpill’s 30 Most Anticipated Books of 2013
The Millions: Most Anticipated: The Great 2013 Book Preview
Bookmunch: 50 Books We’re Looking Forward To in 2013
King Author UK: The Year Ahead in Books: What’s coming in 2013?
Music & Film Newsfeed: 12 Books You Need To Read In 2013