Naondel (The Red Abbey #2) by Maria Turtschaninoff

Naondel by Maria Turtschaninoff

Series: The Red Abbey Chronicles #2

Publication: April 6th 2017 by Pushkin Press

Format: Hardback Pages: 480

ISBN: 178269093X

‘In the opulent palace of Ohaddin, women have one purpose – to obey. Some were brought here as girls, captured and enslaved; some as servants; some as wives. All of them must do what the Master tells them, for he wields a deadly and secret power. But the women have powers too. One is a healer. One can control dreams. One is a warrior. One can see everything that is coming. In their golden prison, the women wait. They plan. They write down their stories. They dream of a refuge, a safe place where girls can be free. And, finally, when the moon glows red, they will have their revenge.’ – Goodreads

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ARC Review: All the Good Things by Clare Fisher

All the Good Things by Clare Fisher

Publication: June 1st 2017 by Penguin

Format: Paperback Pages: 280

ISBN: 9780241275757

Twenty-one year old Beth is in prison. The thing she did is so bad she doesn’t deserve to ever feel good again.

But her counsellor, Erika, won’t give up on her. She asks Beth to make a list of all the good things in her life. So Beth starts to write down her story, from sharing silences with Foster Dad No. 1, to flirting in the Odeon on Orange Wednesdays, to the very first time she sniffed her baby’s head.

But at the end of her story, Beth must confront the bad thing.

What is the truth hiding behind her crime? And does anyone-even a 100% bad person-deserve a chance to be good?‘ – Goodreads.

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Memoirs of a Polar Bear by Yōko Tawada

Memoirs of a Polar Bear by Yōko Tawada translated by Susan Bernofsky

Publication: March 2nd 2017 by Portobello Books

Format: Paperback Pages: 256

ISBN13: 9781846276316

‘Someone tickled me behind my ears, under my arms. I curled up, became a full moon, and rolled on the floor. I may also have emitted a few hoarse shrieks. Then I lifted my rump to the sky and tucked my head beneath my belly: Now I was a sickle moon, still too young to imagine any danger. Innocent, I opened my anus to the cosmos and felt it in my bowels.

A bear, born and raised in captivity, is devastated by the loss of his keeper; another finds herself performing in the circus; a third sits down one day and pens a memoir which becomes an international sensation, and causes her to flee her home.

Through the stories of these three bears, Tawada reflects on our own humanity, the ways in which we belong to one another and the ways in which we are formed. Delicate and surreal, Memoirs of a Polar Bear takes the reader into foreign bodies and foreign climes, and immerses us in what the New Yorker has called “Yoko Tawada’s magnificent strangeness”.’ – Portobello Books

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Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Publication: February 23rd 2017 by Apollo

Format: Hardback Pages: 489

ISBN13: 9781786691354

Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan.

So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.Goodreads.

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My Beautiful Shadow by Radhika Jha

My Beautiful Shadow by Radhika Jha

Publication: March 1st 2017 by Jacaranda Books

Format: Paperback Pages: 225

ISBN13: 9781909762473

“I have a secret. I belong to a club. And my club is the biggest, best kept secret in all of Tokyo.”

Kayo is a young Tokyo housewife and mother. Outwardly, she is no different from other young mothers. But she has a secret. She belongs to a kind of club. It involves beautiful clothes and accessories and is the most important thing in the women’s lives.

The club makes it possible for Kayo to escape the tedium of her life and to embrace a dazzling new world. But it quickly becomes an obsession, a drug, the way to both paradise and hell. Can she find her way out of the dark underworld of debt, lies and prostitution? Or is she doomed to exchange one form of loneliness for another? 

A deeply absorbing novel about the ‘holes’ that suddenly appear in women’s lives, My Beautiful Shadow is also a powerful cautionary tale about consumerism gone mad.Goodreads.

 

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