A toppling TBR pile is the best problem to have. Here are Buzzfeed’s “19 Incredible New Books You Need To Read This Spring:”
BLACKASS by A. Igoni Barrett
A. Igoni Barrett’s brilliant novel BLACKASS is a provocative, contemporary reworking of Kafka’s Metamorphosis — but set in the bustling metropolis of Lagos and starring a Nigerian man who wakes up one day as a white man. A searing satire about race and identity in modern-day Nigeria, BLACKASS will make you both laugh and marvel at its insight.
SOME POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS by Helen Phillips
Helen Phillips’s new collection SOME POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS is a journey in possibility — every story involves a quirky “what if” scenario that often borders on downright bizarre. Sometimes surreal and always clever, SOME POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS will make you reexamine your own reality.
THE LONELY CITY by Olivia Laing
Olivia Laing’s THE LONELY CITY is a profoundly moving contemplation of loneliness as portrayed through iconic works of art and the lives of the artists, part memoir and part biography. Deeply affecting and insightful, THE LONELY CITY looks at the role of loneliness in human existence and the meaning of connection.
SHELTER by Jung Yun
Jung Yun’s thrilling debut novel SHELTER follows a debt-stricken young man and his wife who live in a house they cannot afford, while in a nearby, wealthier neighborhood, his parents (who never showed him any kindness) live in material comfort. But when a violent act leaves his parents unable to live alone, he must take them in despite the tension and anger between them. Dark and gripping, SHELTER exposes the jagged edges of parent-child relationships and the sacrifices we make in the name of family.
THE SPORT OF KINGS by C. E. Morgan
In C.E Morgan’s new novel THE SPORT OF KINGS, the Forge family is one of Kentucky’s oldest, most powerful families and the owner of one of the most powerful thoroughbreds — Hellsmouth. The Forges are obsessed with breeding the next superhorse, but a young black man who comes to work on their farm reveals the violence of their past. A tale of racism, prejudice, and the stark contrast between wealth and poverty, THE SPORT OF KINGS is a fearless meditation on the legacy of slavery in the South.
BULLIES: A Friendship by Alex Abramovich
Alex Abramovich’s BULLIES is the true story of an unlikely friendship — Abramovich runs into his childhood bully in California, decades after elementary school, who is now the president of a motorcycle club in Oakland. Provocative and thoughtful, BULLIES gazes fearlessly at violence, masculinity, and the history and future of one of America’s most dangerous cities.
THE BRICKS THAT BUILT THE HOUSES by Kate Tempest
Poet, spoken word artist, and playwright Kate Tempest debuts her fiction talents in THE BRICKS THAT BUILT THE HOUSES, a novel that perfectly captures the modern trials and tribulations of youth and urban life in London. At its core a love story, THE BRICKS THAT BUILT THE HOUSES follows characters Becky and Harry through the pivotal moments of their pasts and present and the compromises they have made in the face of their ambitions.