With long weekends and cooler weather upon us, now is the perfect time to stock up on a few good books. Here are the new releases currently on our reading list.
To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara
Best known for her unforgettably visceral and utterly heartbreaking novel A Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara is back on every must-read list with To Paradise, a three-part book spanning three centuries. Themes of race, sexuality, disease and class emerge throughout, and while each section could stand alone in its own right, together they paint a more complex picture, like a triptych artwork. To Paradise opens with an alternate version of American history, a love story of sorts set in New York, 1893. In her third story, Hanya contemplates a dystopian future set in 2093, a New York under totalitarian rule plagued by pandemics. Guided by Hanya’s perfect timing and intimate detail, this is the sort of book you immerse yourself in and devour, chapter after chapter.
Cleopatra and Frankenstein by Coco Mellors
This book would make a great TV series. Deeply flawed characters connect through fast-paced conversation and revealing confessions. Manhattan, where the story takes place, is celebrated in all its impulsive, gritty and debauched glory - in fact we’re introduced to the two main characters, Cleo and Frank, in an elevator where they meet after leaving a New Years Eve party. Cleo is young, beautiful and creative, Frank is an older advertising executive, and when they dive head-first into a marriage, it sends shockwaves through their social circles. A contemporary novel that mines through the chaos of love and friendship will inevitably be compared to Sally Rooney, but this debut book is a great weekend read in its own right.