• The cover of the book Human Acts

    Human Acts

    This is the second novel by Han Kang, who won the Man Booker International Prize for her first novel, The Vegetarian. Human Acts, equal parts poetic and disturbing, is about Dong-ho, a 15-year-old boy killed in the 1980 Gwangju uprising, when students protesting South Korea’s dictatorial regime were violently slaughtered by the nation’s army. On the surface, this boy is a nobody, but as the book unfolds, each interconnected chapter reveals a web of survivors who were in some way touched by Dong-ho’s life and continued to be haunted by his death.

     
  • The cover of the book Lincoln in the Bardo

    Lincoln in the Bardo

    George Saunders, author of story collections Tenth of December and Pastoralia, delivers his first novel, which is inspired from a true moment in our nation’s history. In 1862, the Civil War is raging on and the country is steeling itself for what looks to be a drawn out and bloody fight. Concurrently, in the White House, President Lincoln’s 11-year-old son dies from illness, sending the president into deep grief. From there, Saunders blends historical fiction with magical realism, imagining Willie caught in a purgatory—the Bardo in Tibetan tradition—where other ghosts begin to squabble over young Willie’s eternal soul. This novel is like nothing you’ve ever read and will be the one everyone is talking about this spring.

     
  • The cover of the book Imagine Wanting Only This

    Imagine Wanting Only This

    After spotting an abandoned mining town following her beloved uncle’s funeral, illustrator Kristen Radke began a lifelong obsession with ruins—the traces of places that civilization has abandoned. In this genre-bending graphic novel, Radke takes us on a round-the-world tour of deserted cities and ruined places, drawing them in black and white and musing on the people and places left behind, while also pondering larger questions of grief, identity and human suffering.

     
  • The cover of the book Men Without Women

    Men Without Women

    In this astounding new short story collection, Murakami turns his keen powers of observation on the lives of men who, for some reason or another, owing to varying circumstances, find themselves alone. These seven stories, told in the author’s signature wry humor, tell of vanishing cats and broken hearts, of The Beatles and baseball, and will appeal to anyone who’s ever felt the stab of loneliness—man or woman alike.

     
  • The cover of the book The Windfall

    The Windfall

    Fans of The Wangs vs. The World or Crazy Rich Asians will love Diksha Basu’s uproariously funny debut novel of a family discovering what it means to be nouveau riche in modern India, a country striated by class and wealth. This comedy of manners illuminates the snobbery of new money and the aching desire to belong somewhere.