For Adult Readers
All My Goodbyes by Mariana Dimópulos, translated from Spanish by Alice Whitmore, Transit Books, 2019.
The narrator of All My Goodbyes is fiercely intelligent but incurably restless. In fitful fragments, she recounts her departure from Argentina and her eccentric scientist father, as she drifts around Europe between jobs and lovers. Convinced of her innate badness, (“my heart, which is bad,” and “my heart, which is no good” are frequent clauses), she gradually reveals her return to Argentina and possible involvement in a grisly murder in rural Patagonia. Dimópulos’ sentences flow like poison rivers, twisting from sardonic humor to pitiful loneliness to sharp observations. The peripatetic narrative is propulsive and addictive, pulling readers along for a strangely beautiful ride. A slim, sensuous and stylish novel for readers curious about contemporary South American literature, or just interested in an uneasy summer read.
For Young Adult Readers
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi, Wednesday Books, 2019.
In Roshani Chokshi’s The Gilded Wolves, a crew of young people in an alternate version of belle epoque Paris use their wits to restore their leader to his place as head of a powerful House. The characters are diverse—multiracial, from different cultural and religious backgrounds, have differing sexualities and one character is non-neurotypical. The lavish 1890s setting is perfect for the possibilities of Forging. The chemistry between Chokshi’s romantic pairs is realistic yet slightly off-script from what readers might expect. In this delicious first entry in a new series from a veteran YA author, readers will find sumptuous visuals, deep characters and a maddening 11th hour twist.
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