Summer 2018 book preview: 7 inclusive novels that will make you think
A year of new voices
This summer's books include not only some huge debuts from brand-new authors, but also a host of inclusive stories that revolve around diverse points of view. Whether they're exploring an immigrant's pursuit of the American dream, a family's intergenerational and multicultural reckoning, or a gay man's experience of loss during the AIDS crisis, these new voices are here to stay.
There There, by Tommy Orange
A profound investigation of Native American life in Oakland, There There follows a dozen characters, each on their own complicated path — a newly sober woman hoping to win back her family, a man trying to honor his late uncle's memory — and brings them together in a grand finale at a huge community gathering. Out June 5.
A River of Stars, by Vanessa Hua
Celeste Ng and Emma Cline are just two of the authors who have already sung the praises of this powerful debut. It centers on a pregnant woman who emigrates from China with an eye toward the American dream, and traces her determined journey to manifest it for herself. Out Aug. 14.
The Incendiaries, by R.O. Kwon
R.O. Kwon’s original idea for her debut novel was based on her childhood in California, when she was a devout Christian who experienced what she describes as a “cataclysmic” loss of faith. The story follows Will and Phoebe, a couple at an exclusive East Coast college, as they simultaneously fall in love and become entangled in an extremist group hell-bent on violently disrupting abortion clinics. It’s part mystery and part love story. Out July 31.
A Place For Us, by Fatima Farheen Mirza
This is the first title to come out of Sarah Jessica Parker's new imprint (SJP for Hogarth), but it certainly won’t be the last the literary world hears of Farheen Mirza. Her sentimental epic tells of an Indian-American family that comes together on the occasion of a family wedding and must confront the cultural gap between generations. Partly inspired by Mirza’s reckoning with her own dedication to tradition, A Place for Us explores what it means to be a multinational family today. Out June 12.
Vox, by Christina Dalcher
In the wake of Hulu's Handmaid's Tale adaptation — and the volatile political climate that helped popularize it — urgent feminist dystopian fiction is all over publishing right now. Vox presents a vision of a near-future America in which women are allowed to speak a maximum of just 100 words per day. Out Aug. 21.
How Are You Going to Save Yourself, by J.M. Holmes
How Are You Going to Save Yourself follows the lives of four friends as they drift apart and come back together, navigating adulthood as black men living with traumatic legacies who have been offered very different fortunes as they come of age. Holmes' searing study in masculinity is offset by irresistible heart and biting humor. Out Aug. 21.
The Great Believers, by Rebecca Makkai
This isn't Makkai's first novel, but it is her most ambitious yet. The time-shifting epic juxtaposes the journeys of a gay man in 1980s Chicago losing friends to AIDS and a woman in contemporary Paris searching for her estranged daughter. It asks big questions about redemption, tragedy, and connection. Out June 19.