If you are looking for a new ebook to read, the The National Book Foundation has announced the Longlist for the 2019 Book Award for Fiction and it’s full of great titles.The list includes a range of genres, but a resounding similarity between them are the raw and realistic depictions of the human experience.
In her debut novel, Brodesser-Akner addresses male privilege and the struggle of divorce. Fleishman Is in Trouble throws a father into taking full responsibility for his children after his wife leaves him, and he’s forced to reconsider what it means to be a father and a parent.
This coming-of-age novel by Choi is set in 1980’s suburbia and centers on two students at a performing arts high school who fall in love. The writing of Trust Exercise makes this straightforward plot extraordinary as the reader must question the difference between fact and fiction.
Fajardo-Anstine creates a poignant study of Latinas of indigenous descent through this debut collection of short stories. Sabrina & Corina: Stories is rooted in one place, Denver, yet it explores a variety of themes such as ancestry, incarceration, illness, gentrification and domestic violence with a compassionate hand.
Man Booker Prize winner James weaves African mythology into this fiercely original epic about a lost boy and the fantastical characters bent on finding him. Black Leopard, Red Wolf is the first installment in what is set to be a compelling trilogy.
Lalami’s The Other Americans shifts between perspectives in this story set in a small Southern California town threatening to explode with tension. The Other Americans starts out with the murder of a Moroccan immigrant that leaves witnesses and survivors in shock, and divisions between people’s cultural identities and personal beliefs become glaringly clear.
Parsons illuminates the gritty side of Texas with these short stories that reckon with drugs, motels, sexuality and self-harm. From dark subjects and places, a sense of hope and yearning grows and proves Black Light: Stories has an emotional scope as expansive as the state in which it’s based.
The Need, the fifth book by Helen Phillips, features a paleobotanist who makes discoveries in both her work and her home, where a disturbing intruder confronts her. The subsequent events lead her to question reality and motherhood in this genre-bending drama.
Julia Phillips, a Fullbright fellow, brings forth powerful questions of class, gender and ethnicity in Disappearing Earth, which is about two sisters who vanished from a remote Russian city.
Renowned poet Vuong creates a patchwork of a life with this epistolary novel in which a son attempts to reveal his life secrets to his mother, who cannot read. Like in his critically acclaimed poetry collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds, Vuong’s Vietnamese background serves as the contemplative landscape for On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous.
2016 National Book Award Winner Whitehead’s newest work of fiction, The Nickel Boys is based on the true story of a diabolical reform school in Florida that traumatized generations of students over its 111-year history. Two teens trapped in this vicious environment struggle to preserve their idealism and lives.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.