TBR: June

June is here and it brings us some of the most anticipated books of the year. With Book Expo kicking off the month the literary world has been in a bit of a craze the past few weeks, but the dust is starting to settle and some pretty fantastic books are surfacing through the haze. Here are some of the most exciting books coming out this month.

  • On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous – Ocean Vuong
    • The young and talented poet Ocean Vuong has become something of a rockstar in the literary world on the heels of his debut poetry collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, and just this past week he released his debut novel to great acclaim. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (what a title!) is a coming of age story about a Vietnamese American boy growing up with his immigrant mother and grandmother in Hartford, Connecticut and exploring his family’s traumatic past through his own writing. I for one am excited to see how Vuong’s poetic mind translates into prose, and I can’t wait to read what promises to be a beautiful and heartbreaking novel.

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

  • More News Tomorrow – Susan Richards Shreve
    • Shreve’s latest novel combines mystery/thriller with literary fiction to create a contemporary masterpiece. In More News Tomorrow, Georgianna tries to solve her mother’s murder when new eyewitness evidence comes to light––67 years after the fact. Taking her children and grandchildren to the crime scene in the northern Wisconsin forest, Georgianna hopes she will finally be able to exonerate her father, William, and solve the decades old family mystery. This novel promises enough family secrets and unexpected twists to keep the reader guessing until the very end.

More News Tomorrow

  • Searching for Sylvie Lee – Jean Kwok
    • I’ve been a fan of Kwok’s since I read Girl in Translation and I look forward to returning to her writing in this new novel. Searching for Sylvie Lee explores similar themes to Kwok’s previous works, telling the story of Sylvie and Amy Lee who grew up in the Netherlands and Chinatown in New York. These sisters are struggling to balance the expectations of their Chinese heritage with the realities of their American lives, and Amy looks up to smart and successful Sylvie because she seems to have it all figured out. When Sylvie disappears to Amsterdam, Amy feels compelled to go find her––and maybe find herself along the way.

Searching for Sylvie Lee

  • Dual Citizens – Alix Ohlin
    • Alix Ohlin’s Dual Citizens examines the relationship between half-sisters Lark and Robin Brossard who grew up in Montreal together and eventually move to New York together as well. Throughout their early lives, quiet and responsible Lark has always taken on the role of caretaker for her younger, wilder sister Robin, but in New York their differences strain their relationship past the breaking point. Years after the rupture when an accident drastically disrupts Lark’s life, Robin returns to her sister’s side to become the caretaker her sister always was for her. This novel promises fascinating characters and richly drawn relationships that will take the reader on a rewarding journey.

Dual Citizens

  • Bunny – Mona Awad
    • Early reviews of Mona Awad’s new novel suggest plenty of Mean Girls cliquiness and dark humor. This novel tells the story of Samantha Mackey and the “Bunnies,” an insular and mysteriously sinister group of young women in Samantha’s MFA program. Though the Bunnies look harmless from the outside, when they invite Samantha into their group she soon discovers the seductive dangers of their twisted games. Will Samantha lose herself as she falls down the rabbit hole of belonging? I Guess we’ll just have to read the book to find out.


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