Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer (September, Hamish Hamilton)
New Jonathan Safran Foer!! Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is one of my all-time favourites and I’ve been (im)patiently waiting for a new novel for him since 2011. We still don’t know too much about this novel, but it appears to be about the life of a Jewish American family whilst the Middle East is in turmoil. But to be honest it could be about paint drying and I would read it.
The Hamlet Retelling by Gillian Flynn (Vintage)
Continuing the theme of fave authors releasing new stuff, Gillian Flynn is part of the Hogarth Shakespeare re-tellings and I’m looking forward to all of them, but especially this one. I’m not actually sure if this is due in 2016 or 2017 but I’m excited for it all the same.
The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee (February, Houghton Mifflin)
I’ve heard people on one of my favourite book press sites Book Riot talking about The Queen of the Night for what feels like most of the year. It’s the story of a famous soprano who finally gets the chance to originate a role in an opera, only to find that the story is based on an event from her own life. A theatrical historical mystery sounds so up my street so I’m eager to get my hands on this.
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld (April, Borough Press)
Sisterland aside, I generally love the books that Sittenfeld writes, so this updating of Pride & Prejudice really rings my bells. She has a really dry sense of writing characters anyway, so I feel like the modern Elizabeth Bennett and Mr Darcy are going to be really well-done. I’m also one of those strange people who loves adaptations of P&P despite not actually being a massive fan of the original novel.
Speak by Louisa Hall (February, Orbit)
Again, another Book Riot recommendation, a novel that focuses on the creation and destruction of a new breed of Artifical Intelligence. Apparently it explores life and science and sounds a tad bit David Mitchell-y which I am always up for.