I am sorry this is very late, and that I’ve also kind of vanished in general. I have just had a major change in my work circumstances – I will do my best to explain a bit later. I am having a hard time right now, so updates might be scarce.
Apr 11: Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar [YA/MG]
OK this is set to be a quintessential #ownvoices book, as far as I can tell. Disabled Cuban-Jewish immigrant protagonist, the story is based on the author’s childhood experiences. (If you read the back cover blurb – the author herself was also in a full body cast.)
Apr 11: When I Grow Up I Want to be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen [Poetry]
Debut collection from a Chinese-American queer immigrant poet! It is already garnering best-of list mentions and it’s not even out yet. It looks from the summary that this volume might have somewhat similar themes to When the Chant Comes by Kay Ulanday Barrett, which I am planning on reviewing soon.
Apr 18: The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie [YA/MG] [SFF]
Sequel to one of my favorite YA novels of 2016, The Abyss Surrounds Us – queer teen pirates, sea monsters, ACTION, and a book-length disassembling of the captive love interest trope. Sign me up for the new one too 😀
Apr 18: My Cat Yugoslavia by Pajtim Statovci, translated by David Hackston [Adult] [Magical realism] [Translation]
This is apparently a novel about a gay Muslim guy from Kosovo who’s a refugee in Finland and who has a cruel talking cat?? By an author from Kosovo who’s a refugee in Finland, no guarantees about the talking cat though. This novel looks epic – another magical-realist book that is not marketed at the speculative fiction crowd at all, but it is nicely gathering starred reviews. I already have it on library hold, I want this book to be thrown at me.
Apr 25: Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus [Adult] [SFF]
Maurice Broaddus just had a short story collection out, and once I dig myself out from under my “I have been even worse off healthwise than usual” pile (I’m working on it!) you will get a review of that one too, G-d willing. This is a new novella from Tor. Tor had some amazing work from Black authors last year, here’s hoping for more!
Apr 26: Through Immortal Shadows Singing by Mari Ness [Adult] [SFF] [Poetry]
Novella-length epic poem about Helen of Troy. Mari Ness has a strong and self-assured poetic voice, and an affinity for mythic themes – so this is definitely a work to look forward to. (I would also like to see a novel! 🙂 )