Sophisticated Reads | Fiction Previews, Nov. 2018

Berlin, Lucia. Evening in Paradise: More Stories. Farrar. Nov. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9780374279486. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780374718312. SHORT STORIES Berlin, Lucia. Welcome Home: A Memoir with Selected Photographs and Letters. Farrar. Nov. 2018. 160p. ISBN 9780374287597. $24; ebk. ISBN 9780374718329. MEMOIR Published in 2015, A Manual for Cleaning Women posthumously collected stories by the brilliant, under-the radar Berlin. It went off like firecrackers. Here, as the subtitle says, are more stories for now-hungry fans. Meanwhile, at her premature death in 2004, Berlin was working on a series of autobiographical sketches called Welcome Home, which covered her peripatetic life from 1936 Alaska to 1966 Mexico. Son Jeff Berlin augments her remembrances with photos and letters. Burstein, Dror. Muck. Farrar. Nov. 2018. 400p. tr. from Hebrew by Gabriel Levin. ISBN 9780374215835. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780374717520. LITERARY Two poets vie in a Jerusalem at once contemporary and biblical, with Jeremiah beginning to doubt his abilities and Mattaniah emerging as a star even as he hides a secret: his late father was king of Judah. Then Jeremiah has a vision of Jerusalem’s destruction that he’s loathe to share with Mattaniah, who will ascend the throne and witness terrible slaughter. Will Mattaniah think he’s nuts? Kim, Eugenia. The Kinship of Secrets. Houghton Harcourt. Nov. 2018. 304p. ISBN 9781328987822. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781328990204. LITERARY In 1948, Najin and Calvin Cho, leave South Korea for the greener fields of America, taking young daughter Miran but deciding to leave behind older daughter Inja until they are established. Then war breaks out, and as her parents struggle to reunite with Inja, she in turn must struggle simply to survive. From the award-winning author of The Calligrapher's Daughter; with a 40,000-copy first printing. Mishima, Yukio. The Frolic of the Beasts. Vintage Paperback Originals. Nov. 2018. 160p. ISBN 9780525434153. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780525434160. CLASSICS Originally published in 1961 and translated into English for the first time, this brief but potent novel by Japanese master Mishima features a love story among a former university student, literary critic Ippei Kusakado, and Ippei’s mysterious wife. The publisher has had great success with its Mishima backlist. Novey, Idra. Those Who Knew. Viking. Nov. 2018. 256p. ISBN 9780525560432. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780525560449. Downloadable. LITERARY/WOMEN’S In an unnamed island country where the U.S.-supported regime fell a decade previously, Lena suspects that a prominent senator with whom she was once involved is taking advantage of the young woman introducing him at rallies. When the woman ends up dead, Lena must decide how to act. Following Novey’s triumphant debut, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist Ways To Disappear. Roy, Anuradha. All the Lives We Never Lived. Atria. Nov. 2018. 272p. ISBN 9781982100513. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781982100537. LITERARY With the Nazis rising in the West, a German artist arrives in a small Indian village and sweeps away Gayatri, a woman from his past eager to flee marriage and motherhood for soaring freedom. Her story is told by the son she leaves behind. From the author of the Man Booker long-listed Sleeping on Jupiter. Yu Hua. The April 3rd Incident: Stories. Pantheon. Nov. 2018. 224p. tr. from Chinese by Allan H. Barr. ISBN 9781524747060. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781524747077. Downloadable. SHORT STORIES A celebrated Chinese author, the recipient of multiple international awards and perhaps best known for To Live (made into a Cannes award-winning film), Yu here collects stories from the late 1980s and early 1990s. At that time, he and fellow Chinese writers were departing from traditional realist writing and taking a more inventive approach (think Borges and Faulkner) to depict earth-shaking changes in China at the time. For instance, in “A History of Two People,” a man and a woman who dream in parallel their entire lives.

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