What Do You Look Forward to Reading in the New Year?

January is here, and it seems that everyone who reads is ranking the top books of 2014 while suggesting which of 2015’s titles promise to be the best. The Huffington Post’s list of most anticipated 2015 fiction reads came out last week, and it contains two new titles that sound especially enticing.

Prudence by David Treuer

Prudence by David Treuer

USC professor David Treuer is perhaps best known for his knowledge of and writing about Native American culture, and for having penned Rez Life. His new novel Prudence veers away from Treuer’s previous writing about Native American life in his native Minnesota temporally: this new story is set during World War II and it tells the story of Frankie, a soldier who witnesses a shocking, brutal crime while visiting his Minnesotan family for the last time before leaving for war. This crime leaves an indelible mark on Frankie, leaving him forever changed.

A similarly dark and dramatic new novel that sits alongside Prudence on the Huffington Post’s list is the newest title from author T.C. Boyle. The Harder They Come, true to Boyle’s legacy, tackles a number of intertwined themes concerning contemporary American life – in this case, mental illness, mass violence, and PTSD – and leaves the reader wondering “who’s really at fault here?”

If you would like to host Treuer and Boyle in 2015 to have them discuss their newest books and what motivates their writing, contact Books In Common.

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