It’s March. Longer days cometh. Soon, the very best season will be here—a time to read on picnic blankets under trees and at wobbly café tables.
So in honor of soon-to-be Spring (and Women’s History Month), here are a few soon-to-be or just-released titles to get excited about it. These stories about the vicissitudes of women’s lives—the complexity, the goodness, the worry—will have you quickly forgetting that deep slushy puddle you stepped into this morning.
The Woman Upstairs, by Claire Messud
From the author of the wildly successful The Emperor’s Children comes this story of Nora Eldridge. Nora leads a life unlived, until it’s awakened by the Shahids, the alluring and exotic family of one of her students. When her young charge is attacked, Nora discovers the depths of her own character and learns what it means to find authenticity and love in the midst of a ho-hum life.
Release: April 30
Sisterland, by Curtis Sittenfeld
Sisterland is from the acclaimed author of Prep and American Wife, and it’s about one of my favorite subjects in literature—sisters. Psychic, somewhat estranged sisters, but sisters just the same, with all the fraught greatness that relationship can hold.
Violet is a psychic, and she’s had a vision of a massive earthquake hitting St. Louis. Her buttoned-up, suburban-dwelling sister Kate is both abashed by her eccentric twin and worried she might be right. The strange circumstances of their lives serve to highlight the obligations of sisterhood and, by extension, the inescapable bond.
Release: June 25
Calling Me Home, by Julie Kibler
This debut novel tackles love, race, and generational divides. Dorrie and Isabelle take a drive across the country together, both with their secrets. Isabelle’s star-crossed love with a young black man in 1930s Kentucky 60 years earlier must finally be given its due, while Dorrie, Isabelle’s black hairdresser, ponders her own modern-day worries of family, love, and parenting. These two unlikely travel companions will take the time-honored road trip to self-discovery.
Release: It’s out. Go read it!