5 Fave “New to Me” Author Discoveries or Audiobook Narrations This Year
The Makioka Sisters – Jun’ichirō Tanizaki
Serialized from 1943 to 1948, this is obviously not a new book. So why did I take so long to read this? And why aren’t more people reading this book? It’s kind of like a a Japanese Pride and Prejudice, focusing on four sisters from an old family in Osaka, two are married and two are not. Some of his other works include A Cat, a Man, and Two Women, and Some Prefer Nettles
Bluets – Maggie Nelson
I adored this book about the colour blue. It is only 95 pages but it is filled with so very much. And I can’t wait to see what else Maggie Nelson has written, like The Argonauts and The Red Parts: Autobiography of a Trial,
Ru – Kim Thuy
Another slim book but it packs such a punch. Kim Thuy’s writing is poetic, moving, evocative. I’ve seen another book of hers, Mãn, but haven’t read it yet.
A Bride’s Story (Otoyomegatari) – Kaoru Mori
A story set along the Silk Road sometime in the 19th century perhaps (?) about a woman from a nomadic tribe who is betrothed to a 12-year-old boy from a different tribe. Such beautiful illustrations and a really great storyline too. She also has written other series like Emma and Shirley
Brown Girl Dreaming and Another Brooklyn – Jacqueline Woodson
Woodson probably doesn’t need much of an introduction. She is such a wonderful writer! I listened to Brown Girl Dreaming though so while I knew that it was a novel in verse, as an audiobook it didn’t come across like one. So I may buy my own copy one day to read it in verse.