Pub Day Shout-Outs for August 3, 2021, featuring Allen, Asaka, and Jafari
Updated: Aug 6
by Ashley Dickson-Ellison (@teachingtheapocalypse)
Here are three books coming out today that I'm excited to read!
Jayne Allen's Black Girls Must Die Exhausted (Amazon | Bookshop.org)
***PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PUB DATE CHANGED! It will now be available on September 28th, so preorder your copy today!***
Description from Publisher:
"The first novel in a captivating three-book series about modern womanhood, in which a young Black woman must rely on courage, laughter, and love—and the support of her two longtime friends—to overcome an unexpected setback that threatens the most precious thing she’s ever wanted.
"Tabitha Walker is a black woman with a plan to 'have it all.' At 33 years old, the checklist for the life of her dreams is well underway. Education? Check. Good job? Check. Down payment for a nice house? Check. Dating marriage material? Check, check, and check. With a coveted position as a local news reporter, a 'paper-perfect' boyfriend, and even a standing Saturday morning appointment with a reliable hairstylist, everything seems to be falling into place.
"Then Tabby receives an unexpected diagnosis that brings her picture-perfect life crashing down, jeopardizing the keystone she took for granted: having children. With her dreams at risk of falling through the cracks of her checklist, suddenly she is faced with an impossible choice between her career, her dream home, and a family of her own.
"With the help of her best friends, the irreverent and headstrong Laila and Alexis, the mom jeans-wearing former 'Sexy Lexi,' and the generational wisdom of her grandmother and the nonagenarian firebrand Ms. Gretchen, Tabby explores the reaches of modern medicine and tests the limits of her relationships, hoping to salvage the future she always dreamed of. But the fight is all consuming, demanding a steep price that forces an honest reckoning for nearly everyone in her life. As Tabby soon learns, her grandmother's age-old adage just might still be true: Black girls must die exhausted."
Why I want to read it: I absolutely love books that center friendships and relationships between women, and books where friends help the protagonist through a challenging time are often favorites for me. This one sounds like an amazing read!
Kotaro Asaka's Bullet Train, translated by Sam Malissa (Amazon | Bookshop.org)
Description from Publisher:
"Nanao, nicknamed Lady Bird—the self-proclaimed 'unluckiest assassin in the world'—boards a bullet train from Tokyo to Morioka with one simple task: grab a suitcase and get off at the next stop. Unbeknownst to him, the deadly duo Tangerine and Lemon are also after the very same suitcase—and they are not the only dangerous passengers onboard. Satoshi, 'the Prince,' with the looks of an innocent schoolboy and the mind of a viciously cunning psychopath, is also in the mix and has history with some of the others. Risk fuels him as does a good philosophical debate . . . like, is killing really wrong? Chasing the Prince is another assassin with a score to settle for the time the Prince casually pushed a young boy off of a roof, leaving him comatose.
"When the five assassins discover they are all on the same train, they realize their missions are not as unrelated as they first appear.
"A massive bestseller in Japan, Bullet Train is an original and propulsive thriller that fizzes with an incredible energy and surprising humor as its complex net of double-crosses and twists unwind. Award-winning author Kotaro Isaka takes readers on a tension packed journey as the bullet train hurtles toward its final destination. Who will make it off the train alive—and what awaits them at the last stop?"
Why I want to read it: This one sounds fascinating! I want to start reading more thrillers, and this is exactly the kind I'm looking to read. I am also wanting to read more books in translation, so this one is a perfect fit for me.
Sara Jafari's The Mismatch (Amazon | Bookshop.org)
Description from Publisher:
"Now that Soraya Nazari has graduated from university, she thinks it’s time to get some of the life experience she feels she’s lacking, partly due to her strict upbringing—and Magnus Evans seems like the perfect way to get it.
"Where she’s the somewhat timid, artistic daughter of Iranian immigrants, Magnus is the quintessential British lad. They have little in common, so there’s no way Soraya could ever fall for him. What’s the harm in having some fun as she navigates her postgrad life? And he could give her some distance from her increasingly complicated home life, where things are strained by her father’s struggles, her mother’s unhappiness and her eldest sister’s estrangement under a vague cloud of shame fifteen years earlier.
"Distracting herself with Magnus is easy at first. But just as Soraya realizes there’s more to Magnus than she thought, long-buried secrets, and hard questions, begin to surface—will any of her relationships survive the truth coming out?
"Moving between modern-day London and revolutionary Iran, The Mismatch is a gorgeously written coming-of-age story that follows a young woman as she finds love in a most unexpected place, and a path in life amid two different cultures."
Why I want to read it: I love books that traverse two different timelines and locations, and this one has all the right ingredients for a great romance read for me! I'm intrigued by the exploration of cultural connections and how those impact relationships. I hope to read this one soon!
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