Pub Day Shout-Outs for June 22, 2021, featuring Dave, Heywood, and Clayton+
by Ashley Dickson-Ellison (@teachingtheapocalypse)
Here are three books coming out today that I'm excited to read!
Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodstone, and Nicola Yoon (Amazon | Bookshop.org)
Description from Publisher:
"Six critically acclaimed, bestselling, and award-winning authors bring the glowing warmth and electricity of Black teen love to this interlinked novel of charming, hilarious, and heartwarming stories that shine a bright light through the dark.
"A summer heatwave blankets New York City in darkness. But as the city is thrown into confusion, a different kind of electricity sparks…
"A first meeting.
"And maybe the beginning of something new.
"When the lights go out, people reveal hidden truths. Love blossoms, friendship transforms, and new possibilities take flight.
"Beloved authors—Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon—celebrate the beauty of six couples and the unforgettable magic that can be found on a sweltering starry night in the city."
Why I want to read it: I mean, that author lineup is a dream come true. I'm here for everything that amazing group of women produces! And I also love short stories linked by a common thread, so that's a win for me as well! I can't wait to read this one!
Claire Heywood's Daughters of Sparta (Amazon | Bookshop.org)
Description from Publisher:
"In this thrilling reimagining of ancient Greek mythology, a headstrong girl does whatever it takes to rise up and become the most powerful fighter her people have ever seen.
"Seventeen-year-old Daphne has spent her entire life honing her body and mind into that of a warrior, hoping to be accepted by the unyielding people of ancient Sparta. But an unexpected encounter with the goddess Artemis—who holds Daphne's brother's fate in her hands—upends the life she's worked so hard to build. Nine mysterious items have been stolen from Mount Olympus and if Daphne cannot find them, the gods' waning powers will fade away, the mortal world will descend into chaos, and her brother's life will be forfeit. "Guided by Artemis's twin—the handsome and entirely-too-self-assured god Apollo—Daphne's journey will take her from the labyrinth of the Minotaur to the riddle-spinning Sphinx of Thebes, team her up with mythological legends such as Theseus and Hippolyta of the Amazons, and pit her against the gods themselves. "A reinterpretation of the classic Greek myth of Daphne and Apollo, Daughters of Sparta by debut author Claire Andrews turns the traditionally male-dominated mythology we know into a heart-pounding and empowering female-led adventure."
Why I want to read it: The comparison connecting this to Madeline Miller's Circe caught my attention because I loved that phenomenal book so much, and I'm loving the books that have been coming out exploring the role of women in ancient times and retelling some of the mythology. This one looks so interesting!
Saumya Dave's What a Happy Family (Amazon | Bookshop.org)
Description from Publisher:
"Nestled in the suburbs of Atlanta, a family learns the funniest punchlines can hide the hardest truths in this evocative women’s fiction novel from the author of Well-Behaved Indian Women.
"From the outside, the Joshi family is the quintessential Indian-American family. Decades ago, Bina and Deepak immigrated to America, where she became a pillar of their local Indian community and he, a successful psychiatrist. Their eldest daughter, Suhani, is following the footsteps of her father’s career and happily married. Natasha, their middle daughter, is about to become engaged to the son of longtime family friends. And Anuj, their son—well he’s a son and what could be better than that?
"But a family scandal shows that nothing is as it seems. Bina’s oldest friendship starts to unravel and she finds herself as an outsider in the community she helped build. Suhani discovers that her perfect marriage isn’t as solid as she thought. Natasha faces a series of rejections that send her into a downward spiral.
"As they encounter public humiliation, gossiping aunties, and self-doubt, the Joshi family must rely on each other like never before. But sometimes, family has to fall apart in order to come back stronger than before."
Why I want to read it: I'm so interested in the way that this family comes together! This one sounds like a compelling story, and I've loved some of the recent books I've read about Indian-American families, and this one promises to explore some of the cultural nuances and complexities that are fascinating to read.
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