Books

Novelists to follow in 2014

December 16, 2013

Murakami, David Mitchell, Marilynne Robinson and Yu Hua are among the authors with major works set to publish in English in 2014. Keep an eye out for these ten authors with books on the way.

Sue Monk Kidd - "The Invention of Wings" (January 7)
The author of "The Secret Life of Bees" returns with a historical novel set in 19th century Charleston and, as its lead, the 11-year-old Sarah and her 10-year-old maid, following them through the next 35 years, which end up shaping American society as a whole.

Yu Hua - "Boy in the Twilight: Stories of the Hidden China" (January 21)
Recipient of the James Joyce award, the French Order of Arts and Letters, and shortlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize, Beijing resident Yu Hua examines the situations that befall ordinary people who make up the foundations of Chinese life.

Alexander McCall Smith (pic)- "The Forever Girl" (February 11)
From the author of numerous entries to the "No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency" and "Sunday Philosophy Club" series, McCall Smith's February publication is a self-enclosed work and a story of lifelong unrequited love — but not one without purpose or impact.

Dave Eggers - "Visitants" (March)
Compiling Eggers's travel writing into one collection and taking in everywhere from China to Cuba, Croatia to Conneticut, and promising to take readers on an experiential ride around the world from the comfort of their own armchairs.

Evie Wyld - "All the Birds, Singing" (June 20)
A rising star of British fiction, Wyld was recognized in 2013 by Granta and the Costa Book Awards. Her second full novel crafts for us the tale of a woman who is both a farmhand in Australia and a female shepherd on an English island, up against a malevolent force picking off her herd.

Haruki Murakami - "Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage" (August 12)
Perennially rumoured for the Nobel Prize and equally nonplussed by the idea, Murakami saw his latest, in which Tsukuru tried to mend both his past and present relationships, merit a first week print run of 1 million copies upon its Japanese release in 2013.

David Mitchell - "The Bone Clocks" (September 5)
As with "The Cloud Atlas", Mitchell plays with timescale and narrative perspective, not just as protagonist Holly Sykes is encountered in different modern eras and settings but as another strange power struggle is woven around her.

Sophie Hannah - Agatha Christie novel (September 9)
Crime fiction author Sophie Hannah picks up Agatha Christie's mantle at the request of the late Hercule Poirot creator's estate. The new work's publication will mark 39 years since the last Poirot outing.

Jodi Picoult - "Leaving Time" (October)
Thirteen-year-old Jenna Metcalf is on the trail of her missing mother, who vanished from the hospital after an employee at her elephant sanctuary was found dead. She turns to a disgraced psychic, Serenity Jones, who believes Alice is still alive.

Marilynne Robinson - "Lila" (Autumn)
Pulitzer and Orange Prize winner Robinson follows up on "Gilead" and "Home" with "Lila", which this time follows the wife of John Ames, principal of "Gilead", and the mother of his young son. - AFP/Relaxnews, December 16, 2013.