10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in June 2017

Looking for your next favorite book? Here are 10 terrific fiction picks for June!

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
by Arundhati Roy
“Twenty years after the publication of her beloved Booker Prize-winning first novel, The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy’s The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is infused with so much passion — political, social, emotional — that it vibrates. It may leave you shaking, too.” (San Francisco Chronicle

Black Moses 
by Alain Mabanckou, translated by Helen Stevenson
Mabanckou was the winner of the 2012 Académie Française’s grand prix for lifetime achievement and his latest novel has been longlisted for this year’s Man Booker International Prize. “It’s the dark but entertaining story of a boy in the Congo Republic who escapes a harrowing orphanage and ends up coming of age among a group of thieves in Pointe-Noire in the 1970s and ’80s.” (New York Times“This ribald, acerbic, and poignant coming-of-age story throws open a window to an African nation’s struggle for maturity.” (Kirkus Reviews

The Answers 
by Catherine Lacey
“While searching for a second job to pay for the treatment (“neuro-physio-chi bodywork” is pricey), Mary stumbles upon a mysterious ad for a high-paying, low-time-commitment “income-generating experience.” After several increasingly bizarre interviews, she finds herself embroiled in narcissistic actor Kurt Sky’s “Girlfriend Experiment”—a supposedly scientific inquiry designed to uncover and perfect the mechanisms of romantic love… With otherworldly precision and subtle wit, Lacey creates a gently surreal dreamscape that’s both intoxicating and profound.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Since I Laid My Burden Down 
by Brontez Purnell
“When DeShawn takes leave of his fast life in San Francisco and returns to his rural Alabama hometown, he finds time to slow down and contemplate his past and the many men—fathers, lovers, and friends—who have made him who he is… A complex, sometimes overly frenetic, look at one man’s experience of being black, queer, smart, soft, tough, artistic, and constantly in motion between rural and urban cultures.” (Kirkus Reviews) Oakland’s own Purnell is a celebrated filmmaker, musician, dancer, and writer.

Kingdom Cons
by Yuri Herrera
“The relationship between art and violence is at the core of Herrera’s (The Transmigration of Bodies) slim yet powerful novel about the various members of a drug-trafficking ring in an unnamed territory allegorically aligned with northern Mexico. A young man named Lobo, having become a street performer after being abandoned by his parents, impresses a local narco boss—a man known to him only as the King—while singing at a cantina, and he subsequently stumbles into a life of danger and excess that he never before could have imagined for himself.” (Publishers Weekly)

The Windfall
by Diksha Basu
“Culture and capital clash in Basu's charming, funny debut, which finds middle-aged Anil and Bindu Jha flush with new money after Anil sells his phone directory website for a small fortune… the novel addresses a rapidly changing India from a plethora of perspectives, and the result leaves readers laughing and engrossed.” (Publishers Weekly)

The Clothesline Swing
by Ahmad Danny Ramadan
“Nearly four decades after they fled Syria in 2012, an old man feeds his dying lover nightly stories in their creaking house in Vancouver’s West End… By turns sombre, fantastical, violent and tender, Ahmad Danny Ramadan’s English-language debut is a gay son’s conflicted love letter to Syria – a look on the present from a possible future.” (The Globe and Mail

Do Not Become Alarmed
by Maile Meloy
“Three families on a cruise are separated from their children during a shore excursion in Central America… a tautly plotted and culturally savvy emotional thriller. Do not start this book after dinner or you will almost certainly be up all night.” (Kirkus Reviews)

Lonesome Lies Before Us 
by Don Lee
“Yadin Park, a former alt-country singer/songwriter cobbles together a meagre existence in a down-on-its-heels Northern Californian beach town... a tale of heartbreak, love, and failure that will keep sounding in your head long after final page.” (Interview Magazine)

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows
by Balli Kaur Jaswal 
“Nikki has pretty much disgraced herself and her family—British, Punjabi, Sikh—several times over… Nikki begins teaching a group of Punjabi widows, who quickly hijack her lesson plans… By turns erotic, romantic, and mysterious, this tale of women defying patriarchal strictures enchants.” (Kirkus Reviews)


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I appreciate the list of

I appreciate the list of recommended fiction. But I was surprised when I requested one if the books (When I laid my burden down ) that the library doesn't have a copy of the book and doesn't even have it on order. It seems a little odd to recommend a book that you don't have a copy of.

Hi there, thanks for your

Hi there, thanks for your comment. We do have the book on order! You can click on the link in the title and that will take you to the book in our catalog.The official release date for this title is June 13 (today!), so I hope we will receive it from our vendor soon. Happy reading!

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