Every November, Crossing Border hosts the biggest literary and music festival in The Netherlands. We go almost every year and get to know all kinds of awesome authors and their books. One of the best examples of this was Diane Cook and her collection of short stories. We read it with our book club and almost everyone loved it and put it on their top 5 list of the year. But instead waiting until Crossing Border and seeing who we like there, we figured we’d do our research a little more ahead of time! We picked books from four authors who’ll be at Crossing Border this year. We’ll read one of these for our book club in November. Be sure to start reading a little early, so you can visit the festival
Instead of waiting until Crossing Border and seeing who we like there, we figured we’d do our research a little more ahead of time! We picked books from four authors who’ll be at Crossing Border this year. We’ll read one of these for our book club in November. Be sure to start reading a little early, so you can visit the festival and meet the author. We can even turn it into a book club trip! Now onto our nominations.
Tom has always known exactly the person he is going to be. A successful footballer. A man others look up to. Now, though, the bright future he imagined for himself is threatened.
The Premier League academy of his boyhood has let him go. At nineteen, Tom finds himself playing for a tiny club in a town he has never heard of. But as he navigates his isolation and his desperate need for recognition, a sudden and thrilling encounter offers him the promise of an escape, and Tom is forced to question whether he can reconcile his suppressed desires with his dreams of success.
Leah, the captain’s wife, has almost forgotten the dreams she once held, for her career, her marriage. Moving again, as her husband is transferred from club to club, she is lost, disillusioned with where life has taken her.
A Natural delves into the heart of a professional football club: the pressure, the loneliness, the threat of scandal, the fragility of the body and the struggle, on and off the pitch, with conforming to the person that everybody else expects you to be.
Once a year, on All Souls’ Day, it is said in Ireland that the dead may return. Solar Bones is the story of one such visit. Marcus Conway, a middle-aged engineer, turns up one afternoon at his kitchen table and considers the events that took him away and then brought him home again.
Funny and strange, McCormack’s ambitious and other-worldly novel plays with form and defies convention. This is profound new work is by one of Ireland’s most important contemporary novelists. A beautiful and haunting elegy, this story of order and chaos, love and loss captures how minor decisions ripple into waves and test our integrity every day.
What it Means When a Man Falls From the Sky
Lesley Nneka Arimah
A stunning collection of short stories from Caine-Prize shortlisted and Commonwealth Writer’s Prize winner Lesley Nneka Arimah, WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY is a debut with all the imagination of Helen Oyeyemi’s The Icarus Girl and the toughness of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels.
‘When Enebeli Okwara sent his girl out in the world, he did not know what the world did to daughters’. The daughters, wives and mothers in Lesley Nneka Arimah’s remarkable debut collection find themselves in extraordinary situations: a woman whose mother’s ghost appears to have stepped out of a family snapshot, another who, exhausted by childlessness, resorts to fashioning a charmed infant out of human hair, a ‘grief worker’ with a miraculous ability to remove emotional pain – at a price. What unites them is the toughness of the world they inhabit, a world where the future is uncertain, opportunities are scant, and fortunes change quicker than the flick of a switch. Characterised by their vividness, immediacy and the author’s seemingly endless ability to conjure worlds at once familiar and unsettlingly different, this collection showcases the work of an extraordinarily talented writer at the start of a brilliant career.
The City Always Wins
Omar Robert Hamilton
This is a revolution. On the streets and in the clubs of Cairo, a political uprising is fermenting that will change the course of modern history. Mariam and Khalil, young activists and film-makers committed to their ideals, are swept up in a blaze of revolutionary fervor that will change their lives forever.
Omar Robert Hamilton’s extraordinary debut captures the feverish intensity and trauma of one of the century’s defining uprisings: the 2011 Egyptian revolution. From the euphoria of mass protests to the chilling silence of the morgue, The City Always Wins is a hugely ambitious novel of breathless, dazzling scope. In this electric sketch of a vibrant city – alive and teeming with political unrest – Cairo is both the backdrop and focus of the novel, as the author crafts unbearably vivid images with a filmmaker’s voracious eye. With razor-sharp dialogue and unforgettable characters, The City Always Wins is the only book that allows readers to pierce to the bloody heart of this uprising.
Which Crossing Border author will we get to know more closely? It’s up to you!
- Solar Bones 60%, 6 votes6 votes 60%6 votes - 60% of all votes
- What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky 30%, 3 votes3 votes 30%3 votes - 30% of all votes
- The City Always Wins 10%, 1 vote1 vote 10%1 vote - 10% of all votes
- A Natural 0%, 0 votes0 votes0 votes - 0% of all votes