New York Times: 10 New Books We Recommend This Week | KyivPost

Published on March 21st. Updated March 21 at 1:46 p.m.

A customer is checking the special offers of a bookstore in Kiel, Northern Germany, as some restrictions were relaxed on March 8, 2021 as part of the novel coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic.

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Our featured novels this week will transport you to mid-century England (Shirley Hazzard’s newly published edition of “The Transit of Venus”) as well as some completely imaginary countries: a fictional African village in Imbolo Mbue’s “How Beautiful We Were”, a nameless and haunted tourist destination in Jamie Figueroa’s “Brother, Sister, Mother, Explorer”, a dream version of Transylvania in Gyorgy Dragomans “The Bone Fire”. Patricia Lockwood’s “nobody talks about it” setting – the first two-thirds of it, anyway – is essentially a fictional version of Twitter that feels two steps away from real life in real life. And yet, like all these novels, the novel still captures something beautiful and true. “The mind we were in was obsessive and persistent,” writes Lockwood at one point. “But it’s worth remembering: the mind was a place of play in childhood.”

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