Quick Pick: April 1, 2016

cover of the year of the runaways by sunjeev sahotaThe Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota

This book has already made a huge mark prior to this week’s US release: It was short-listed for the Man Booker Prize; The Guardian and The Independent both named it one of the best books of 2015; and Granta named Sahota one of the “Best of Young British Novelists.” I agree with it all! This is a very intense, textured story of three men and a woman who come over from India to try to make a life for themselves in England. It is a remarkable look at their struggle and the difficulties of immigration, as well as a story of hope and love, all while facing adversity and prejudice. The Year of the Runaways is beautiful and brave, a really difficult but outstanding read.

Backlist bump: The Illegal by Lawrence Hill (Yes, it’s new, but just in case you haven’t heard of it yet.)

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