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Three Books I'm Reading Now, 9/5/22 Edition

The Books I'm Reading Now

I'm reading If I Survive You by Jonathan Escoffery, a collection of interconnected stories about a Jamaican family in Miami; I'm reading Carley Fortune's debut, Every Summer After, a story about mistakes, lost love, and new beginnings, told over six summers and a weekend; and I'm listening to And Then She Disappeared, a mystery about a decades-past disappearance that involves time travel and is the first in a series.

What are you reading and enjoying these days, bookworms?

 

01 If I Survive You by Jonathan Escoffery

If I Survive You is Jonathan Escoffery's upcoming (to be published tomorrow) collection of interconnected short stories about a Jamaican family making their way in Miami.

Topper and Sanya fled violence in their hometown of Kingston, Jamaica, in the 1970s. Life in Miami has been full of challenges: their exclusion from society as Black immigrants; the destruction and aftermath of Hurricane Andrew; the recession of 2008; and more.

But through it all, the family is driven onward--for better or worse--by what their son, Trelawny, calls “the exquisite, racking compulsion to survive.”

I received a prepublication edition of this book courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux and NetGalley.

If you like short stories, you might also want to check out the stories on the Greedy Reading List Six Short Story Collections to Wow You, or you might like some of these other collections of short stories that I've reviewed.

 

02 Every Summer After by Carley Fortune

In Carley Fortune's debut Every Summer After, Persephone Fraser knows all too well the saying "you can't go home again." It's been ten years since she made the biggest mistake of her life in the wondrous place where she spent her youthful summers, Barry's Bay.

Now Percy is making her way in the city, trying (and failing) to avoid thinking about how she's disconnected from the place and the people who helped shape her into who she is.

But when she returns to the lake for Sam Florek's mother's funeral, she's swept back into the connection she and Sam once had, and her determination to keep her heart closed might be shaken--along with everything else around which she's built her young adult life.

Every Summer After is a love story told over the course of six summers and a weekend.

 

03 And Then She Vanished (Joseph Bridgeman #1) by Nick Jones

Joseph Bridgeman only looked away for a second. But in that instant, his little sister Amy disappeared. And two decades later, Joe is still haunted by her absence. He obsesses what he might have done differently and how she might still be here.

He's always had certain "viewings": he can sometimes touch an object and see clear scenes from the past, understanding how and when that object was important to someone.

But when, in an attempt to cure his insomnia, he undergoes hypnotherapy...he finds out that he can travel back through time.

He repeatedly attempts to time travel to the night Amy disappeared, but the time he can spend in the past gets shorter and shorter, and if he can't reach the correct night soon, he'll never figure out what happened to Amy.

I'm listening to And Then She Vanished as an audiobook with Ray Porter as the narrator.