11 Upcoming 2018 Releases by Latinx Authors
This is a post inspired by Eissell (@whatcharli on Instagram), thank you for your kind comments! Although my TBR pile is just about reaching my roof at this point, I am always on the lookout for upcoming awesome titles and have compiled a list of some that I am especially excited about to share with you!
Looking for upcoming titles can be a bit tricky since there is no one place to find upcoming titles so this is by no means a comprehensive list. If I missed one that you know of and are excited about, please let me know and I’ll be happy to include it in the list! I haven’t read any of these titles so all of the descriptions are from the publishers. Some are paperback releases or part of a series and I have indicated this in the description.
Have you heard of any of these titles? Which ones are you looking forward to?
1. THE CHANDELIER by Clarice Lispector
Publication date: March 27, 2018
Publisher: New Directions
Synopsis: As Virginia seeks freedom via creation, the drama of her isolated life is almost entirely internal: from childhood, she sculpts clay figurines from which she could shape a world. While on one level simply the story of a woman’s life, The Chandelier’s real drama lies in Lispector’s attempt “to find the nucleus made of a single instant … the tenuous triumph and the defeat, perhaps nothing more than breathing.” The Chandelier pushes Lispector’s lifelong quest for that nucleus into deeper territories than any of her other amazing works.
Why I am looking forward to this book: Clarice Lispector is a titan in Brazilian literature whose work is just beginning to be translated to English. Her second novel in particular launched her to fame and comes highly recommended as a must in experimental fiction.
2. AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART: A NOVEL by Elaine Castillo
Publication date: April 3, 2018
Synopsis: Three generations of women from one immigrant family trying to reconcile the home they left behind with the life they’re building in America. Illuminating the violent political history of the Philippines in the 1980s and 1990s and the insular immigrant communities that spring up in the suburban United States with an uncanny ear for the unspoken intimacies and pain that get buried by the duties of everyday life and family ritual, Castillo delivers a powerful, increasingly relevant novel about the promise of the American dream and the unshakable power of the past.
Why I am looking forward to this book: Filipino fiction is definitely an area I feel under-read in and I’m always on the lookout for awesome own voices in literary fiction.
3. THE DEFIANT HEIR by Melissa Caruso (Swords and Fire series #2)
Publication date: April 24, 2018.
Synopsis: Across the border, the Witch Lords of Vaskandar are preparing for war. But before an invasion can begin, they must call a rare gathering of all seventeen lords to decide a course of action. Lady Amalia Cornaro knows that this Conclave might be her only chance to smother the growing flames of war, and she is ready to make any sacrifice if it means saving Raverra from destruction.Amalia and Zaira must go behind enemy lines, using every ounce of wit and cunning they have, to sway Vaskandar from war. Or else it will all come down to swords and fire.
Why I am looking forward to this book: Fantasy with a kick-ass female protagonist is basically my book catnip also includes steampunky elements: double yes.
4. BRUJA BORN by Zoraida Cordova (Brooklyn Brujas #2)
Publication date: June 5, 2018.
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Synopsis: Lula Mortiz feels like an outsider. Her sister's newfound Encantrix powers have wounded her in ways that Lula's bruja healing powers can't fix, and she longs for the comfort her family once brought her. Thank the Deos for Maks, her sweet, steady boyfriend who sees the beauty within her and brings light to her life.
Then a bus crash turns Lula's world upside down. Her classmates are all dead, including Maks. But Lula was born to heal, to fix. She can bring Maks back, even if it means seeking help from her sisters and defying Death herself. But magic that defies the laws of the deos is dangerous. Unpredictable. And when the dust settles, Maks isn't the only one who's been brought back...
Why I am looking forward to this book: The first book ended on such a cliffhanger! I need to know what happens next! Also this cover is gorgeous!
5. LOVE WAR STORIES by Ivelisse Rodriguez
Publication Date: July 10, 2018
Genre: Short stories, Fiction
Publisher: Feminist Press
Synopsis: Puerto Rican girls are brought up to want one thing: true love. Yet they are raised by women whose lives are marked by broken promises, grief, and betrayal. While some believe that they’ll be the ones to finally make it work, others swear not to repeat cycles of violence. This collection documents how these “love wars” break out across generations as individuals find themselves caught in the crosshairs of romance, expectations, and community.
Why I am looking forward to this book: Full disclosure, I found out about Ivelisse’s upcoming book though an organization that we are both part of but this did not affect in anyway the genuine excitement I felt when reading the synopsis of this books and I absolutely cannot wait to read it.
6. FRUIT OF THE DRUNKEN TREE: A Novel by by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Publication Date: July 31, 2018
Genre: Fiction / Family Life
Publisher: Harper Collins
Synopsis: Seven-year-old Chula and her older sister Cassandra enjoy carefree lives thanks to their gated community in Bogotá, but the threat of kidnappings, car bombs, and assassinations hover just outside the neighborhood walls, where the godlike drug lord Pablo Escobar continues to elude authorities and capture the attention of the nation.
When their mother hires Petrona, a live-in-maid from the city's guerrilla-occupied slum, Chula makes it her mission to understand Petrona's mysterious ways. But Petrona's unusual behavior belies more than shyness. She is a young woman crumbling under the burden of providing for her family as the rip tide of first love pulls her in the opposite direction. As both girls' families scramble to maintain stability amidst the rapidly escalating conflict, Petrona and Chula find themselves entangled in a web of secrecy that will force them both to choose between sacrifice and betrayal.
Inspired by the author's own life, and told through the alternating perspectives of the willful Chula and the achingly hopeful Petrona, Fruit of the Drunken Tree contrasts two very different, but inextricable coming-of-age stories. In lush prose, Rojas Contreras sheds light on the impossible choices women are often forced to make in the face of violence and the unexpected connections that can blossom out of desperation
Why I am looking forward to this book: I know the saying goes “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” but wow, if the cover is any indication the books is going to be amazing! I’ve also seen this books pop up on a ton of anticipated releases lists too!
7. THE BOOK OF EMMA REYES by Emma Reyes (Translated by, Daniel Alarcón)
Publication date: August 7, 2018 (Paperback)
Genre: Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Synopsis: This astonishing memoir was hailed as an instant classic when first published in Colombia in 2012, nearly a decade after the death of its author, who was encouraged in her writing by Gabriel García Márquez. Comprised of letters written over the course of thirty years, and translated and introduced by acclaimed writer Daniel Alarcón, it describes in vivid, painterly detail the remarkable courage and limitless imagination of a young girl growing up with nothing.
Why I am looking forward to this book: I cannot wait to for the story of this amazing artist, contemporary of Frida Kahlo and literary powerhouse to become more accessible to English-speaking readers.
8. BLIND KISS: A NOVEL by Renée Carlino
Publication date: August 14, 2018
Genre: Fiction / Contemporary Women
Publisher: Atria Books
Synopsis: Penny spends her afternoons sitting outside a sandwich shop, surrounded by ghosts. Fourteen years ago, this shop was her childhood dance studio—and she was a dancer on the rise. Now she’s a suburban housewife, dreading the moment her son departs for MIT, leaving her with an impeccably decorated McMansion and a failing marriage. She had her chance at wild, stars-in-her-eyes happiness, but that was a lifetime ago. After The Kiss. Before The Decision.
Why I am looking forward to this book: am always here for steamy contemporary romances. Especially those with unconventional heroines!
9. THE VICTORIA IN MY HEAD by Janelle Milanes
Genre: YA/ Contemporary
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Synopsis: Victoria Cruz inhabits two worlds: In one, she is a rock star, thrashing the stage with her husky voice and purple-streaked hair. In the other, currently serving as her reality, Victoria is a shy teenager with overprotective Cuban parents, who sleepwalks through her life at the prestigious Evanston Academy. Unable to overcome the whole paralyzing-stage-fright thing, Victoria settles for living inside her fantasies, where nothing can go wrong and everything is set to her expertly crafted music playlists.
But after a chance encounter with an unattainably gorgeous boy named Strand, whose band seeks a lead singer, Victoria is tempted to turn her fevered daydreams into reality. To do that, she must confront her insecurities and break away from the treadmill that is her life. Suddenly, Victoria is faced with the choice of staying on the path she’s always known and straying off-course to find love, adventure, and danger.
Why I am looking forward to this book: This rings so many of my bells, dual lives, prestigious academies and a dose of carpe diem.
10. 500 WORDS OR LESS Juleah del Rosario
Publication Date: September 25, 2018.
Genre: YA/ Contemporary
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Synopsis: A high school senior attempts to salvage her reputation among her Ivy League–obsessed classmates by writing their college admissions essays and in the process learns big truths about herself in this mesmerizing debut novel-in-verse, perfect for fans of Gayle Forman and Sonya Sones.
Nic Chen refuses to spend her senior year branded as the girl who cheated on her charismatic and lovable boyfriend. To redefine her reputation among her Ivy League–obsessed classmates, Nic begins writing their college admissions essays.
But the more essays Nic writes for other people, the less sure she becomes of herself, the kind of person she is, and whether her moral compass even points north anymore.
Provocative, brilliant, and achingly honest, 500 Words or Less explores the heartbreak and hope that marks the search for your truest self.
Why I am looking forward to this book: Bookish brown girl, teenage drama, moral conflict. I am here for this.
11. CUBA ON THE VERGE: 12 WRITERS ON CONTINUITY AND CHANGE IN HAVANA AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY by Leila Guerriero
Publication Date: December 11, 2018 (Paperback)
Genre: Literary Collections / Essays
Synopsis: Just ninety miles from United States shores yet inaccessible to most Americans until recently, Cuba fascinates as much as it confounds. Images of the Buena Vista Social Club, wild nights at the Tropicana, classic cars, and bearded rebels clinching cigars only scrape the surface of Cuba’s complex history and legacy. As the US and Cuba move toward the normalization of diplomatic relations after an epic fifty-six-year standoff, we find ourselves face-to-face with one of the few places in the world that has been off limits to most Americans. We know that Cuba is changing, but from what and into what? And what does this change mean for the Cuban people as well as for the rest of the world?
Why I am looking forward to this book: I feel like despite the physical closeness between Cuba and the US, there remain a lot of misconceptions and uncertainty from Americans looking from the outside in, these own voices will contribute much needed reflections to the dialogue of this country in a period of transition.